The defense attorneys for the six Baltimore police officers charged with the death of Freddie Gray in April have claimed the prosecution is withholding critical information that could vindicate their clients. According to the Baltimore Sun:
Prosecutors have information indicating that Freddie Gray “attempted to injure himself” during a previous arrest, but have intentionally withheld it from their criminal case against the six Baltimore police officers charged in Gray’s apprehension and death in April, the officers’ attorneys said in a court filing Thursday.
“Based upon information and belief, the State’s Attorney’s Office was informed of this fact, yet failed to disclose to the Defendants any statements, reports, or other communications relating to this information,” they wrote.
Gray, a 25-year-old Baltimore man with a history of arrests, died in April after suffering a severe spinal cord injury in a police van. Six officers who were involved in his arrest and transport on April 12 have been charged with violations that range from misconduct in office to second-degree murder.
The information from numerous eye witnesses related to Mr. Gray’s attempt to hurt himself during previous arrests. Considering the six officers are charged with Mr. Gray’s death while transporting him during an arrest, it’s very relevant to the case, and hurtful to the prosecutors narrative of events.
If true, it’s possible the charges could be dropped and the six officers under indictment could be set free. This is a huge development in an already controversial case.
What do you think? Was the prosecutor correct in withholding the information? Leave a comment with your thoughts below.