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Freddie Gray Death Ruled A Homicide, 6 Officers Charged

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BALTIMORE — Saying that Freddie Gray's death in police custody was a homicide, State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby said on Friday that all six officers in the police-custody death of Freddie Gray have been charged.

One officer faces a second-degree murder charge while the other officers face manslaughter or assault charges, among others. Mosby says the officers failed to get Gray medical help even though he requested it repeatedly after he was arrested April 12. She called his arrest illegal.

At some point while he was in custody, he suffered a mysterious spinal injury and died a week later.

Earlier on Friday, the Baltimore police officers union asked Mosby to appoint a special independent prosecutor for the investigation.

The Fraternal Order of Police local president Gene Ryan told Mosby in a letter that the union is concerned about her ties to Gray family attorney Billy Murphy.

Murphy was among Mosby’s biggest campaign contributors last year, donating the maximum individual amount allowed, $4,000, in June. He was also on Mosby’s transition team after the election.

The union holds that none of the six officers suspended in the investigation is responsible for Gray’s death.

Also on Friday, the Maryland state medical examiner’s office said had sent the autopsy report on Freddie Gray to prosecutors. Spokesman Bruce Goldfarb said the Office of the Chief State Medical Examiner would not release the report publicly while the case is under investigation.