BALTIMORE (AP) — Fourteen months after an arrestee’s death prompted massive protests and spawned rioting, Baltimore’s top prosecutor dismissed the cases for the remaining officers, drawing the highest-profile prosecution in Baltimore’s recent history to a close.
Freddie Gray died in April of last year, a week after his neck was broken in the back of a police wagon. Three officers charged in the case were acquitted, and a fourth was slated for retrial after his proceedings ended in a hung jury last year.
State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby on Wednesday was righteous in her rage, and turned what could have been a concession speech into an indictment of the police department, blaming a biased investigation for her office’s failure to secure a conviction.
The proceedings revealed deep fissures among the police, prosecutors and the people of Baltimore.