Prosecutors on Wednesday dropped all remaining charges against the three Baltimore police officers still awaiting trial in the death of Freddie Gray, whose neck was broken as he was transported unrestrained in the back of a police van in April 2015.
Three other officers, including the driver of the van, already were acquitted and a mistrial was declared for a fourth officer. Wednesday’s decision means no one will be held criminally responsible for Gray’s death, which sparked protests across the city, reported the Associated Press.
After the announcement, State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said at a news conference that there is an “inherent bias” whenever “police police themselves.”
“We do not believe Freddie Gray killed himself,” she added.
Attorneys for the police officers said justice had been served and they praised the police department for a thorough investigation, reported the AP.
Lt. Gene Ryan, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3, described Mosby’s comments as “outrageous and uncalled for and simply untrue,” reported the Baltimore Sun.
In response to the case, the police department has overhauled its use-of-force policy, and all officers eventually will be equipped with body cameras.