Two Years After Freddie Gray Died, Federal Probe Still Open

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Two years after Freddie Gray died from injuries suffered in Baltimore police custody, two investigations into the circumstances surrounding his arrest remain open, the Baltimore Sun reports. The U.S. Department of Justice announced it would conduct a civil rights investigation into Gray’s death on April 21, 2015, amid protests two days after his death. The Montgomery County, Md., Police Department is leading a separate review of the actions of the Baltimore police officers involved in Gray’s arrest.

Gray, 25, was chased by bike officers after they said he fled in a high-crime area. The officers said they found a knife on Gray and arrested him, placing him in the back of a police transport van. After a 45-minute trip through the city with multiple stops, including one to pick up another detainee, Gray was discovered unconscious in the back of the van. Many circumstances surrounding his arrest, his response to his arrest, his treatment by six officers involved and his transport have been disputed. None of four trials of police officers resulted in a conviction, and prosecutor Marilyn Mosby dropped all the remaining charges. Legal observers predict the Justice Department investigation will conclude without federal charges being filed, as there is a higher bar for bringing charges in federal civil rights cases than in local criminal cases.

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