On April 12, 2015 a 25 year old Baltimore man named Freddie Gray was taken into police custody, but instead of taking him to a jail precinct, they put him inside a police van and put shackles on his ankles because he was “acting irate”. According to reports, Freddie asked for an inhaler because he started having breathing problems. Investigators never got clear information if the officers tried to get him help for his breathing, but they did not call for medical assistance until 40 minutes later.
Freddie was transported to a hospital, and that is where doctor’s unveiled the truth about what happened in that van.
Freddie underwent surgery, but then slipped into a coma and died on Sunday. Autopsy reports show a very severe injury to his spinal cord. The Gray family attorney William Murphy Jr says that Freddie’s “spine was nearly severed at his neck while he was in police custody. He lapsed into a coma before dying Sunday.”
At a news conference held Monday, the deputy police commissioner Jerry Rodriguez says that they are still trying to find out why Freddie was arrested in the first place. Reports say when cops arrived to the scene, Freddie took off running. “What we don’t know, and what we need to get to, is how that injury occurred.” “I know when Mr. Gray was placed inside that van, he was able to talk,” Rodriguez said at the news conference. “When Mr. Gray was taken out of that van, he could not talk and he could not breathe.”
“There is no law against running,” Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said at the news conference.
The officers say when they arrested Freddie he had a knife on him clipped to his pants, but the commissioner also said that is not a crime either. “We know that having a knife is not necessarily a crime,” “It is not necessarily probable cause to chase someone. So we still have questions.”
The investigation will be concluded on May 1 and turned into Baltimore’s state attorney to decide if charges will be filed.