The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] announced [press release] on Tuesday that it will be not pursue charges against the six Baltimore police officers for the death of Freddie Gray, finding there was insufficient evidence prove beyond a reasonable doubt that officers willfully violated federal civil rights. The DOJ conducted an independent investigation into Gray's death after Baltimore State's Attorney criminal charges against the officers were dismissed. The DOJ determined that the requirements of the relevant criminal statute, 18 USC § 242 [text], were not met, concluding that "although Gray's death is undeniably tragic, the evidence in this case is insufficient to meet these substantial evidentiary requirements ... and for the reasons explained ... this matter is not a prosecutable violation of the federal civil rights statutes." The DOJ further concluded that the officers had probable cause to arrest and search Gray after he made eye contact with one the officers and immediately fled in an area known for drug trafficking.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017