Prosecutors today dropped all remaining charges against three Baltimore police officers accused in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, concluding one of the most high-profile criminal cases in Baltimore history. The Baltimore Sun reports that the “startling move was an apparent acknowledgement of the unlikelihood of a conviction” after the acquittals of three other officers on more serious charges by Circuit Judge Barry Williams, who was expected to preside over the remaining trials. It means that State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby will secure no convictions in the case after more than a year of dogged fighting, against increasingly heavy odds, to hold someone criminally accountable in Gray’s death.
Officer William Porter’s trial ended with a hung jury and a mistrial in December, before Williams acquitted officers Edward Nero, Caesar Goodson, and Lt. Brian Rice. At what was supposed to be the beginning today of the trial of officer Garrett Miller, prosecutor Michael Schatzow told Williams that the state was dropping all charges against Miller, Porter and Sgt. Alicia White. Gray, 25, suffered severe spinal cord injuries in the back of the van in April 2015 and died a week after his arrest. His death sparked widespread, peaceful protests against police brutality, and his funeral was followed by rioting, looting and arson. Prosecutors, the officers and their attorneys were all barred by a gag order from discussing the case, until after all of the officers’ cases have been adjudicated.