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Report: Freddie Gray Sustained Injuries in Van; Death Ruled Homicide

According to the DC-area news channel ABC-7, a medical examiner has determined that Freddie Gray’s “catastrophic injury was caused when he slammed into the back of the police transport van,” noting that the actual injury suggest he hit his head on a bolt. The news station cited a source who had been “briefed on the findings of a police report.” The report says that Gray’s severed spinal cord was not caused by his initial arrest by officers, but it does not indicate what caused him to be “slammed into the back of the police transport van.” The Baltimore police officer who actually drove the van two weeks ago has not yet made a statement to investigators.

The Washington Post obtained a police investigator’s document that quoted a prisoner—who was in a separate area of the van and couldn’t see Gray—and suggested that Gray “was intentionally trying to injure himself.” However, a day later, the prisoner told WJZ Baltimore that his quotes had been misconstrued by police: “All I did was go straight to the station, but I heard a little banging like he was banging his head. They trying to make it seem like I told them that, I made it like Freddie Gray did that to himself. Why the f*** would he do that to himself?” According to The New York Times, the city’s prosecutor has “probable cause to file homicide, manslaughter and misconduct charges” against the officers involved …

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