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Monday, May 4, 2015
6 Police Officers Charged With The Death Of Freddie Gray (Video)
Six police officers in Baltimore, Maryland have been charged
in the death of local 25-year-old man, Freddie Gray, who died
under suspicious circumstances. Gray was minding his own
business, when he was spotted by the
officers. Gray became afraid and ran.
The police officers engaged in a pursuit, catching and beating
Gray, who had committed no crime.
As Gray was dragged to a police van, bystanders stated to
officers "his leg is broken." However, a subsequent autopsy
found no broken leg. The autopsy did note crushed ribs, a crushed
windpipe and broken spine. Spinal injuries can lead to
paralysis, rendering a patient unable to move their arms and legs.
The damage to his spine that progressively became worse,
likely created the illusion of a limp, broken, unresponsive leg.
Authorities tried to state Gray injured himself in the
police van. However, some Baltimore police have received
complains in the past for deliberately placing detainees in vans and driving
recklessly in the city, speeding and then abruptly stopping, to
toss arrested people around in the vehicle. It further
paints a portrait of police brutality and excessive force.