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Freddie Gray Death: Prosecutor Mosby Lays Out Chain of Events During Arrest

Mosby laid out a narrative of the events on April 12 as police randomly encountered Gray in a west Baltimore neighborhood.
/ Source: NBC News

The Baltimore officers who arrested Freddie Gray have been charged with conduct so "grossly negligent" that it put him in a coma — leading to his death, Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby said Friday.

All six officers posted bond and were released by Friday afternoon.

Mosby laid out a narrative of the events — starting at about 8:45 a.m. — on April 12 as police randomly encountered Gray in a West Baltimore neighborhood. Here's a street-by-street look:

W. North Avenue and N. Mount Street

Lt. Brian Rice, Officer Edward Nero and Officer Garrett Miller are on bike patrol when they make "eye contact" with Gray, which prompts him to run.

Rice radios dispatch that he is pursuing Gray. Nero and Miller join him.

Presbury Street

The officers reach Gray, and he surrenders willingly. Nero and Miller handcuff him.

Gray is placed into a "prone position" with his hands behind his back. At that moment, he tells the officers that he cannot breathe and requests an inhaler.

Nero and Miller find a knife clipped to the inside of Gray's pants pocket. (Mosby says the knife was not a switchblade, but was "folded in," which is legal under Maryland law.)

He is first placed on the sidewalk, then ordered back down on his stomach. He begins flailing his legs and screams. The officers put him in a restraining technique known as a leg lace and hold him "against his will" until a police wagon arrives. The incident is witnessed by bystanders and caught on cellphone video.

Officer Caesar Goodson Jr. arrives with the police van. Gray is placed inside but is not secured in a seat belt as they leave the scene.

Baker and N. Mount streets

Rice, Nero and Miller remove him from the van and place flex cuffs on his wrists and leg shackles on his ankles while completing required paperwork.

He is then placed back into the wagon head first on his stomach. He is left unsecured.

Rice tells Goodson to drive Gray to central booking. On the way there, Gray suffers a "severe and critical neck injury as a result of being handcuffed, shackled by his feet and unrestrained inside of the BPD wagon."

Baker and Moser streets

Goodson stops to check on Gray's condition but doesn’t seek or render medical assistance.

He then continues driving to central booking. Several blocks later, Goodson calls dispatch and requests additional units to help check on him.

Dolphin Street and Druid Hill Avenue

Officer William Porter responds and meets up with Goodson. Porter asks Gray if he needs a medic, and Gray tells him at least twice that he does.

Both officers assess Gray and decide not to call a medic or properly restrain Gray.

The officers then receive a call asking for help to arrest a suspect on North Avenue, several blocks away.

West North and Pennsylvania avenues

Goodson — with Gray still in the back of the van — arrives to pick up the second prisoner. Goodson is met at the intersection with Nero, Miller, Porter and Rice.

Meanwhile, another officer, Sgt. Alicia White, arrives at the scene. She had been dispatched to respond to two citizen complaints pertaining to Gray's earlier arrest.

Goodson opens the back of the van, and he and Porter find Gray unresponsive on the vehicle's floor. White does nothing, "despite the fact she was advised that he needed a medic."

The second prisoner is placed into the wagon with Gray, and Goodson leaves for the Baltimore Police Department's Western District station.

N. Mount St.

The wagon arrives at the police station for booking.

The second prisoner is taken out first. By the time officers remove Gray from the vehicle, he is no longer breathing.

A medic arrives at the station and determines Gray had suffered cardiac arrest and was critically injured. He is transported to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

About 45 minutes have passed since his initial arrest.


— Erik Ortiz