*UPDATE* Freddie Gray received his spinal injury in the back of the police van. Sources quoted by WJLA said the medical examiner had determined Gray’s death was caused by catastrophic injury after he slammed into the back of the police transport van, “apparently breaking his neck; a head injury he sustained matches a bolt in the back of the van.”
It seems that we now have some insight on what happened inside of the van that Freddie Gray was put into for transport. Gray was found unconscious in the wagon when it arrived at the police station on April 12. He suffered a major spinal injury and died a week later, sparking a passionate uprising in Baltimore. Police claim they don’t know how Gray was injured in the ride.
But in today’s “this-can’t-be-real-life news,” a prisoner who was allegedly in the same van with Gray has spoken out, claiming that Gray injured himself. The prisoner was separated from Gray by a metal partition and couldn’t see him, so his claims are based on what he heard.
This fellow passenger said that he could hear Gray “banging against the walls” of the vehicle and believed that he was “intentionally trying to injure himself,” according to the police document obtained by Washington Post.
Here’s the thing, when was the last time we were able to believe police and their reports?
The Post was given the document under the condition that the prisoner not be named because the person who provided it feared for the inmate’s safety.
Jason Downs, one of the attorneys for the Gray family, said the family had not been told of the prisoner’s comments to investigators. “We disagree with any implication that Freddie Gray severed his own spinal cord,” Downs said. “We question the accuracy of the police reports we’ve seen thus far, including the police report that says Mr. Gray was arrested without force or incident.”
The man who was in the van is currently in jail. We wonder if he was coerced into admitting that he heard Gray hurting himself. It seems this admission shouldn’t be permissible because it’s not something he saw. Also, what man who was just arrested would actually try to harm themselves to the point of breaking their spine? We’ll wait.
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