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Baltimore Police Union Defends Gray Officers

In a letter addressed to Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby on Friday, the city’s Fraternal Order of Police defended the six officers connected to the death of Freddie Gray, 25.

Gray suffered from head and spinal cord injuries during an encounter with Baltimore PD on April 12. He died a week later.

The police union pinned the letter shortly after Mosby announced charges against the officers in connection to his death. An autopsy released earlier this week ruled Gray’s death a homicide.

“As tragic as this situation is, none of the officers involved are responsible for the death of Mr. Gray,” Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3 President Gene Ryan wrote in the letter to Mosby. “Each of the officers diligently balanced their obligations to protect Mr. Gray and discharge their duties to protect the public.”

The union is asking Mosby to appoint a special independent prosecutor to determine if the officers involved in the case should be charged. It also expressed concerns about the “many conflicts of interest presented by [Mosby’s] office conducting an investigation in this case.”

Ryan also questioned Mosby’s “personal and professional” relationship with the Gray family attorney. He also noted Mosby’s alleged connections with members of the local media.

Read more at Newsweek.