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What’s Happening in the Freddie Gray Trials

Posted by Steve Schram on May 10, 2016 at 10:48 AM

Originally published on May 9, 2016 on the New York Times by Jess Bidgood.

BALTIMORE — The trials of the six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who sustained a fatal spinal injury while in the custody of the Baltimore police, are winding their way through the courts. Mr. Gray’s death set off widespread unrest and became part of a national conversation on police conduct. Here is an update on legal proceedings.

What happened to Freddie Gray?

The police van in which Freddie Gray sustained a fatal spinal injury last year.CreditIan Duncan/The Baltimore Sun, via Associated Press

On April 12, 2015, Mr. Gray was pursued and arrested by officers who said he was carrying an illegal knife; prosecutors have raised questions on that count. Video taken by bystanders shows Mr. Gray being dragged into a police van. Prosecutors and defense lawyers agree that he sustained a spinal injury during the ride, but disagree on when. Mr. Gray died a week later. His death was ruled a homicide.

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