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Summary

  1. Six police officers in Baltimore have been charged over the death of Freddie Gray
  2. Gray, 25, died from fatal spinal injuries after being arrested
  3. Maryland state attorney Marilyn Mosby said his death was a homicide
  4. There have been protests nightly in Baltimore and elsewhere since his death
  5. Earlier this week, those protests became violent and there was rioting

Live Reporting

By Paul Blake, Tom Geoghegan and Jane Olin-Ammentorp

All times stated are UK

And that brings to an end our coverage of reaction to the news that six Baltimore police officers have been charged over the death of Freddie Gray. You can stay up to date with the latest developments

here.

Colm O'Molloy

BBC News, Baltimore

People are gathering to celebrate at the junction of Pennsylvania Avenue and North Avenue.

Woman standing in front of several smiling men
BBC

Civil rights campaigner Al Sharpton praised the speed with which the prosecutors acted.

"There is no peace without justice, and the swift and smart actions of the Baltimore State's Attorney should serve as a model for other jurisdictions that are failing to hold law enforcement accountable."

Mood in Baltimore

baltimore celebration
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Baltimore celebrations
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Baltimore celebrations
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The 35-year-old prosecutor, Marilyn Mosby, who made the key announcement earlier, is attracting a lot of media attention.

She's the youngest prosecutor in any major US city, according to

this profile in the New York Times.

Columnists in the US media are reacting to the charges.

Paul Waldman in the Washington Post

asks if the violence in Baltimore played a part in the decision.

The weekend ahead

Several rallies are planned for the afternoon and weekend, the

Baltimore Sun is reporting.

There is at least one event planned to take place at City Hall each day.

Carrie Wells

The Baltimore Sun

...

tweets: "On Freddie Gray's family's street, someone set out a radio, where tape of Mosby announcing charges plays on a loop".

Aleem Maqbool

BBC News, Baltimore

tweets: "Leaders of rival gangs come together and swap numbers in celebration at charges brought against Freddie Gray police!

Men standing together
BBC

The police union has also called on Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby to appoint a special independent prosecutor to the case because of her connections with a lawyer for Freddie Gray's family, Billy Murphy.

Ms Mosby, after announcing the charges, said she would not turn the case over to a special prosecutor.

Mr Murphy was among the largest financial contributors to Ms Mosby's campaign last year. He also served on her transition team after she won the election.

Police response

The union representing Baltimore police officers has said the six officers charged in the Freddie Gray case are not responsible for his death.

"At all times, each of the officers diligently balanced their obligations to protect Mr Gray and discharge their duties to protect the public," President Gene Ryan said in

an open letter to Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby before she announced the charges.

Open letter from union
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But the prevailing mood is one of joy, and a feeling that the protests have been vindicated. "There is hope today," evangelist preacher Robbi Warren told CNN.

Baltimore celebrations
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'No justice yet'

There are celebrations in Baltimore, but the anger is still palpable.

"Justice still hasn't prevailed yet," community college student Earl Tillman, told Reuters as he stood in front of Baltimore City Hall.

"We have to get hold of this problem. America does. This is a much bigger issue than Baltimore."

Aleem Maqbool

BBC News, Baltimore

...

tweeted this photo of Baltimore Police lining up on the street. He said they were preparing to leave the area where people are celebrating.

"Some police remain,"

Aleem noted.

Police on the street in a line
BBC

Kevin Rector

The Baltimore Sun

...is

tweeting quotes from Donta Allen, who was in the police van with Freddie Gray.

"I'm so happy we got justice for Freddie," Mr Allen said. "That man for a fact

did not hurt himself."

Earlier,

the Washington Post reported that a prisoner in the van with Freddie Gray told investigators that he believed Gray "was intentionally trying to injure himself".

In that press conference by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, she promised to change the police culture.

Addressing officers who engage in misconduct, racism or brutality, she said: "There is no place for you in the Baltimore Police Department."

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
AP

Murder charge

The most serious charge of second-degree murder has been brought against the driver of the van, Caesar Goodson.

We have a full list of charges

this story.

The announcement of charges took many people by surprise.

"I didn't know that a decision would be coming today," said Congressman Elijah Cummings, speaking in front of Baltimore City Hall.

Elijah Cummings
AP

Five in custody

Baltimore's much-criticised Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, has just given a brief statement to the press, and said that five of the six charged officers are now in custody.

"No one in our city is above the law." she said.

She took no questions.

Julie Scharper

The Baltimore Sun

...has

tweeted a video of Kevin Moore, the man who filmed Freddie Gray's arrest, reacting to news of the charges. Cheering the announcement, Mr Moore praises the prosecutor.

"Don't ever leave us, we need you, baby," he says. "We're behind you baby, because you got our back - so we got yours".

More scenes from Baltimore

Celebration in Baltimore
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National Guard troops in Baltimore
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Celebration in Baltimore
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Aleem Maqbool

BBC News, Baltimore

tweeted this photo from the scene in Baltimore.

Man holding a t-shirt that reads "Change begins with me"
BBC

Earlier, President Barack Obama said it is vital the truth comes out in the investigation. You can watch his comments

here

Laura Trevelyan

BBC World News America Anchor

On World News America at 1700 EDT (2200 BST) tonight, looking forward to speaking live to former Maryland police officer Neil Franklin.

BBC World News America can be seen on BBC World News and PBS in the United States.

There have been protests in several US cities since Gray's death, to highlight what demonstrators say is excessive police force against African Americans. This was Philadelphia on Thursday.

Philadelphia protests
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Ezra Klein of Vox

‏tweets: Only 33% of officers prosecuted are convicted, only 36% of officers convicted serve jail time: http://bit.ly/1I3cr5Z

The Baltimore City Sheriff's Office says it expects the six officers who are being charged in Freddie Gray's death to turn themselves in at the Baltimore jail later today.

Maj Samuel Cogen said that the office is processing arrest warrants for the officers.

Mayor reaction

We're expecting Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to speak in the coming minutes. This will be the first time we've seen the mayor since the charges were announced.

Baltimore celebrates

A young girl raises her fist along with others after Baltimore authorities released a report on the death of Freddie Gray
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A young girl raises her fist after Baltimore authorities announced charges
Lisa Mills celebrates in front of a line of police in riot gear
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Lisa Mills celebrates in front of a line of police in riot gear
People react after Baltimore authorities released a report on the death of Freddie Gray
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Activist Deray McKesson, who has closely followed events on the streets of Baltimore,

tweets: Without protestors in the streets, I am certain that these 6 officers would still be on the streets. #FreddieGray

'Truth must emerge'

Moments ago, President Obama said it was vital the truth comes out in the investigation.

"What I think the people of Baltimore want more than anything else is the truth. That's what people around the country expect, and to the extent that it's appropriate, this administration will help local officials get to the bottom of exactly what happened."

President Barack Obama, the police union, local and national leaders, activists and many others have been reacting to the news.

Baltimore's top prosecutor, Marilyn Mosby, said the death of the 25-year-old black man was a homicide and his arrest was illegal.

As a result she said she planned to file criminal charges against six officers in the case. We will post a list of those charges shortly.

Marilyn Mosby at the podium
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Maryland State Attorney Marilyn Mosby said there was "probable cause to bring criminal charges" against the officers

Welcome to our live page of reaction to the news that six Baltimore police officers are to face charges over the death of Freddie Gray.