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Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake of Baltimore said Friday that she was “sickened and heartbroken” by the allegations against the six police officers criminally charged for illegally arresting Freddie Gray and mistreating him in custody.
“No one is above the law in our city,” she 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 City Police Department for you.”
Rawlings-Blake spoke shortly after a city prosecutor announced the charges against the six police officers who arrested Gray on April 12. He suffered a spinal cord injury in custody and died a week later. One officer was charged with murder.
Five of the officers were in custody, Rawlings-Blake said. A warrant was out for the arrest of the sixth.
Riots, looting and fires broke out in Baltimore on Monday night. The city has been relatively calm since then. An overnight curfew, imposed on Tuesday, will remain in effect through the weekend.
The prosecutor, Marilyn Mosby, said that the officers denied Gray medical help in custody. She also said that he was carrying a legal pocket knife, not an illegal switchblade, as officers had claimed.