Monday, April 20, 2015

Baltimore's #Freddie Gray Dies from Injuries Sustained During Arrest by #Baltimore Police

Yeah, I already know. Here we go again. Another black man dies while encountering the police.

This time it's the Baltimore Maryland City Police. Here is the 411 via of the Washington Post.

"A 25-year-old man who died several days after being arrested by Baltimore police suffered a fatal spinal injury, authorities said Monday, as city officials announced that six police officers have been suspended.

Freddie Gray died Sunday, a week after Baltimore city police arrested him. A charging document obtained Monday by the Baltimore Sun said Gray “fled unprovoked upon noticing police presence.” [Source: The Washington Post]
Subsequent reports support  Gray fleeing unprovoked at the site of the officers. The same reports also support the officers statements that Gray drew their attention because of a switchblade knife he had on his person.

At some point while in custody Gray wound up with a tragic injury to his spinal cord, which resulted in his death.

Police say Gray walked to the police paddy wagon after being cuffed by arresting officers whom eventually caught up to Gray after a short foot chase.

However, video recorded by witnesses clearly show the arresting officers dragging Gray with limp legs to the wagon.  Gray can also be heard on the video screaming in pain as the officers have him facedown on the ground cuffing him.

 As of this post, the Baltimore Police are saying they don't know how his spinal cord got broken. This is the thing that puts the stank on this incident. A whole department that's one of the best in the country at solving "who dunits" can't determine how a man was running one minute, and the next minute cops are dragging him and his legs appeared lifeless. Yes this one is starting to smell.

City officials held a national news conference on Monday April 21 but provided few answers as to what happened. 

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Police Commissioner Anthony Batts pretty much said the matter would be investigated by the BPC as well as a third party counsel with findings due in two weeks.

Two weeks to determine what happened in a time span of about 15 minutes sounds like a stall tactic. Being a fan of Rawlings-Blake I'm inclined to hold back on reiterating what I see is apparent. I think she's a straight shooter that has a police matter on her hands she didn't warrant receiving.

There is one fact that no one can argue. Something happened to fatally injure Freddie Gray while he was in the presence of the BPD. How that something happened will tell a tale of right or wrong on the part of the BPD

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