Conflicting Reports Cloud Freddie Gray Case
Although the liberal media is rushing to judgement and blaming the Baltimore police for the mortal injuries suffered by Freddie Gray, we really don’t know what took place during and after his arrest. The Baltimore Police Department and the Maryland State’s Attorney are both conducting investigations. Now new narratives are adding to the confusion.
However, a report from a prisoner who was inside the same van as Gray has become public knowledge and is raising new questions about the case.
The Washington Post disclosed a report on what the prisoner claimed he heard Gray do:
A prisoner sharing a police transport van with Freddie Gray told investigators that he could hear Gray “banging against the walls” of the vehicle and believed that he “was intentionally trying to injure himself,” according to a police document obtained by The Washington Post.
The prisoner, who is currently in jail, was separated from Gray by a metal partition and could not see him. His statement is contained in an application for a search warrant, which is sealed by the court. 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.
The report is at odds with what Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts claims:
The Atlantic reported that the claim Freddie Gray attempted to injure himself while in police custody is a disputed one:
Jayne Miller, a reporter for WBAL-TV, disputed the prisoner’s claims on Twitter. She argues that Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts told her the second prisoner in the police van said Gray had been “mostly quiet” during the ride and there had been “no evidence” of Gray banging his head against the van.
“We disagree with any implication that Freddie Gray severed his own spinal cord,” added Jason Downs, a lawyer for the Gray family. Downs also contended that previous police reports suggesting that Gray had been arrested “without force or incident” were questionable.
Stories are also circulating on Twitter alleging Gray’s spinal cord was injured prior to his arrest, citing a Baltimore Sun report based on records of an earlier court case.The Baltimore Sun has now clarified that these are erroneous conclusions from its report:
Online reports are swirling that Freddie Gray had spinal surgery shortly before he died in police custody, and had collected a payout in a settlement from a car accident. Those reports — which raise questions about the injury that led to his death in April 19 — point to Howard County court records as proof.
But court records examined Wednesday by The Baltimore Sun show the case had nothing to do with a car accident or a spine injury. Instead, they are connected to a lawsuit alleging that Gray and his sister were injured by exposure to lead paint. Rumors about what might have happened in the Freddie Gray case have only added to the lack of clarity about what really happened.
The atmosphere in Baltimore is tense as citizens wait for reports of the investigations. Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets in peaceful protests, and there have also been riots and looting. Meanwhile, rumors and competing theories add nothing to the substance of the case.