All charges dropped against remaining officers in Freddie Gray case

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BALTIMORE — Prosecutors are dropping charges against the three remaining officers facing trial in connection with Freddie Gray‘s death, it was announced Wednesday.

Six officers were charged in connection with the April 2015 death of Gray, a 25-year-old who died after sustaining a neck injury while in police custody.

A pretrial hearing for Officer Garrett Miller had been set for Wednesday. Trials for officers Alicia White and William Porter had been scheduled for the fall.

Baltimore Chief Deputy State’s Attorney Michael Schatzow made the request to drop charges against them in court Wednesday.

Three officers had already been acquitted in the case: Edward Nero, a bike officer involved in the initial police encounter with Gray; Caesar Goodson, who drove the van; and Lt. Brian Rice, the highest-ranking officer charged in connection with Gray’s death.

In December, a judge declared a mistrial after a jury deadlocked in the case of Porter, the first officer on trial in connection with the arrest and death of Gray.

The death of Gray, who was black, ignited a wave of protests as debate surged nationwide over whether police use excessive force, particularly against African-Americans.

The announcement that charges against the three officers will be dropped comes more than a year after Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced the officers would be charged, drawing praise from some for taking on the case, and criticism from others who said there wasn’t enough evidence to convict the officers.

Mosby slammed the way police handled their investigation.

“There were individual police officers that were witnesses to the case, yet were part of the investigative team, interrogations that were conducted without asking the most poignant questions, lead detectives that were completely uncooperative and started a counter-investigation to disprove the state’s case,” Mosby said.

“For those that believe that I’m anti-police, it’s simply not the case. I’m anti-police brutality. And I need not remind you that the only loss — and the greatest loss — in all of this was that of Freddie Gray’s life. “My office has never wavered in our commitment to seeking justice on his behalf.