Freddie Grey’s family heard that criminal charges would be brought against several police officers in the same way that the public did: by watching it on TV.
In a press conference on Friday, Grey family attorney William Murphy Jr. said the state attorney’s announcement of criminal charges for six Baltimore police officers allegedly responsible for Grey’s death surprised the family.
“We were shocked, but it was a good shock,” Murphy said.
“Today has given the Grey family a measure of hope,” Murphy said.
Grey suffered fatal injuries while in police custody, sparking protests and an investigation by the state attorney, who announced charges against the officers on Friday.
Grey’s family also called for greater criminal justice reforms, including body cameras and better police training in order to hold law enforcement accountable and reduce misconduct.
“The blue wall of silence which makes policemen wrongly conspire to conceal evil must come down,” Murphy said.
“We must seize this moment,” Murphy said. “Only this kind of lasting progress … can assure that Freddie’s death was not in pain.”
The announcement that the state attorney would bring charges came as somewhat of a surprise even to some involved in the case. The Baltimore police union seemingly had no idea that charges would be brought as late as Friday.
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