Man Dies From Fatal Injuries After Encounter With Baltimore Police
25-year-old Freddie Gray is dead after a run-in with the Baltimore Police Department and answers are scarce.
According to The Baltimore Sun, Gray was pursued by police after he “fled unprovoked upon noticing police presence” on the morning of April 12.
Once he was stopped by the officers, they noticed he had a switchblade clipped to the inside of his front pants pocket and placed him under arrest.
“The defendant was arrested without force or incident,” Officer Garrett Miller wrote.
In footage showing a portion of the arrest that was captured on the cell phone of a bystander, Gray can be heard crying out in pain as two officers drag him to a police van. Judging by the video alone, Gray’s ailment is unclear; however, one witness can be overheard yelling to the officers that it looks like his leg is broken.
Less than an hour after taking him into custody, the police department called for medical assistance.
“During transport to Western District via wagon transport the defendant suffered a medical emergency and was immediately transported to Shock Trauma via medic,” Miller said.
Doctors say that 80% of Gray’s spine was severed and three bones in his neck were broken. Sadly, he slipped into a coma and died Sunday morning, just one week after his arrest. Gray’s deadly police encounter has sparked outrage and several protests have erupted throughout the city.
“I will ensure that we will hold the right people accountable,” Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said during a press conference.
It’s amazing that after an entire week, answers regarding what happened to Gray while in police custody still have not been provided. The officers involved in Gray’s arrest have been placed on administrative leave.