BALTIMORE (CBS News) - The death of Freddie Gray in police custody was a homicide. That's the finding of Maryland State Attorney General Marilyn J. Mosby who also announced criminal charges against the Baltimore police officers involved in Gray's arrest.
"The findings of our comprehensive, thorough and independent investigation, coupled with the medical examiner's determination that Mr. Gray's death was a homicide, which we received today, has led us to believe we have probable cause to file criminal charges," Mosby said.
Mosby says the 25-year-old Gray did not commit a crime and was arrested illegally. She says Gray died because he was unrestrained while in the back of the police van and that officers ignored repeated requests from Gray for medical attention.
Police and national guard are out in riot gear to keep the peace in Baltimore. Demonstrators are planning to take to the streets through the weekend.
"If they hadn't charged the officers, we probably would be back to rioting and it's sad to say," Baltimore resident Joilyn Smith said.
Mosby called on the people of Baltimore to do their part.
"I heard your calls, 'No justice, no peace,'" Mosby said. "Your peace is sincerely needed as I work to deliver justice on behalf of this young man."
A curfew that went into effect after a wave of violence will remain in effect at least through the weekend.
The prosecutors says warrants have been issued for the six officers who have been charged.