Washington Post- A prisoner sharing a police transport van with Freddie Gray told investigators that he could hear Gray “banging against the walls” of the vehicle and believed that he “was intentionally trying to injure himself,” according to a police document obtained by The Washington Post.
The prisoner, who is currently in jail, was separated from Gray by a metal partition and could not see him. His statement is contained in an application for a search warrant, which is sealed by the court. The Post was given the document under the condition that the prisoner not be named because the person who provided it feared for the inmate’s safety.
The document, written by a Baltimore police investigator, offers the first glimpse of what might have happened inside the van. It is not clear whether any additional evidence backs up the prisoner’s version, which is just one piece of a much larger probe.
Gray was found unconscious in the wagon when it arrived at a police station on April 12. The 25-year-old had suffered a spinal injury and died a week later, touching off waves of protests across Baltimore, capped by a riot Monday in which hundreds of angry residents torched buildings, looted stores and pelted police officers with rocks.
Police have said they do not know whether Gray was injured during the arrest or during his 30-minute ride in the van. Local police and the U.S. Justice Department both have launched investigations of Gray’s death.
So what kind of deal do we think was cut with the other prisoner in the van? You know, the prisoner that just gave a testimony indicting Gray of injuring himself, even though he couldn't even see him. Seems like a reputable source to me. Hmm, was it the half dozen cops kneeling on his back that severed his spinal cord, or did he do so by throwing himself against the wall of a van in anger? Gee, one of the true modern day mysteries. We may never know the answer. I have heard of punching a wall out of frustration before, but detaching your vertebrae is quite the step up. I don't think I will ever reach "break my own back" mad. Freddie Gray just making everyone that has been pissed to the point of damaging personal property look like a pussy. Jesus, I wince when I watch someone give themselves an insulin injection. I turn off the TV during the wrist cutting scenes in suicide themed movies. A severed spine though? That's some never before seen dedication to destruction.
Is this what we are going with? Final answer? The drawing board is full? Who wants to be the one to tell the thousands of looting rioters that everything is resolved because Freddie actually did it to himself. That should go over smoothly, but I would bring a few dozen boxes of donuts and a fire extunguisher just in case. A little brown nosing (don't worry officers, that's not a racial term) never hurt. I know there is a contingent of people that are naive to the level of discrimination shown by the police force. Chew on this for a second. Freddie Gray got his ass beat by a couple of cops. Now those very same cops are turning around say "well yeah, we beat him, but not as bad as he beat himself". That's a level of audacity that would never fly if we are talking about a white victim. "Listen Mrs. Murphy, Billy broke his own spinal column". That would result in more lawsuits than a Penn State shower scandal. When all else fails blame the guy that can no longer vouch for himself I guess. I don't know what happened in that van, but I can assure you that Gray wasn't solely responsible for incapacitating himself. Mostly because I don't even know how someone would even go about attempting to severe their own spine.
P.S. Am i supposed to believe it's a coincidence that every member of the racial damage control team on the Baltimore PD is black? Say what you want about Baltimore, but at least they got their black ducks in a row when shit hits the fan.