On Friday (May 1), the State's Attorney for Baltimore, Marilyn Mosby, delivered a press conference from the steps of the city's War Memorial Building, where she announced that the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray has been ruled a homicide. The outpouring of reaction was immediate.
Mosby went on to describe, in great detail, the events that led to Gray's death on April 19, and explained the charges that all six officers involved will face, including second degree murder and involuntary manslaughter. News of those charges brought swift responses -- from Gray's mother to Kid Cudi to the president himself.
President Obama vowed that his administration would do their best to help move the process forward.
"What I think the people of Baltimore want, more than anything else, is the truth," he said. "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."
“It is absolutely vital that the truth comes out on what happened to Mr. Freddie Gray, and it is my practice not to comment on the legal processes involved, that would not be appropriate,” Obama added. “But I can tell you that justice needs to be served. All the evidence needs to be presented."
Freddie Gray's mother, Gloria Darden, spoke with BuzzFeed News shortly after the charges were announced and expressed some small relief. “I feel good because we got all six of them," she said. “You can rest, Freddie. You can rest. You can be in peace now."
After a tense week, Baltimore residents were happy to hear that the justice system seemed to be working on behalf of the victim
State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby became an instant hero
And some artists seemed surprised that charges had been filed so swiftly