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Judge: Separate trials for six officers in Freddie Gray case

All six have pleaded not guilty to charges

Yan, Aaron Cooper and Ray Sanchez | 9/3/2015, 10 a.m.
A Baltimore judge ruled Wednesday there will be separate trials for each of the six police officers charged in connection ...
Protesters rally near the courthouse in Baltimore, Maryland on Wednesday, September 2, 2015, as six Baltimore police officers charged in Freddie Gray's death are due in court. (Photo: CNN)

— On Wednesday afternoon, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and police officials commended both the police and protesters.

"Freddie Gray didn't have to die!" demonstrators shouted.

Baltimore police hope demonstrations will stay peaceful but are taking precautions in case they don't.

The police department canceled leave for officers Wednesday in case violence breaks out.

"We would rather err on the side of caution and have an abundance of people readily available as needed," Lt. Sarah Connolly said. "We are hoping we don't need them."

After Gray's funeral in April, Baltimore descended into chaos as buildings went up in flames and vandalism and looting devastated local businesses.

It was the exact opposite of what Gray's family had sought.

"I want y'all to get justice for my son," Gray's mother said at the time. "But don't do it like this here."

Officers and charges

These are the six officers and their charges:

• Goodson is charged with one count of second-degree depraved-heart murder, involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, manslaughter by vehicle (gross negligence), manslaughter by vehicle (criminal negligence), misconduct in office and reckless endangerment.

• Officer Garrett E. Miller is charged with one count of second-degree assault, two counts of misconduct in office and one count of reckless endangerment.

• Officer Edward M. Nero is charged with one count of second-degree assault, two counts of misconduct in office and one count of reckless endangerment.

• Officer William G. Porter is charged with one count of involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment.

• Lt. Brian W. Rice is charged with one count of involuntary manslaughter, one count of second-degree assault, two counts of misconduct in office and one count of reckless endangerment.

• Sgt. Alicia D. White is charged with one count of involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment.

CNN's Michael Martinez and Ed Payne contributed to this report.