DOJ won't bring federal charges against officers in Freddie Gray case

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The Justice Department won't bring federal charges against six Baltimore police officers involved in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray.

The Gray family's attorney, Billy Murphy, says the Justice Department informed him on Tuesday that no charges would be filed.

After a mistrial and three acquittals, Baltimore's top prosecutor had announced she was ending local authorities' effort to prosecute the officers, because winning a conviction had proven too hard. Three others had their cases dropped.

Gray was arrested by Baltimore police on April 12, 2015, following a short foot chase.

Gray's death while in police custody in 2015 set off weeks of protests and rioting in Baltimore. Alicia White, Officer Garrett Miller and Officer William Porter, citing the unlikely chance of a conviction with Williams scheduled to preside over their trials as well.

The department's online schedule lists the trials, but not the officers' names. The decision means none of the officers will be held criminally responsible for Gray's death.

Michael E. Davis, an attorney for the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 3, said in a statement he hadn't heard anything from the Department of Justice, but said they are "pleased" to hear media reports. The discipline trials will provide them "the opportunity to address those findings", he said.

"After an extensive review of this tragic event, conducted by career prosecutors and investigators, the Justice Department concluded that the evidence is insufficient to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that" the officers "willfully violated Gray's civil rights", the department said in a press release. Goodson, who drove the van, was the sole officer charged with murder. The hearings are public.

All six ─ Officers Caesar R. Goodson Jr., Garrett E. Miller, Edward M. Nero, William G. Porter, Lt. Brian W. Rice and Sgt. Alicia D. White ─ faced murder and manslaughter charges in state courts a year ago.

Porter had previously gone to trial, which ended with a hung jury and a mistrial. Three - Goodson, Rice and White - face termination from the force, while Miller and Nero face five days suspension without pay.

Porter is not facing any internal discipline based on the findings of the investigation by the two county police agencies. The city is now under a consent decree with the Justice Department mandating sweeping reforms.

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