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“Not Guilty” Pleas for Baltimore Officers Connected with Freddie Gray’s Death

Police Brutality

The recent media scrutiny on a rash of police brutality cases, including several deaths, has left the nation in shock and several towns devastated by rioting. In at least one of those cases, it appears that the surviving family members of the victim may have a chance to demand justice. Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s statement that indictments would be pursued in the case of the death of Freddie Gray was widely celebrated by Baltimore citizens who believe the police officers used excessive force and/or negligence.

After hearing evidence for two weeks, a grand jury returned indictments on six Baltimore police officers.

In the latest updates on the Freddie Gray case, all six of those officers have entered “not guilty” pleas. The officers face multiple charges, including second-degree assault and second-degree murder (“depraved-heart murder”), along with illegal arrest, misconduct, and involuntary manslaughter. This criminal case is moving along, with a pretrial motions hearing scheduled for September 2 and the trial scheduled for October 13.

These pending criminal charges are separate from civil cases, and the family may choose to file a civil rights lawsuit. The New Jersey police brutality attorneys at Eisbrouch Marsh have a proven, decades-long track record in fighting for the rights of victims of civil rights violations in Passaic, Morris, Middlesex, Essex, Hudson, and Bergen County, as well as all 5 boroughs of New York City. If you or a loved one have been the victim of police misconduct in NJ, we urge you to contact our experienced attorneys as soon as possible to review your possible paths to justice.

Death caused by spinal cord injury

During the morning of April 12, 2015, police officers were patrolling an area of Baltimore known to have a high rate of crime. Upon making eye contact with Mr. Gray, he and another individual fled. Officers chased Gray, at which point he is said to have given himself up without the use of force. Gray was then reportedly dragged to the police transport van and video footage depicts him screaming in pain. Gray also reportedly requested an inhaler and was denied.

Reports indicate that the officers did not fasten Gray’s seatbelt, which is contrary to police policy. The transport van made several stops, one of which was to allow an officer to pick up Gray from the floor of the van and place him back in a seat. Gray is also said to have asked for medical attention. After being taken to the police station, Gray was examined by a medic and later taken to a hospital, where he died a week later of a broken neck. The death of the 25-year-old man sparked protests and riots in Baltimore.

Eisbrouch Marsh: fighting for your rights

The police brutality lawyers of the New Jersey law firm of Eisbrouch Marsh have a longstanding history of standing up for the legal rights of victims. We understand what it takes to build an airtight case against a police officer who exceeded the boundaries of authority and used excessive force.

Laws pertaining to police brutality lawsuits are unique. In New Jersey, for example, the Tort Claim Act may apply to lawsuits filed against state and local entities.

With the in-depth knowledge and extensive experience of our New Jersey civil rights lawyers on your side, you can demand justice for police brutality that occurred in either NJ or NYC. In recent years, millions have been paid out to victims. Demand your rightful compensation today by calling Eisbrouch Marsh at 201-977-6040 to discuss filing a NJ police misconduct lawsuit.

  1. Fox News, All 6 Baltimore police officers charged in Freddie Gray case plead not guilty, state says, http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/06/23/all-6-baltimore-police-officers-charged-in-freddie-gray-case-plead-not-guilty/
  2. CNN, What we know, don't know about Freddie Gray's arrest, http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/30/us/freddie-gray-arrest-timeline/index.html