Cue the protests.
It’s official, no federal charges will be filed against six Baltimore officers involved in Freddie Gray’s death.
Gray died of injured that occurred while he was in custody. Gray died of a broken neck and compacted spine a week after he was arrested in April 2015. Gray, who was 25-years-old at the time of his arrest and subsequent death, was shackled and handcuffed, but he was not buckled in with a seat belt.
This isn’t the first time officers got off from Gray’s death. The officers involved faced state criminal charges but they weren’t convicted.
The Justice Department was looking into whether Gray’s civil rights were violated by the police.
The department said in a statement:
“To the extent that the officers violated department policy in failing to seat-belt Gray, those failures suggest civil negligence rather than the high standard of deliberate indifference.”
In other words, the federal prosecutors didn’t find enough evidence to prove the officers willfully violated his civil rights.