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Baltimore Police Report: Freddie Gray Had Illegal Knife

By    |   Tuesday, 05 May 2015 07:51 PM

A Baltimore police investigation has found that Freddie Gray was carrying an illegal knife when he was arrested April 12 — contrary to claims made last week by State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby that he was not carrying a weapon that violated city law.

Gray, 25, whose death a week later set off days of widespread unrest in Baltimore and charges against six police officers, was carrying a "spring-assisted" knife, which violates a city ordinance, Baltimoresun.com reports.

A police task force studied the knife and determined that it had been illegal, according to the report. The blade had been clipped inside Gray's pants pocket.

Mosby, 35, who was elected to her post four months ago, declared on Friday Gray's arrest was illegal because an inquiry by her office had found that he was not carrying a "switchblade" knife.

"Mr. Gray's death was a homicide," Mosby had declared in a news conference on Friday. His arrest was illegal and his treatment in custody amounted to murder and manslaughter, she said.

Fraternal Order of Police local president Gene Ryan has called on Mosby to appoint a special prosecutor in the case because of possible conflicts-of-interest in the case. Ryan also had said that none of the six officers were responsible for Gray's death.

The officers remain free on bond on felony charges ranging from assault and manslaughter to second-degree "depraved heart" murder. The offenses carry maximum prison terms of 10 to 30 years.

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A Baltimore police investigation has found that Freddie Gray was carrying an illegal knife when he was arrested April 12 — contrary to claims made last week by State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby that he was not carrying a weapon that violated city law.
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