The Department of Justice said on Tuesday that it will not bring federal charges against the six police officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray.
The investigation into Gray’s death has been ongoing since 2015.
A report released by the Justice Department last year in the aftermath of Gray’s death found that the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) “routinely conducted unlawful stops and used excessive force, disproportionately targeting black residents.”
In a statement on Tuesday reacting to the news, Sherrilyn Ifill, president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, said: “We know that spines do not break without cause, and the DOJ and BPD’s credibility to make change a reality in Baltimore hinges not just on their ability to institute much needed reforms to police training, policies, and practices, but also on their success in bringing to justice officers who abuse their power and take the lives of innocent residents.”
“The onus is now on the BPD to hold these officers accountable at their disciplinary trials this fall and winter,” Ifill concluded. “Baltimore will be watching.”