Freddie Gray was brutally arrested by Balitmore police. He ended up suffering a spinal injury, falling into a coma and dying about a week after his interaction with the police. In fact, his arrest was caught on camera, but the Balitmore police didn’t know that, so they filed a police report, claiming they Gray’s arrest was “without force or incident.”
Even more discrepancies–apparently the video that was captured of the incident only shows a portion of the arrest, police say. How convenient. The portion does not show use of force at the time of Gray’s arrest. This conveniently makes the cause of his injuries unclear.
Gray’s spinal cord was severed. Severed. And these arresting officers are clueless as to how that happened and are indirectly blaming it on transport.
“The defendant was arrested without force or incident,” officer Garrett Miller wrote. “During transport to Western District via wagon transport the defendant suffered a medical emergency and was immediately transported to Shock Trauma via medic.” This document was filed in District Court, where Miller wrote that Gray was stopped because he “fled unprovoked upon noticing police presence.”
Police are also claiming Gray had a pocket knife on him at the time of the arrest, but at this point, can we trust the police and their reports?
Some officers involved in the case have reportedly been suspended and police commissioner Anthony Batts and mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake have promised investigations. However, The Baltimore Sun is reporting that the officers involved have been placed on administrative assignment pending the outcome of the investigation.
According to reports, the Baltimore police department and the federal Department of Justice are already engaged in a “collaborative review“ of city officers’ use-of-force practices, a process that began after the Sun reported that the city has paid nearly $6 million in judgments and settlements since 2011 in 102 civil suits alleging police misconduct.
This is just outrageous. Police are showing us that not only is it open season on Black people, but they can repeatedly get away with murder and lying about it. What do you think about what police reports are trying to claim about the Freddie Gray arrest?
Lies They Tell: The Baltimore Police Claimed Freddie Gray Was Arrested ‘Without Force Or Incident’ was originally published on hellobeautiful.com