Baltimore prosecutors say Freddie Gray’s arrest was illegal before police officers found a knife on him, challenging claims by the officers’ lawyers that the arrest was proper because it was illegal for Mr. Gray to possess the knife.
The statements in court papers mark the first time prosecutors have elaborated on their view of Mr. Gray’s arrest since Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced charges against six officers in Mr. Gray’s death on May 1.
A charging document filed May 1 “makes clear that Mr. Gray was arrested well before the arresting officers knew he possessed a knife,” Chief Deputy State’s Attorney Michael Schatzow wrote in court papers filed Monday, suggesting the legality of the knife isn’t key.
“Mr. Gray was handcuffed at his surrendering location, moved a few feet away, and placed in a prone position with his arms handcuffed behind his back, all before the arresting officers found the knife,” Mr. Schatzow wrote.