The Gray family’s attorney, Billy Murphy, said the family was “satisfied” with the Mosby’s decision, calling it “a step on the road to justice.” The fear had been that “this [would] be like so many places, swept under the rug,” he said. “There was no sweeping and no rug.”
Several officers have been charged with second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and misconduct for failing to secure Gray with a seat belt during his transportation in a police van and denying him medical care for the injuries he sustained during the ride.
The stiffest charge — second-degree depraved-heart murder — was filed against the driver of the police van, Officer Caesar R. Goodson Jr. He faces up to 30 years on the murder charge and 10 years each for involuntary manslaughter, assault and manslaughter by vehicle.
William Porter, Sgt. Alicia White and Lt. Brian Rice were each charged with involuntary manslaughter, assault in the second degree and misconduct and other charges. Officer Edward Nero and Garrett Miller were charged with intentional assault in the second degree, negligent misconduct and false imprisonment. All of the officers also face a charge of misconduct in office.
By Friday afternoon, all six officers were in custody.
“As mayor, I will continue to be relentless in changing the culture of the police department,” said Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. “There will be justice for Mr. Gray. There will be justice for his family, and there will be justice for the people of Baltimore.”
However, a lawyer for the Baltimore police union, Michael Davey, called the charges “an egregious rush to judgment.” In a letter released over its Twitter account, the union also asked Mosby to appoint a special prosecutor to the investigation because of her personal connection to Murphy, who has been a mentor to her and contributed to her election campaign.
“I have very deep concerns about the many conflicts of interest presented by your office conducting an investigation in the case,” wrote Gene Ryan, president of the Fraternal Order of Police No. 3. “These conflicts include your personal and professional relationship with Gray family attorney William Murphy and the lead prosecutor’s connections with members of the local media.”
Ryan also wrote that the “most important” conflict of interest is that Marilyn Mosby’s husband, Nick Mosby, is a Baltimore city councilman whose “political future will be directly impacted, for better or worse, by the outcome of your investigation.”
Marilyn Mosby’s office rejected claims that her relationship with Murphy presents a conflict with her duties.