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The propaganda around the Baltimore riots continues, not just with the cover up of massive PEACEFUL protests. Now the Baltimore Police have taken it to a new level claiming that Freddie Gray may have broken his own neck while in the police van.

Complex.com
The Washington Post has obtained a police document that states another prisoner in the van that transported Freddie Gray after his arrest heard Gray “banging against the walls” of the car and suggested that Gray “was intentionally trying to injure himself.”

According to the Post, the document was written by a Baltimore police officer, and offers an account of what could have happened inside the van, although there is no evidence at this time to confirm the prisoner’s account. The Post obtained the document under the condition that the prisoner involved would remain anonymous. 

Gray died in police custody after sustaining a serious and mysterious spinal injury. Baltimore police have admitted that Gray should have received medical attention sooner than he did. An investigation by the Department of Justice into Gray’s death is pending.

Almost immediately after the Post published their report, some called it into question, pointing out the suspicious timing of the leak and its reliance on an anonymous source.

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The smear campaign has also produced Gray’s criminal record as if justification for his death, forgetting that everyone in the United States has the right to not be killed once detained in handcuffs.

All that is moot. This is about a person in police custody who was handcuffed and not strapped in with a seat belt in the back of the police van. This unprotected position is known to cause injuries to transported prisoners. Freddie Gray was already injured before getting in the van, likely making his spinal cord vulnerable to force that would not otherwise sever it. Here’s more from the Washington Post (which always does its best to re-hypothecate government propaganda).

The van driver stopped three times while transporting Gray to a booking center, the first to put him in leg irons. Batts said the officer driving the van described Gray as “irate.” The search warrant application says Gray “continued to be combative in the police wagon.”

The driver made a second stop, five minutes later, and asked an officer to help check on Gray. At that stop, police have said the van driver found Gray on the floor of the van and put him back on the seat, still without restraints. Police said Gray asked for medical help at that point.

The third stop was to put the other prisoner — a 38-year-old man accused of violating a protective order — into the van. The van was then driven six blocks to the Western District station. Gray was taken from there to a hospital, where he died April 19.

***UPDATE***

Medical examiner claims fatal injury was caused in the van, something supported by no evidence until the statements made Thursday.

WJLA
Sources said the medical examiner found Gray’s catastrophic injury was caused when 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.

Details surrounding exactly what caused Gray to slam into the back of the van was unclear. The officer driving the van has yet to give a statement to authorities. It’s also unclear whether Gray’s head injury was voluntary or was a result of some other action.

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