The Atlantic Daily: Six Officers Charged in Baltimore

Over two dozen charges in the death of Freddie Gray, Floyd Mayweather and the impunity of genius, and more

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What's Happening: Officers Charged in Freddie Gray Case

On Friday, more than two dozen charges were brought against six Baltimore officers over the death of Freddie Gray. One officer will face second-degree murder charges while two others were charged with manslaughter.

"Mr. Gray's death was a homicide": State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby declared that the actions that led to Gray's death were tantamount to murder and manslaughter. Detailing his doomed ride in a Baltimore police van, she also characterized the arrest of Gray as illegal and blamed the officers for not immediately seeking medical care as he called for help.

A very quick development: The filing of charges took place just one day after the Baltimore Police Department handed the results of its own investigation to the office of the State's Attorney. The speed with which Mosby acted led one civil-rights attorney to characterize the process as "stunning."


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Evening Read

Megan Garber on why prizefighter Floyd Mayweather remains untouched in popular culture, despite being a convicted domestic abuser:

It's about something more than money, though. Mayweather glides through the world with impunity for the same general reason that Mike Tyson, a convicted rapist, is enjoying a second life as a cartoon TV detective; and that Roman Polanski, who raped a 13-year-old, won an Oscar to a standing ovation; and that John Lennon, who admitted to battering women, remains revered as a musician and an artist; and that Jameis Winston just got a job with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the NFL's number-one draft pick. We are not good at distinguishing between "actor" and "character." We are not conditioned to see celebrities, in particular, as holistic people, subject to the complicated constellation of entitlements and responsibilities that personhood entails for the rest of us.


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