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REVEALED: The six suspended Baltimore police officers charged with the death of Freddie Gray

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
The six officers have been charged.
The six officers have been charged.

These are the six suspended Baltimore police officers who have been charged with the death of Freddie Gray

The three black and three white  officer are  a mix of veterans and recent recruits, of varying ranks and assignments.

The five men and one woman have been thrust into the centre of one of the nation’s most volatile police controversies.

The most senior officer charged is Lt Brian Rice, 41, a 17-year-veteran of the force. 

According to court records, Rice was the officer who initially made eye contact with Gray while on a bicycle patrol in one of Baltimore’s most distressed neighbourhoods, chasing him on foot when he fled.

Officers Garrett Miller (26) and Edward M. Nero (29) - both of whom are white and joined the force in 2012 - caught Gray as he fled through the Sandtown-Winchester neighbourhood, handcuffing him with his arms behind his back.

The three men then loaded Gray into a police van but failed to belt him in, as called for by police regulations

Officer Caesar Goodson (45) a 16-year veteran of the force who is black, was the driver of the van. Goodson also failed to buckle Gray with a seatbelt. It was because Gray was handcuffed and shackled by his feet but not belted in that he suffered a “critical neck injury,” Mosby said.

Officer William Porter (25) also joined the force in 2012. He met up with the van after Goodson called dispatchers and asked for an officer to come check on Gray. Mosby said Porter, who is black, neglected, along with Goodson, to respond to Gray’s plea for medical assistance.

The van was eventually met by Sgt. Alicia White (30) an African-American officer who joined the force in 2010.

The state attorney in Baltimore has filed criminal charges against all six involved in the arrest of  Gray (25), whose death after suffering a fatal spinal injury in custody sparked riots.

State prosecutor Marilyn Mosby told reporters that a two-week investigation by her office, combined with a medical examiner’s determination that Mr Gray’s death was “a homicide”, led her to believe that the city had “probable cause to file criminal charges.”

News of the charges led to cheers from residents and honking horns on Baltimore’s streets, scenes of celebration in stark contrast to the violent confrontations between rioters and police that ravaged the city earlier this week.

Ms Mosby said Mr Gray was handcuffed with his hands behind his back and his legs restrained and that he suffered a fatal spinal injury in the back of a police van. She found that he had not been buckled into a seat in the van.