BALTIMORE – Baltimore officials are trying to manage growing expectations they'll immediately decide whether to prosecute six police officers involved in the arrest of a black man who died of mysterious spinal injuries apparently received while in custody.
In an effort to be transparent, authorities have told the community they plan to turn over the findings of a police investigation into Freddie Gray's death to a state's attorney by Friday. Gray's death a week after his April 12 arrest is what sparked Monday's riots.
Prosecutors will review the information and eventually decide how to move forward.
But after meeting with high school students Wednesday, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake cited rumors that some kind of "verdict" would be rendered as soon as Friday.
Rawlings-Blake said "it became very clear ... that people misunderstood."