Sorry; I’ve been working on an entirely different #BlackLivesMatter story, and got waylaid by President Choom Gang‘s garbage, and now this. It’s wicked bad, so be prepared.
It’s seriously bad for ‘peace officers’ when even the media question their version of events, and publish a suspicious timeline and note that thirty minutes are not accounted for.
On April 14, the FreethoughtProject had posited that cops may have given him ‘a nickel ride’, but what happened in far worse than they imagined.
“William “Billy” Murphy Jr., the attorney for the Gray family released the following statement: “On last Sunday morning at about 8am, the police chased Freddie Gray, a 27 year old healthy man, without any evidence he had committed a crime. His take-down and arrest without probable cause occurred under a police video camera, which taped everything including the police dragging and throwing Freddy into a police vehicle while he screamed in pain. While in police custody, his spine was 80 percent severed at his neck. He lapsed into a coma, died, was resuscitated, stayed in a coma and on Monday, underwent extensive surgery at Shock Trauma to save his life. He clung to life for seven days and died today at approximately 7am. We believe the police are keeping the circumstances of Freddie’s death secret until they develop a version of events that will absolve them of all responsibility. However, his family and the citizens of Baltimore deserve to know the real truth; and we will not stop until we get justice for Freddie.”
Citizen video. Always film the police or their version will likely stand as ‘the truth’.
A few more Bad Apples will be investigated by the PTB.
May you some day rest in peace, Freddie, and your family and friends find comfort. May justice be served in some small measure.
From the WSJ, ‘Baltimore Officials Begin Criminal Investigation into Freddie Gray’s Death’
It’s behind a pay wall, but I dug it out of the google cache. A few pithy paragraphs:
“I want citizens to know exactly how it happened and if necessary, I will ensure we will hold the right people accountable,” Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said at City Hall, flanked by Police Commissioner Anthony Batts.
The city’s chief prosecutor, Marilyn Mosby, is involved in the probe of an unknown number of city police officers who took part in Freddie Gray’s arrest on April 12, city officials said. [snip]
Much about the case remained unclear on Sunday, including why Mr. Gray was taken into custody. At the City Hall news conference, Deputy Police Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez said he was arrested in a part of West Baltimore with drug activity and that officers believed he was involved in criminal acts.
Police have said Mr. Gray tried to flee officers before he was arrested. [snip]
In October, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services announced it would review the Baltimore Police Department’s use-of-force policies and practices, a move requested by Ms. Rawlings-Blake and Mr. Batts.”
Meanwhile, from the AP:
“Baltimore police were conducting a criminal investigation Sunday into the death of a man injured in their custody, and the mayor vowed to ensure the city held “the right people accountable.”
“It’s a two-part investigation. One is a criminal case, for Mr. Gray and also the officers. We always have that component in there to determine whether there is criminal culpability,” Rodriguez said. [snip]
On Sunday, Rodriguez was asked if Gray was injured in the van.
“That is truly what we want to find out. There was no evidence — I can say with certainty — we have no physical, video or any other evidence that an altercation,” resulted in injury, he said. “The question is how, and why and if anything contributed from our agency how we can prevent that.”
The department, an independent review board and the Baltimore prosecutor’s office will investigate the case, Batts said.”
But here’s the clincher:
“Officers and other witnesses have been interviewed, Rodriguez said. However, not everyone has been interviewed, Rodriguez noted, saying the officers who are subjects of the criminal investigation have a right not to potentially incriminate themselves. He said that if happened, it could “taint” the criminal investigation.”
Let it never be said that the officers’ statements taint the investigation, oh, no.
New citizen video by Kevin Moore, who was asleep in his home the morning of April 12, when his uncle yelled to him: “the police are tazing Freddie.” Moore was a friend of Freddie. “They folded him up like he was Origami.”
@jamalhbryant 41m41 minutes ago
According to ACLU in last 4 years 109 have lost their lives in MD after encounters with police! It’s gotta stop! #freddiegray
Some police admissions via CNN:
(CNN)—Freddie Gray did not get timely medical care after he was arrested and was not buckled into a seat belt while being transported in a police van, Baltimore police said Friday.
Police Commissioner Anthony Batts told reporters there are no excuses for the fact that Gray was not buckled in as he was transported to a police station.
Five days after Gray’s death and amid ongoing protests, police officials acknowledged mistakes were made during and after his arrest.
Gray, who was stopped April 12 after a foot pursuit through several housing complexes, should have received medical attention at the scene of his arrest, said Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Davis. A witness said the man was yelling and indicated he was having difficulty breathing.
Batts told reporters in an afternoon news conference: “We know our police employees failed to get him medical attention in a timely manner multiple times.”
Still no explanations of why they followed him, beat the crap out of him on the ground, reckoned ‘made eye contact’ was grounds, or any of that. Police claim they are looking through police videos, and did release some ten or eleven neighborhood CC tapes that show…absolutely nothing, as far as I can tell.
Baltimore Sun’s ‘The 45-minute mystery of Freddie Gray’s death’. Yes, all those extra minutes…failure to provide radio calls, secure CC tapes from businesses, now gone, etc.
Protestors are gathering in Baltimore, hoping to ‘shut it down!’. Rebelutionary_Z and others say they’ll be liveStreaming events, assumedly at #FreddieGray.