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Update: 5/1/15, 11:39 am: State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, speaking at a Friday news conference, blasted the six officers involved in Gray’s arrest on April 12, Fox News reports.

She said Gray suffered a broken neck that proved fatal a week later and that police had no basis for arresting Gray, who police said avoided eye contact and was carrying a switchblade, reports the news outlet. He was arrested on April 12, apparently for possession of a switchblade.

Fox News reports:

One police officer, identified as Caesar Goodson, 45, was charged with second-degree murder, while others were charged with crimes including manslaughter and assault.

“No one is above the law,” declared Mosby, who said she comes from three generations of law enforcement and has been on the job for four months. Her husband is Baltimore City Councilman Nick Mosby, who has spoken out about the riots and anger in the city’s African-American community.

Gray suffered a broken neck, apparently while riding in the back of the Baltimore police van. Mosby said Friday the medical examiner had ruled the death a homicide. Police sources have said his injuries may have been caused by his head hitting a bolt inside the vehicle, according to local reports citing sources familiar with a police report now in the hands of state prosecutors.

Update: 5/1/15, 11:00 am: Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced Friday that Freddie Gray’s death has been ruled a homicide and there is probable cause to file charges against all six police officers involved in his detention, reports the Chicago Tribune.

Warrants have been issued for the officers’ arrest after charges were filed Friday morning, around 9:30 a.m. local time, reports the news outlet.

From the Chicago Tribune:

Just before news of the charges was announced, the Baltimore police union asked the state’s attorney Marilyn Mosby to appoint special independent prosecutor to investigate the death of Freddie Gray, whose death has set off waves of protests in Baltimore and around the nation. 

Fraternal Order of Police local president Gene Ryan told Mosby in a letter Friday that the union is concerned about her ties to Gray family attorney Billy Murphy.

Murphy was among Mosby’s biggest campaign contributors last year, donating the maximum individual amount allowed, $4,000, in June. He was also on Mosby’s transition team after the election.

Stay tuned for more information in this developing story…

Earlier:

Raising more questions than answers about the mystery surrounding the death of Freddie Gray, reports emerged Thursday that he was fatally injured during an approximate 40-minute ride in the rear of a police transport van, not during his arrest, according to ABC 7.

A Baltimore police investigation has found no evidence that Gray’s fatal injuries were caused during an arrest captured on viral video, multiple law enforcement sources told WJLA, the network’s Baltimore, Maryland affiliate, after police turned over their findings Thursday to State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby.

Gray, 25, who died on April 19 after injuries from an arrest, is the latest symbol in an ongoing debate about police violence in Black communities. Fiery protests erupted in the city Monday after his funeral and reignited protests throughout the week against police violence across the nation, including in Philadelphia and New York City.

From ABC 7:

Sources said the medical examiner found Gray’s catastrophic injury was caused when he slammed into the back of the police transport van, apparently breaking his neck; a head injury he sustained matches a bolt in the back of the van.

Details surrounding exactly what caused Gray to slam into the back of the van were unclear. The officer driving the van has yet to give a statement to authorities. It’s also unclear whether Gray’s head injury was voluntary or was a result of some other action.

The Medical Examiner’s Office declined to comment on this open investigation and said it does not release preliminary findings.

And in new information that came to light Thursday, police told reporters that the van made an additional stop as it traveled to the police precinct, according to CNN, citing other new developments in the case.

From CNN:

An officer involved in the arrest believes Gray was injured before being put into the vehicle, according to a relative who gave the officer’s account to CNN.

A second prisoner, who was picked up after Gray, told investigators that he thought Gray “was intentionally trying to injure himself,” according to The Washington Post.

Now, just how Gray was injured and whether police are responsible for his death are questions being handled by Marilyn Mosby, the city’s state attorney.

SOURCE: ABC 7, CNN | PHOTO CREDIT:

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