Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby, at podium, holds a news conference near the site where Freddie Gray, depicted in mural in background, was arrested after her office dropped the remaining charges against three Baltimore police officers awaiting trial in Gray's death, in Baltimore, Wednesday, July 27, 2016.
A judge had already acquitted three other officers, including the van driver - considered by prosecutors to be the most responsible for the injuries - and another officer who was the highest-ranking of the group.
Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby is going from prosecutor to civil defendant in connection with the case of the death of Freddie Gray.
Despite the outcome of the cases and how "arduous" the process has been, Mosby said, "there have been many gains throughout this journey to make sure that what happened to Freddie Gray never happens to another person that comes into contact with police - justifiably or unjustifiably again".
Ms Mosby has also come under fire from the US Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump.
"The only loss and the greatest loss in all of this", Mosby said, "is Freddie Gray's life". But now that the trial is officially over and the gag order lifted, the chief prosecutor did not mince words when she accused members of the BPD of escalating the "systemic and inherent complications" of trying police officers for crimes. Before Miller's trial could proceed, prosecutors were required to show that they had not gleaned any evidence or strategic advantage in Miller's trial from his immunized testimony.
Mosby's prosecution team had tried to prove that the six BPD officers on trial had subjected Gray to a "rough ride" - intentionally neglecting to secure his seat belt while he was handcuffed in the back of their police van in an effort to harm him while the van drove to the station.
The divide between police and the black community has continued to widen with the recent police shootings of black men in Minnesota and Louisiana, compounded by attacks targeting police in Dallas and Baton Rouge leaving eight officers dead and others injured.
When police are perceived as abusing their authority, as threats rather than allies, it increases the risk for the officers as well - whether it is from someone who deliberately sets out to kill or injure police or someone who doesn't volunteer needed information to police because of the gulf between them. If the government continued with more trials, she said, prosecutors faced a "dismal likelihood of conviction".
After Wednesday's decision, he said in a text message: "The dismissals are a reminder that the laws, practices and policies justify the actions of the police at all costs".
Sgt. Alicia D. White was charged with involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, and misconduct in office.
"As officers of the court, we respect the verdicts rendered by the judge... no matter how much we may disagree with his rulings", Mosby said.
Five of the six officers charged for the death of Gray are suing Mosby, as well as Maj.
The commissioner's office said the officers are on administrative duty until a review by the Montgomery County Police Department is finished. Rice contests in his lawsuit that it was spring-assisted and therefore illegal, and says Mosby knew that.
Judges generally do not comment on court cases, and Williams declined through a court spokeswoman to comment on the officers' cases Wednesday afternoon.
Mosby outlined what prosecutors have called sabotage, saying officers who were witnesses were also part of the department's investigative team.
Lt. Brian Rice and Officers Edward Nero and Caesar Goodson were acquitted.
"I think she ought to prosecute herself", he said.
"Our theory was that Mr. Gray was arrested before the knife was found", Schatzow said without mentioning the assertions in the statement of probable cause.
"Investigators were out there every day, and they continued even when the task force was put in place, to assist the police in getting business videos and identifying CCTV camera footage that we wanted that had not been requested by BPD", Bledsoe said. "She didn't take the time that was necessary to conduct an investigation in a case like this".