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Baltimore officer’s statements in Freddie Gray case ruled admissible

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Riots broke out in Baltimore, Maryland, on April 27, 2015, following the funeral of Freddie Gray. Gray, an 25-year-old man, died in police custody on April 19 following an April 12 arrest. Gray's family reached a $6.4 million settlement with the city, a source close to the family said Tuesady, September 8, 2015.

(CNN) — Statements that a Baltimore police officer charged in Freddie Gray’s death gave to investigators can be used in her trial, a Maryland circuit court judge ruled Tuesday at a pretrial hearing.

Defense attorneys for Sgt. Alicia White had wanted the statements ruled inadmissible, arguing in part that her employer — the Baltimore Police Department — had required them and therefore they were involuntary and not valid in court.

White is one of six officers charged in Gray’s death in April. One of the six, Officer William Porter, also is expected to ask Judge Barry Williams to rule his statements inadmissible later Tuesday.

Gray’s death while in police custody sparked outrage and demonstrations, some of which were plagued by arson, vandalism and looting despite his family’s pleas for peace. Authorities say Gray, 25, suffered a fatal spinal injury while being transported in a police van in April.

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