Police have delivered their Freddie Gray investigative files over to prosecutors on Thursday. The investigators revealed that the prisoner transport van made an unreported stop before reaching the Baltimore Police precinct. Baltimore’s state attorney confirmed her office received the report and acknowledged that her office conducted its own investigation separate from the Baltimore Police Department’s investigation. Investigators have been daily briefing the state’s attorney office.
ABC News reported that the police transport picked up Gray after he fled the police and then made a stop known to the police, but made a final stop that the Baltimore Police Department did not discover until the investigation was beginning. Their last stop prior to reaching the Baltimore Police Department was to pick up another prisoner. Police Commissioner Anthony Batts announced the Police Department completed their investigation a day early and delivered their investigation files to the Baltimore State’s Attorney Office to complete the case. Commissioner Batts confirmed that 30 detectives were assigned to the investigation and was only responsible for this case. Baltimore’s Deputy Commissioner was head of the Gray investigation and acknowledged that his investigation team learned of the previously unknown stop after viewing footage from a security camera near North Fremont Avenue and Mosher Street.
Gray was taken into custody on Sunday, April 12 but police never explained their reasons for apprehending him, only defending their actions by saying that he was running from authorities. Police say he sustained an unexplained spinal injury after they took him to custody. He was eventually transported to a hospital shortly after arriving at the police station. Gray died a week later and the lack of details about what happened to him has contributed to protests and riots in the city. The police report was not released to the public, but handed over on Thursday to the city’s chief prosecutor. The U.S. Department of Justice has also launched an investigation into Gray’s death.
During the course of the investigation, a fellow prisoner in the van claims that he could hear Gray banging against the walls and believed Gray was intentionally trying to injure himself. However the Gray family attorney Jason Downs, fights back against the claims that Gray caused his own fatal injury. “We disagree with any implication that Freddie Gray severed his own spinal cord,” Downs told the Post. “We question the accuracy of the police reports we’ve seen thus far, including the police report that says Mr. Gray was arrested without force or incident.” According to a CNN source, the medical examiner had determined Gray’s death was caused by catastrophic injury after he slammed into the back of the police transport van, “apparently breaking his neck; a head injury he sustained matches a bolt in the back of the van.”
The decision on whether to file charges against any of the officers involved in the arrest now lies on state attorney Mosby. Protests have continued as more than hundreds were arrested in New York. Police officers in Denver made nine arrests charging them with assault of a police officer, robbery, resisting police, disobedience to lawful orders, obstructing roadways and interference. More protested are expected in the coming days, all across the country.