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Six Officers Charged in the Murder of Freddie Gray

Baltimore Police Freddie Gray Case

The death of Freddie Gray was officially ruled as a homicide by Baltimore’s attorney, Marilyn Mosby. All six officers involved in the case will face criminal charges. They were quickly taken into custody following the announcement by the attorney’s prosecutor.

Even though the officers had reasonable suspicion to stop and question Gray, they did not have probable cause to arrest him. The officers made an illegal arrest.

Footage that caught the arrest on tape showed the cops using profound force on Gray while leading him to the van. But the investigation revealed Gray was not injured until the ride started.

While in the van, Gray’s head struck a bolt that was sticking out of the wall. He hit the bolt so hard it broke his neck, causing the massive spinal injury. A law enforcement official reported that his injuries were like that of a car accident victim. The investigation also revealed the van made a stop at an undisclosed and unreported location before arriving at the jail.

Lt. Brian Rice, the officer who first made contact with Gray, was hospitalized in April 2012 concerning his mental health. He reportedly stated that he “could not continue to go on like this” and threatened to commit an act which has not been made public.

Each officer is facing specific charges depending on their involvement in the case. Here’s a breakdown of the charges that have been released:

Officer Caesar R. Goodson Jr.

  • Second-degree depraved-heart murder 30 years
  • Involuntary manslaughter 10 years
  • Second-degree assault 10 years
  • Manslaughter by vehicle (gross negligence) 10 years
  • Manslaughter by vehicle (criminal negligence) 3 years
  • Misconduct in office

Officer William G. Porter

  • Involuntary manslaughter 10 years
  • Second-degree assault 10 years
  • Misconduct in office

Lt. Brian W. Rice

  • Involuntary manslaughter 10 years
  • Two counts of second-degree assault Each has a maximum penalty of 10 years
  • Two counts of misconduct in office
  • False imprisonment

Officer Edward M. Nero

  • Two counts of second-degree assault Each has a maximum penalty of 10 years
  • Two counts of misconduct in office
  • False imprisonment

Officer Garrett E. Miller

  • Two counts of second-degree assault Each has a maximum penalty of 10 years
  • Two counts of misconduct in office
  • False imprisonment

Sgt. Alicia D. White

  • Involuntary manslaughter 10 years
  • Second-degree assault 10 years
  • Misconduct in office

Minnesota Friends Face Criminal Charges for Attempting to Join ISIS

Six Minnesota men were charged on April 20th for conspiring to provide and attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The men, ranging in age from 19-21, drove from Minneapolis to San Diego in hopes of reaching Mexico to fly to Syria.

ISISThe multiple arrests were a victory for the FBI after a 10-month long investigation of ISIS recruitment in Minneapolis.

In addition to the six men, another man was caught trying to join ISIS but agreed to work with authorities and stop all efforts in reaching Syria. He worked as an informant, receiving about $13,000 for helping the FBI catch the recruits. The man handed over secretly recorded conversations and meetings of the six other men to authorities.

The men appeared in court Thursday the 23rd, greeted by support from their families and community. But, anger from the community towards the FBI was potent at the courthouse. The community was furious that the informant handed over most of the evidence the FBI needed to arrest them. They believed without this information, the FBI would not have any evidence to charge the men.

An FBI agent testified that the evidence the informant provided proved the men persisted in trying to reach Syria to join ISIS even after they had been stopped from boarding planes en route to the country.

It is common knowledge ISIS is a threatening foreign terrorist group. Terrorist activity and engagement in terrorism by ISIS can easily be proved to the court. Because of these three factors, the six men are facing either a fine, imprisonment not over 15 years, or both for attempting to help a known foreign terrorist organization.