The Justice Department will not bring federal charges against the six Baltimore police officers who arrested Freddie Gray, a black man who suffered a fatal spinal injury in their custody in 2015, The Associated Press reports.
No officers were ever convicted over Gray's death. In 2016, three officers indicted in the case were all acquitted and state prosecutors later dropped the remaining charges.
Later that year, the Department of Justice issued a scathing report that found the Baltimore Police Department routinely conducted unlawful stops and used excessive force, disproportionately targeting black residents. "BPD teaches officers to use aggressive tactics. BPD's trainings fuel an 'us vs. them' mentality we saw some officers display toward community members, alienating the civilians they are meant to serve," the report said.
Five officers involved in the arrest of Gray still face internal disciplinary trials, AP writes. Jeva Lange