Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said that he’d have his department’s investigation into the death of Freddie Gray turned over to the state’s attorney’s office by May 1. Today the state’s attorney’s office confirmed that they now have that report in hand, one day earlier than promised, according to an April 30 report from WBAL-TV in Baltimore.
Batts said he turned the report in this morning at 8:50 a.m. adding that the task force preparing the inquiry into Gray’s death exhausted each and every lead and was conducted by more than the 30 detectives and additional law enforcement personnel that were looking into Gray’s death. Batts said that the investigation was designed to be truthful and transparent because that’s what Gray’s family and Baltimore deserve.
Batts also said that the Baltimore Police Department will continue to follow up on any new leads and information and that the investigation into Gray’s death is not over. Now it’s up to the state’s attorney’s office to decide whether or not any of the police officers involved in Freddie Gray’s arrest will be facing charges, according to a report by the Associated Press carried by The Tampa Bay Times.
The general public hoped that when the report from Batts got turned over to the state’s attorney’s office, that the report would be released in full and that all questions surrounding Gray’s death would be answered. But State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby “must review the evidence, consider charges and decide how to move forward in the death of Gray, who suffered severe spinal injuries at some point after he tried to run from police on April 12, and died a week later,” according to the Times. Mosby is seeking the public’s patience as her office moves forward with the investigation. Mosby released a statement today after receiving the police report.
“The state’s attorney’s office has, in fact, received the hard copies of the Baltimore Police Department’s investigative file; however, the results of their investigation (are) not new to us. We have been briefed regularly throughout their process while simultaneously conducting our own independent investigation into the death of Freddie Gray. While we have and will continue to leverage the information received by the department, we are not relying solely on their findings but rather the facts that we have gathered and verified. We ask for the public to remain patient and peaceful and to trust the process of the justice system.” ~ per WBAL-TV
At the same press conference earlier today when Batts said that he turned the results of his investigation over to the city state’s attorney, Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Davis revealed one heretofore unknown detail. We all knew about the first two stops Freddie Gray made while in the police van; but today we learned of a third stop that wasn’t previously reported. Video from a privately owned shop owner showed that the transport van also stopped at Fremont and Mosher streets.
The van then went on to make another stop for a prisoner pickup before arriving at Western District police headquarters. From there Gray was transported to the hospital where he died the following week. Gray’s autopsy report is expected to be completed today or tomorrow.