The stepfather of Freddie Gray said the family is "satisfied" with prosecutors charging six police officers involved in Gray's arrest.
"These charges are an important step in getting justice for Freddie," Richard Shipley said, speaking on behalf of the Gray family.
Prosecutors said Gray died after suffering a critical spine injury in the back of a police wagon.
Shipley also pleaded for peace in Baltimore, saying the last thing that Freddie would want is to see people of Baltimore lose their jobs and businesses because of his death.
"We ask that whomever come to our city, a city that we love, a city that we live in, come in peace," Shipley said.
An attorney for the Gray family said at the news conference that people must be mindful that the charges are a first step, not the last.
State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby says Gray's death was a homicide, his arrest was illegal and his treatment amounted to murder and manslaughter.
An attorney speaking on behalf of the officers said the charges are a rush to judgment.