Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby spoke to CNN Friday after the announcement six officers had been charged in the death of Freddie Gray.
"Your investigation has left you with no doubt that these six officers are responsible for Freddie Gray's death?" host Don Lemon asked Mosby.
"I can't really get into the specifics of the case," she replied. "But, as a prosecutor, you should not bring charges if you don't believe that you have probable cause that these individuals are responsible for the charges."
Gray’s mysterious death in police custody ignited riots in Baltimore and protests around the nation this week. Protesters suspect his death was the result of police abuse. On Friday, Mosby announced criminal charges against six Baltimore officers, including a second-degree murder charges against one.
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“The findings of our comprehensive, thorough and independent investigation, coupled with the medical examiner’s determination that Mr. Gray’s death was a homicide, which we received today, has led us to believe that we have probable cause to file criminal charges,” she said.
Lemon asked Mosby, who comes from a family of law enforcement, if it was difficult to file the charges.
"No, I think it gives me a well-rounded perspective," she answered. "I come from five generations of police officers, so law-enforcement is instilled. I understand the time, the commitment, the sacrifices that these officers make."
"But at the same time recognizing ... those officers who usurp their authority, you have to be able to hold them accountable because it does a disservice to the really hard-working police officers," Mosby added.
A friend of the officer who drove Gray told Fox News Thursday night that he did not think the man was responsible for the death.
“I’ve known him for quite some time now,” the person said. “He will give you the shirt off his back…It’s a little disheartening that he’s just being thrown under the bus right now."
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