Baltimore mayor 'sickened and heartbroken' by charges against 6 police officers

Stephanie Rawlings-BlakeREUTERS/Shannon StapletonBaltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake speaks as U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) looks on during a news conference on the demonstrations for Freddie Grey, who died following an arrest by the Baltimore police department, in Baltimore, Maryland April 26, 2015.

In a Friday press conference, Baltimore’s mayor strongly condemned the actions of police officers allegedly responsible for the death of an unarmed black man who suffered a fatal spinal cord injury while riding in a police van.

“I was sickened and heartbroken by the charges I heard today,” Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said in a press conference on Friday.

“No one is above the law, and justice must apply to all of us equally,” Rawlings-Blake said.

Following the announcement that criminal charges will be brought against the six police officers allegedly responsible for Freddie Grey’s death, Rawlings-Blake said that she had ordered the police commissioner to suspend the officers, and that five of six were already in custody.

Rawlings-Blake said that she will to seek justice for Grey’s death, and continue to root out instances of police misconduct.

“There will be justice for Mr. Grey, there will be justice for his family and there will be justice for the people of Baltimore,” Rawlings-Blake said.

“To those of you who wish to engage in brutality, misconduct, racism and corruption, let me be clear: there is no place in the Baltimore police force for you,” Rawlings-Blake said.

The mayor’s brief appearance comes after a press conference on Friday where the state attorney outlined the charges that will be brought against the six officers allegedly involved in Grey’s death. The state prosecutor alleges that there was no reason to arrest Grey, and that the officers are responsible in failing to provide Grey with medical attention. The driver of the van carrying Grey is being charged with second-degree murder.

Rawlings-Blake joins several other local lawmakers expressing support for Mosby. On Friday, Rep. (Elijah Cummings) (D-Md) praised the decision to prosecute.

“This is a great day, and I think we need to realise that,” Cummings said. “Let the wheels of justice begin to roll and it’s good that they are rolling instead of standing still.”

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