‘The US Department of Justice will not bring civil rights charges against six Baltimore police officers involved in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, the young African-American man whose killing sparked mass protests in 2015.
In a nine-page statement, the department said on Tuesday that “the evidence is insufficient to prove beyond a reasonable doubt” that the officers who arrested Gray “willfully violated” his civil rights.
“Accordingly, the investigation into this incident has been closed without prosecution,” the statement concluded.
Gray died of severe spinal injuries on April 19, 2015, a week after he was arrested and detained by police. The 25-year-old was handcuffed and shackled in the back of a police van, but he was not restrained by a seat belt. During the transport, he suffered a broken neck and lost consciousness.
Prosecutors charged the six police officers, including a lieutenant and a sergeant, with multiple counts ranging from second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter to reckless endangerment in connection with the incident.’