[Watch] Police Claim That Freddie Gray ‘Broke His Neck When He Fell Face First’ in the Back of the Police Van

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A medical report has concluded that Freddie Gray broke his neck after falling head-first into the back of the police van as it was moving, it is claimed.

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Police Commissioner Anthony Batts revealed a private security camera captured the van making an unknown stop. So far, he has refused to elaborate on the details of the new information.

A privately-owned security camera revealed that there was a mysterious stop made along the route. The stop will be integral to the police investigation into Gray’s death, which has been completed and handed to the state prosecutor.

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The investigation has not revealed why the van stopped at the corner of North Fremont Ave and Mosher Street before it made another two stops then finally transported Gray to the hospital. Gray died of a severe spinal injury a week later.

The details surrounding exactly what caused Freddie Gray to slam his head into the back of the van is unclear. The officer driving the van has not given a statement to authorities yet. It’s also unclear whether Gray’s head injury was voluntary or was a result of some other action.

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Sources briefed on the police investigation told ABC News Gray’s head injuries were consistent with hitting a bolt ‘in the back door of the van’. They claimed there was ‘no evidence’ Gray sustained a fatal spine injury during his arrest, which was caught on camera outside on a street side on April 12.

According to ABC’s sources, Gray was standing in the van, bent over with his hand cuffed behind his back and his head pointing towards the back door.

It is believed he fell into the door, breaking his neck. If Gray was properly restrained, it is unclear how he fell forward.

Read full story at Daily Mail

Photos courtesy of Daily Mail

4 COMMENTS

  1. One would not break ones neck by falling forward as ones arms and shoulders would impact first and the head would lag from inertia. One may also imagine proper police procedure would be to ensure the suspect is assisted in entry to the vehicle. If one were to be throen into the vehicle like a piece of garbage I can imagine the suspect thusly contacting the vehicle with his/her head first.

  2. I am leaning toward this: He was tossed into the back of the vehicle, not buckled in to the seat and the driver was probably performing fast accelerations, making hard turns and jacking the brakes.

    With his hands and legs in restraints he was unable to prevent any injury from being tossed around inside the van, hence the head and neck injuries.

    • I agree. Possibly they could not handcuff him due to the spinal injury which left his legs not working, or, they handcuffed him but he could not sit and slid all over the van.

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