The Baltimore police union says it welcomes the decision by prosecutors to drop the remaining charges against police officers accused in the death of black detainee Freddie Gray. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Gene Ryan, the president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3, on Wednesday (July 27) said his police union was "pleased" by the decision by prosecutors to end their efforts to prosecute the police officers involved in the death of black detainee Freddie Gray after failing to secure convictions in four earlier trials. The decision to drop charges against the three remaining officers facing trial came on the day of a pretrial hearing for Officer Garrett Miller, whose trial was set to start on Thursday in Baltimore City Circuit Court. Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby had stunned the city by filing charges against six officers just days after Gray's death of a broken neck suffered in a police van sparked protests and rioting in April 2015. Ryan accused State's Attorney for Baltimore Marilyn Mosby of having her "own agenda" in pursuing the cases until now. The death of the 25-year-old was one in a series of high-profile deaths of black suspects at the hands of U.S. police that stoked a national debate on police tactics and the treatment of minorities. Prosecutors last week failed in their fourth attempt to secure a conviction against a police officer in the case. Baltimore's police union had called on prosecutors to drop the charges against the remaining officers. Judge Barry Williams acquitted three officers in bench trials, and the trial of a fourth officer ended in a deadlocked jury. A spokesman for Baltimore City State's Attorney Mosby was not immediately available to comment.