Saying that she was “sickened and heart-broken” by a statement of criminal charges against six city police officers released Friday, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said she would “continue to be relentless in changing the culture” of the city’s police department.
During a brief press conference early Friday afternoon, Rawlings-Blake said there would be justice for Freddie Gray, for his family and for the people of Baltimore, and that five of the six officers were already in custody.
“No one in our city is above the law,” Rawlings-Blake said. “Justice must apply to all of us equally.”
The mayor also said she had ordered Police Commissioner Anthony Batts to “utilize the full extent of his legal authority” and suspend all six officers without pay.
Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby announced Friday morning that the six officers had been charged in connection with the homicide of Freddie Gray, 25, who died last month after suffering a severe spinal injury while in police custody.
“We know the vast majority of the men and the women in the Baltimore City Police Department serve our city with pride, with honor, and with distinction,” Rawlings-Blake said. “But 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 did not take questions from reporters.