Baltimore Police Officers Out on Bail; Protesters Linger
The six police officers involved in the arrest and transport of Baltimore resident Freddie Gray are now out on bail. The officers were charged on Friday after the city’s state’s attorney, Marilyn Mosby, determined Gray’s death in police custody was a homicide. After a brief period of detention in central booking and intake, the officers paid bail for their release in amounts ranging from $250,000 to $350,000 each. The felony charges included manslaughter, assault, and second-degree murder.
Meanwhile, The Guardian reports that 18-year-old protester Allen Bullock, who was charged with rioting and property destruction during the height of the unrest in Baltimore, is being held on $500,000 bail. Bullock caught the eye of cameras as he smashed a police car’s windows with a traffic cone. He turned himself in at the urging of his parents, who can’t afford the bail.
A public defender working with other protesters who were detained on disorderly conduct charges told Newsweek that inflated bail amounts have long been an issue: “People in Baltimore often refer to bails as ransoms because they’re impossible to meet.”
Here are the latest developments out of Baltimore.
Baltimore celebrates: The announcement Friday that criminal charges would be brought against the officers involved in Gray’s death came as a welcome surprise for many residents, changing the mood in the city. (via The New York Times)
Marilyn Mosby: Here are a few facts about the young prosecutor whose Friday announcement electrified Baltimore. (via New York)
The officers: Who are the officers facing criminal charges in Gray’s death? (via The Baltimore Sun)
Nationwide protests: The Ferguson National Response Network, a grassroots organizing group, announced solidarity marches and demonstrations for Baltimore in cities across the country, set for Saturday. (via Ferguson Response)