Autopsy: Freddie Gray Died Of A High-Energy Impact
Earlier today, The Baltimore Sun reported that they had obtained a copy of Freddie Gray’s autopsy report.
You may remember Gray was the 25-year-old man who was stopped by officers, in April, and arrested under no charge.
Officers bound Gray with handcuffs and shackles around his ankles and put him in the back of the police van, without securing him in a seatbelt.
Now, the state medical examiner has ruled that Gray’s death can not be ruled an accident. Instead, it’s being classified as a homicide “through acts of omission,” because officers failed to follow safety procedures.
Gray was loaded into the van on his belly but somewhere along the route, the medical examiner found that Gray got to his feet at one point and was thrown into the wall when the van made an abrupt change in direction.
The examiner said the fact that Gray was not restrained by a seatbelt put him “at risk for an unsupported fall during acceleration or deceleration of the van.”
The examiner compared Gray’s injuries as consistent with those seen in shallow water diving incidents.
All six officers involved in Gray’s arrest and transport have been charged. The driver of the van Caesar R. Goodson Jr., the driver of the van is charged with second-degree-depraved-heart murder while three officers are charged with manslaughter. The final two officers face lesser charges, including second-degree assault.
The officers have all pleaded not guilty and will stand trial, set for October.