05/01/2015 12:36 pm ET Updated May 01, 2015

Obama Says It's 'Absolutely Vital' The Truth Comes Out In The Freddie Gray Case

President Obama says his administration wants to get to the bottom of what happened in the death of Freddie Gray, the 25 year-old black man who died from injuries sustained while in Baltimore police custody.

Speaking at the White House, Obama said "it's absolutely vital that the truth come out on what happened to Mr. Freddie Gray".

Six Baltimore police officers have been charged, including one with murder, in Gray's death. Gray was arrested and suffered a fatal neck injury while riding in a moving police van, the city's chief prosecutor said on Friday.

Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby said Freddie Gray, who died a week after his April 12 arrest, was in handcuffs and shackles but otherwise was not restrained inside the van. The officers failed to provide medical attention to Gray even though he asked for help on at least two occasions.

The death of 25-year-old Gray has become the latest flashpoint in a national outcry over the treatment of African-Americans and other minority groups by U.S. law enforcement.



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