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news about that in the days and weeks to come. thank you very much everybody. have a great weekend. >> that's president obama reacting to the announcement made in baltimore of charges being brought, arrests warrants being issued against the six police officers who were in charge of and contacted to the apprehension and transport and ultimately the death of freddie gray the president saying those officers deserve due process, a reminder that they are innocent until proven guilty. let's get back to john terrett now who is live in baltimore. john? >> reporter: well you know, randall, the words stunning unbelievable well i certainly didn't see that coming. this is the kind of thing we're hearing here. particularly among members of the african american community. i think this has been an extraordinary day one way or another. people were not expecting this to happen in this way so
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quickly. i spoke a state senator a few moments ago, and i said how did the state attorney get this done so quickly? and she said she didn't get it done so quickly. freddie gray was arrested back on april 12th and she has been working diligently behind the scenes. we have been focusing on the interim police report and marilyn mosby all the time was working with her own team so she only had to receive the police report yesterday at 9:00 am in the morning eastern to read it to make sure that it fit with all of her report details, and she has got a big team behind her, for her to be able to come out this morning and say that there will be arrest warrants issued and charges brought against all six of the police officers involved in the arrest of freddie gray and the transportation of freddie gray back on april 12th and listen to
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the rap sheet, murder manslaughter assault, assault in the second degree negligence and misconduct and the misconduct alone stems from deliberately refusing -- or the allegation anyway -- is that the officers deliberately refused medical help for freddie gray even though he was asking for it deliberately that they decided to go to another stop rather than taking him to the hospital. and they said he had an illegal knife, when all the time it was a legal knife. and the attorney says that the medical examiner said the probable cause of death -- well in fact it was homicide. and the officer made an illegal arrest that day and failed to establish proper cause. so all of that takes a lot of air out of the balloon as far as the protests are concerned, although at the moment there is a news conference wrapping up by black lawyers for justice who
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organized last saturday's big rally here. and they are doing another one tomorrow. and they are saying this decision is extraordinary we weren't expecting it to come from this new only recently elected marilyn mosby. but they are making the point that the fight goes on -- >> john listen before -- i know you have some sound lined up but i want to bring us up to date on another part of this story, part of which was leaked yesterday and more of it you reported on this morning, this other detainee who was in the van with freddie gray who allegedly told police that he heard gray thrashing about on the other side of the van. this report obviously leaked to media, first to the baltimore "sun," and later to a tv station.
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you were talking about aching air out of the balloon of protesters obviously the prosecutor's reading of what happened takes the air out of the balloon of this explanation that was coming from someone who supports the police right, john? >> yeah. no let me make it clear. when i used that phrase air out of the balloon, i went on to say there will still be very very -- probably boisterous marches all over the united states, because the issue is not freddie alone. but in that sense -- and that was always rather odd, because this was the "washington post" report that said that there was another prisoner in the back of the van who in -- his words, thought that -- and he couldn't see freddie gray because there is a large metal partition, but that he thought freddie was
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trying to injure himself. but the attorney didn't even mention that. so i think that probably has gone away. but it is a piece of evidence that will be applied in the court if necessary. and it's worth reminding ourselves that this is an ongoing investigation, and once again we must say because it's correct to do so that the six officers who are now being arrested and charged are innocent until proven guilty under our system. but the marchers have been looking for justice, and when they say justice for freddie gray what they are talking about is a day in court and they have certainly gotten that. >> thank you. let's listen to what marilyn mosby had to say about two hours ago. >> the findings of our comprehensive, thorough and independent investigation, coupled with the medical examiners determination that
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mr. gray's death was a homicide which we received today, has lead us to believe that we have probable cause to file criminal charges >> yes! yes! [ cheers and applause ] >> the statement of probable cause is as follows on april 12th, 2015 between 8:45 and 9:15 am near the corner of north avenue and mount street lieutenant brian rice while on bike patrol with officer garrett miller and edward nero made eye contact with mr. freddie carlos gray, jr. mr. gray subsequently ran from lieutenant rice. lieutenant rice then dispatched over departmental radio that he was involved in a foot pursuit at which time bike patrol officers and nero officer miller and nero also began to pursue mr. gray. mr. gray surrendered to officers
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miller and nero in the vicinity of the 1700 block. officer miller and nero then handcuffed mr. gray and moved him to a location a few feet away from his surrendering location. mr. gray was then placed in a prone position with his arms handcuffed bei hind his back. it was at this time mr. gray indicated that he could not breathe and requested an inhaler, to no avail. officers miller and nero then put mr. gray in a seated position and subsequently found a knife clipped to the inside of his pants pocket. the blade of the knife was folded into the handle. the knife was not a switchblade and is lawful under maryland law. these officers subsequently removed the knife and placed it on the sidewalk. mr. gray was then placed back down on his stomach at which time mr. gray began to flail his legs and scream as officer miller placed mr. gray in a restraining technique known as a
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leg lace. while officer nero physically held him down against his will until a bpd wagon arrived to transport mr. gray. lieutenant rice officer miller and officer nero failed to establish probable cause for mr. gray's arrest as no crime had been committed by mr. gray. accordingly, lieutenant rice officer miller and officer nero illegally arrested mr. gray. upon arrival of the transport wagon driven by officer caesar goodison lieutenant rice officer nero and officer miller loaded mr. gray into the wagon and at no point was he secured by a seat belt contrary to general order. lieutenant rice directed the wagon to stop at baker street. at baker street lieutenant rice officer miller and nero removed mr. gray from the woeing gone placed flex cuffs on his wrists placed leg shackles on his
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ankles and completed required paperwork. officer miller nero and lieutenant rice loaded mr. gray back into the wagon, placing him on his stomach head first on to the floor of the wagon. once again, mr. gray was not secured by a seat belt in the wagon contrary to a bpd general order. lieutenant rice then directed officer goodison to transport mr. gray to the central booking and intake facility. following transport from baker's street mr. gray suffered a severe and critical neck injury as a result of being handcuffed shackled by his feet and unrestrained inside of the wagon. from baker's street officer goodison prosleeded to the vicinity of morer street and free fremont avenue. where he proceeded to the bag of the wagon to observe mr. gray. despite stopping to check on mr. gray's condition at no point did he seek nor did he render
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any medical assistance for mr. gray. officer goodison returned to his driver's seat and proceeded to the booking and intake facility with mr. gray skill unsecured by his seat belt. several blocks later officer goodison called in to dispatch that he needed to check on the status of his prisoner and requested additional units at dolphin street and drew hill avenue. officer william porter arrived on the scene near dolphin street. both officer goodison and officer porter proceeded to the back of the wagon to check on the status of mr. gray's condition. mr. gray at that time requested help. and indicated that he could not breathe. officer porter asked mr. gray if he needed a medic, at which time mr. gray indicated at least twice that he was in need of a medic. officer then physically assisted mr. gray from the floor of the van to the bench. however, despite mr. gray's
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appeal for a medical, both officers assessed mr. gray's condition and at no point did either of them restrain mr. gray per bpd general order, nor did they render a request for medical assistance. while discussing the transportation of mr. gray for medical attention, a request for additional units was made for an an rest on west north avenue. officer porter left the vicinity to assist in the arrest of another prisoner at north avenue. despite mr. gray's obvious and recognized need for medical assistance officer goodison in a grossly negligent manner chose to respond to the 1600 block of west north avenue with mr. gray still unsecured by a seat belt in the wagon without rendering to or summoning medical assistance from mr. gray. officer goodison arrived at north avenue to transport the individual arrested at the location of north avenue and
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pennsylvania avenue at which time he was again met by officer nero miller porter and lieutenant rice. the wagon arrived officer goodison walked to the back of the wagon and again opened the doors to the wagon to make observation of mr. grey. sergeant alicia white, officer porter and officer goodison observed mr. gray unresponsive on the floor of the wagon. sergeant white who was responsible for investigating two citizen complaints pertaining to mr. gray's illegal arrest spoke to the back of mr. gray's head when he did not respond, she did nothing further, despite the fact that she was advised that he needed a medic. she made no effort to look or assess or determine his condition. despite mr. gray's seriously deteriorating medical condition, no medical assistance was rendered or summoned for mr. gray at that time by any
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officer. after completing the north avenue arrest and loading the additional prisoner into the opposite side of the wagon containing mr. gray officer goodison then proceeded to the western district police station where contrary to the bpd general order he again failed to restrain mr. gray in the wagon for at least the fifth time. at the western district police station, the defendant arrested at north avenue was escorted and secured inside of the police station prior to tending to mr. gray. by though time officer zachary novak, sergeant white and an unknown officer attempted to re3406 mr. gray from the wagon, mr. gray was no longer breathing at all. a medic was finally called to the skween whereupon arrival the medic determined that mr. gray was now in cardiac arrest and was critically and severely injured. mr. gray was rushed to the
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university of maryland shock trauma. on april 19th, 2015 mr. gray succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced death. the manner of death is believed to the result of a fatal jiri while mr. gray was unrestained by a seat belt while in the custody of the baltimore police department wagon. while each of these officers are presumed innocent until proven guilty, we have brought the following charges, officers goodison is being charged with second degree deprived heart murder. involunteer manslaughter second degree anying gebt assault, manslaughter by vehicle by means of gross negligence manslaughter by vehicle by means of criminal negligence misconduct in office for failure to secure prisoner failure to render aid. officer william porter is being
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charged with involunteer manslaughter assault in the second degree, misconduct in office. lieutenant brian rice is being charged with involunteer manslaughter assault in the second degree, assault in the second degree misconduct in office, false imprisonment officer edward nero is being charged with assault in the second degree, intentional, assault in the second degree negligent, misconduct in office. false imprisonment. officer garret miller is being charged with intentional assault in the second degree assault in the second degree, negligence misconduct in this office and false imprisonment. sergeant white is being imagined with manslaughter involunteer manslaughter second degree assault, misconduct in office. >> we're joined by an attorney
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and legal analyst via skype from los angeles. we should point out as did the prosecutor that she is the child and grandchild of police officers. she has very close relationships with law enforcement. and made it a point to say that she supports those who are doing their jobs correctly. previously we have always heard about officers who are worried about bringing charges against officers because of the close worker relationship that law enforcements have with prosecutors. has she gone to a new zone? >> no i think she has been true to the platform she ran on. she was supported by police officers in her complain for that position and she was very clear about the fact that she has this rich history of being a -- you know related to police officers. i think there are probably six or seven members of her family
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who are police officers but she also told a very very showerful story during the time of her campaign about watching her cousin being shot on her front lawn as a kid when she was only 17 years old, and how that impacted her in how she wanted to work for her community in a position of a prosecuting attorney to make sure that neighborhoods were free of crime, and that everyone felt safe in their communities while fostering great relationships with police officers. so i think she strikes the perfect balance. someone who is clearly attached to and has close relationships with police officers but also within who has been involved as a witness of a very horrific crime. and her husband is a local city council councilmember for the city of baltimore. so i think she is the perfect person for this job. >> 35 years old, just elected as
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the state's prosecutor running against an incumbent and winning. we should also point out that the fraternal order of police say the police officers acted properly and did not violate any departmental policies. >> let's just reiterate randall that these are charges. no one has been convicted the police have an opportunity to mount a defense. as the fraternal order says they did nothing wrong, they will have their day in court and the opportunity to defend the charges that have been brought against him. >> and we now she is not going to go to the grand jury. >> absolutely. this case will be proceed. the officers will be arraigned today. she has given the officers an opportunity to appeal by a
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video, so lawyers will probably be in the courthouse but the actual officers will not. they will appear like i'm appearing by skype. and then they'll start talking about dates. they will actually enter a plea. but this case is going to move now through discovery, and we should expect a trial date to be set. >> thank you very much. legal analyst for being with us as we try to analyze and -- and make sense of what has been a very very huge surprise. the prosecutor in baltimore in record time coming to the conclusion that the six officers involved in the arrest of freddie gray should be charged. coming up next marking may day. workers around the globe spend this may 1st protesting and demanding better pay. ♪
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singer ben e king has died. ♪ >> ben e king was june 1st of the classics that he recorded as a solo artist. other classics included "there goes my baby". he was 76 years old. may day rallies are going on all around the globe to mark international workers day. in hong kong demonstrators were calling for better working conditions. tens of thousands filled up moscow's red squares today. they carried russian flags. and in cuba president castro
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joined by venezuelan president gathered as large crowds gathered. in seoul some may day rallies took an ugly turn. officers used pepper spray to stop the standoff. harry fawcett has more on the rallies there. >> reporter: the union organization behind today's events are protesting against what they see as ans a tempt by the government to further deregulate the labor market here in south korea. they are attempting to make it i seer for companies to dismiss workers, and double the length of time that workers can been b on fixed contracts, and a change to the pension system and they want a doubling of minimum wage to nearly $10 an hour by the end of the year. there was a general strike on april 24th.
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there were a series of protests linked to the an anniversary of the sewol ferry disaster. may day rallies have also been large in johannesberg south africa. charles stratford is there. >> reporter: i'm at a stadium just outside of joe hand necessary berke. and union members are gathering to celebrate may daye. the trade unions in this country have played a pivotal role in the struggle against apartheid and wield a lot of power year. they are making some very real demands on the government. it is suffering a split in its group, but it wants wage increases for public sector workers. workers. >> the workers of south africa
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demand 10%. the cost of living is too high in south africa. >> reporter: the government is saying if it were to meet demands, that it would cost them $1.7 billion next year and they say, frankly they just haven't got that money at hand at this stage. the government of course is under huge pressure on a wider level in this country. around 40% unemployed. over 50% living in poverty, vast amounts of inequality and a huge amount of welfare. but the union is suffering at the moment. and there are questions whether the split could compromise the progress in the months ahead. as our correspondent reports, other groups are using the day as an opportunity to express their grievances. >> reporter: calling for the
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prime minister to step down the demonstrators march towards independence square in the capitol, expressing their frustration of the goods and services tax implemented last month. >> translator: we came from east malaysia to support this. we should not be burdened this with tax. it's too much. >> translator: the most important thing is if we government doesn't hear us the whole world hear us we have to express our feelings. even if makes no difference. >> reporter: as the crowd swells it became apparent that other groups were voicing their various gripes against the government. a quick look shows that the protesters are angry about many issues ranging from tax, to corruption and disharmony. they say the only way they can get their message across is by taking to the streets in large numbers. security was ramped up. as protesters set off smoke
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bombs and advanced towards the security lines, police watched. waiting to see whether protesters would try to break into the square. their reluctance to act a reflection of the gochl's chance on protests. >> it helps to basically give an understanding of the people what what the majority what so we respond to it but we don't respond to threats through demonstrations. >> reporter: but the crowds proved to be of little threat. unable to agree on the direction of the protest, different groups broke off to hold a rally elsewhere. and before we go here is another reminder of our top story, the prosecutor in baltimore has charged six police officers in the death of freddie gray one faces murder charges. we are expecting the mayor to speak in just a few minutes
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about the charges against the police. we'll bring that to you live when it happens. for now i'm randall pinkston in new york. the news continues in just a moment from london.
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we have probable cause to file criminal charges. >> yes! yes! police officers in the u.s. city of baltimore to face charges over the death of freddie gray. ♪ hello there i'm barbara sarah, you are watching al jazeera live from london. also coming up, earth kwablg survivors start moving back in doors as work begins to stop disease from spreading in nepal. angry and scared. --