Six police officers are going to be charged with murder of 25-year-old Freddie Gray who died in police custody in Baltimore in the United States.
That Gray was an African American, has been the reason for the riots in Baltimore.
- We believe there are sufficient grounds for charges. The decision is based on the conclusions of our comprehensive, thorough and independent investigation, as well as medical examinations stating that the Grays death was a murder, said District Attorney Marilyn Mosby at a news conference on Friday.
The most serious accusation is against the driver of the police car that was used when Gray was arrested. The policeman is charged with murder, manslaughter, assault and abuse of power. Three other police officers are charged with murder, and another two are charged with assault and abuse of power.
Baltimore police union disagrees with the decision, according to news agency AP. The union believes the police officers just did their job and that they were not responsible for the 25-year-old's death.
There have been demonstrations and riots in Baltimore after the death was known.
Commenting on the charges on Friday, President Barack Obama said that it is absolutely necessary to get the truth out.
- It is absolutely necessary that the truth about what happened to Freddie Gray is revealed, Obama said.
- All evidence must be presented, the president continued, adding that he has not been able to read the charges and that he therefore can not comment on all aspects of the case.
- What I think Baltimore's citizens want more than anything else now, is the truth. It's also what the people of the country expect, said Obama.
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