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Prisoner Was Wrong: Freddie Gray Didn’t Kill Himself

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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.

That document was apparently leaked to the Washington Post on purpose, with the intent to mislead the general public, at least that is what the Daily Beast reports.

Apparently, new information reveals that before the second prisoner was even in the police van, Freddie Gray asked the police for medical assistance.

As the Daily Beasts says: “You have to wonder why on earth a man who had just asked for help would then try to hurt himself—as the second prisoner supposedly concluded after he was picked up at the next stop a few minutes later.”

The 25-year-old Gray was found unconscious in the wagon when it arrived at a police station on April 12. He had somehow suffered a spinal injury and was apparently in considerable pain.  He had asked for help repeatedly on the ride to the station.  He began banging on the walls of the the police wagon when he was ignored.  The wagon made several stops, but none to give him assistance.  He was taken to the police station, left untreated, and died a week later.

It is this widespread insensitivity of police that has brought the issue of police behavior to the forefront of public attention and caused this groundswell of outrage.  From Sanford to Ferguson to Baltimore, the tension between poor and black communities and the police continue to escalate.  Monday’s riots are just a repeat of the angry protests that result from a deep-seated frustration that is largely ignored by authorities and only acknowledged after violence erupts, sending the curious and surely unintended message that if you set fire to buildings, loot stores and confront police with bottles and rocks, your issues will at long last be heard.

 

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