How did we get to this point?
Gray, 25, was arrested on April 12 and suffered a severe spinal cord injury while in police custody. He died a week later. His funeral on April 27 was followed by citywide rioting, looting and arson. On May 1, Mosby announced criminal charges against the six officers from the stairs of the Baltimore War Memorial. Later that month, the six officers were indicted by a grand jury.
What are the charges against the police officers?
Officer Caesar R. Goodson, the driver of the van used to transport Gray, is charged with second-degree depraved-heart murder, the most serious charge among the six officers. He also is charged with manslaughter, second-degree assault, two counts of vehicular manslaughter and misconduct in office.
Three officers, Officer William G. Porter, Lt. Brian W. Rice, and Sgt. Alicia D. White, face involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault and misconduct in office charges. Officers Edward M. Nero and Garrett E. Miller are charged with second-degree assault and misconduct in office.
All six officers have pleaded not guilty and will all be tried separately.
Are the officers attending the pretrial hearings?
No. All six officers have filed waivers of their right to appear.
The first protester showed up around 8 a.m. Thursday outside Baltimore Circuit Court.
The woman carried a sign urging that the trials of six city police officers charged in Gray's arrest and death remain in Baltimore.
“They didn't bother to kill him elsewhere,” the sign read. - AP
What has happened since last week?
In the first of the pretrial hearings last Wednesday, a judge ordered that the six officers be tried separately. The ruling was one of three that Williams handed down. He also denied defense motions to dismiss charges against the officers and to recuse State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby's office from the case.
On Wednesday, a city spending panel unanimously approved a $6.4 million payout to Gray's family to settle the threat of a federal lawsuit. The payment is larger than the total of more than 120 other lawsuits brought against the police department for alleged brutality and misconduct since 2011.
On Wednesday night Pastor Westley West of Faith Empowered Ministries was arrested in connection with last week's protests. He was charged with attempting to incite a riot, malicious destruction of property, disorderly conduct, disturbance of the peace, false imprisonment, and failure to obey, police said.
Sheriff's deputies have taken a protestor into custody outside a Baltimore courthouse where a judge is to hear arguments about moving the trials of six city police officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray.
Shortly before the hearing was to begin at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in Baltimore Circuit Court, more deputies appeared outside the courthouse. Some had multiple plastic strips, used as handcuffs, clipped to their vests.
Deputies formed a line and several surrounded one woman with a sign and a knapsack on the sidewalk in front of the courthouse. She had been the first demonstrator on the scene Thursday morning. Her sign said the trials should remain in Baltimore because, “They didn't bother to kill him elsewhere.”
After deputies took her into the courthouse, her sign was behind a garbage can by the courthouse door. - AP