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Obama on charges in Freddie Gray case: 'Justice needs to be served'

President Barack Obama
President Barack Obama

Reacting to news that six Baltimore police officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray have been charged, President Barack Obama said Friday that it's "absolutely vital that the truth comes out."

Speaking in the Roosevelt Room at the end of a meeting to commemorate World Press Freedom Day, the president noted that it is the administration's practice not to comment on legal proceedings but said that "justice needs to be served."

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"What I think the people of Baltimore want more than anything else is the truth," the president said. "That's what people around the country expect."

His brief comments followed extensive remarks on Gray's death during a press conference on Tuesday, a day after violence erupted in the city. Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced charges against the officers on Friday morning, earlier than many had expected.

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Obama said those charged are "entitled to due process and rule of law."

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