Cummings says he is 'comfortable' with charges against 6 officers

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings said Marilyn Mosby "made the very best decision that she could."

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings said Sunday he was "comfortable" with State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby's decision to charge six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray.

The Baltimore Democrat discussed Gray’s death, the city’s response and Mosby’s decision during an appearance on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”

Gray died a week after his April 12 arrest near the Gilmor Homes housing project in West Baltimore. He suffered a severe spinal cord injury and a crushed voicebox while in police custody.

One officer faces a charge of second-degree murder in his death. Others were charged with assault, manslaughter and false imprisonment.

Stephanopoulos asked Cummings if he thought the officers would be convicted.

"I feel very comfortable with regard to what Ms. Mosby has done," Cummings said. "Her integrity is impeccable, without a doubt."

"I think she made the very best decision that she could," he added.

Cummings, who has been marching with protesters in Baltimore since Monday, called for an "inclusion revolution," to address issues such as joblessness and investing in children and cities in order to prevent future incidents nationwide.

He also called for a careful examination of Baltimore's police department.

"We need to have an up-and-down look at it and be honest and address it in an effective way," Cummings said.

Cummings said he thought the city had done "pretty good" in the response to Gray's death.

"It was a very unfortunate incident with Freddie Gray, a young man who died a very tragic death," Cummings said. "But as far as Baltimore's concerned, I thought initially we had a lot of problems on Monday but I think overall it's been a lot of peaceful protest, and that's a good thing."

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