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DOJ won't bring charges against Baltimore officers in Freddie Gray case, sources say

Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun on

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BALTIMORE -- The U.S. Department of Justice will not bring charges against Baltimore police officers in connection with the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray from injuries sustained in police custody in 2015, according to sources familiar with the investigation.

Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced the department was conducting a criminal civil rights investigation into Gray's death on April 27, 2015, the same day as Gray's funeral and the eruption of rioting, looting and arson in Baltimore.

Lynch said at the time that the department would "continue our careful and deliberate examination of the facts in the coming days and weeks" to determine whether any officers should be charged with violating Gray's civil rights.

Now, nearly 2 1/2 years later, Justice Department investigators have concluded that no charges are warranted, according to the sources.

The sources spoke on the condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly.

The Justice Department has declined to comment on the status of the investigation, and it was unclear Tuesday if a public announcement was planned. Officials at the FBI and the Maryland U.S. Attorney's office referred questions to the Justice Department.

The department has made announcements after investigators declined to bring charges in other cases.

William H. "Billy" Murphy, the Gray family's attorney, could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday.

Baltimore Police spokesman T.J. Smith declined to comment.

The end of the federal investigation without charges means no officers will be held criminally responsible for Gray's death. According to local prosecutors, Gray died after suffering a fatal spinal cord injury in the back of a Baltimore police transport van following his arrest on the morning of April 12, 2015.

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