A Justice Department criminal civil rights investigation into the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray has found “insufficient evidence” for any charges, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement.
“The Justice Department concluded that the evidence is insufficient to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Officer Caesar Goodson, Officer William Porter, Officer Garrett Miller, Officer Edward Nero, Lieutenant Brian Rice, or Sergeant Alicia White willfully violated Gray’s civil rights,” the Justice Department said in a statement. “Accordingly, the investigation into this incident has been closed without prosecution.”
Gray was arrested in April 2015 and suffered a fatal spinal injury while being transported in a police van. The largely African American city erupted in rioting on the day of his funeral, leading to a curfew and deployment of National Guard troops.
His death was one of several incidents in recent years in U.S. cities, such as Ferguson, Missouri, that sparked a nationwide debate about the use of excessive force by police, especially against black men.Read more at Reuters