A man who was injured while being arrested in Baltimore last week has died, just hours after hundreds of people rallied outside Baltimore Police Station to protest against how seriously he was injured.
Freddie Gray’s stepfather, Richard Shipley, confirmed his stepson
had died. His statement was confirmed by a Shock Trauma
According to police, Gray was first stopped by officers at 8:39am
on April 12. He then managed to run away but was caught one
minute later and arrested. At 8:54am he was placed in the
prisoner transport wagon and taken to the Western District police
station. At 9:54am an ambulance was called to treat him.
Local broadcaster WJZ-TV said that footage of the arrest filmed
on a cell phone showed that he was black, and that family members
identified him as 27-year old Freddie Gray.
He suffered broken vertebra and an injured voice box and had to
undergo emergency spinal surgery, after which he was in a coma
from which he never recovered.
Police have said that a panel has been set up to review the case
which will be sent to prosecutors but have not been forthcoming
with any additional information.
The day before Freddie’s death, hundreds of people gathered
outside Baltimore Police Station where they raised their hands
and turned their backs on officers. Barricades were set up round
the station, which were quickly breached by protesters but who
pulled back before the main rally began.
Some of them chanted “No justice, no peace, we don’t need you
on our streets.”
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— Baltimore Maryland (@BaltimoreMdRR) April
“What happened to Freddie was unnecessary and uncalled for.
All of those police officers involved need to be held accountable
and answer for what they did, and need to be terminated from
their positions,” the Rev. Jamal Harrison Bryant of the
Empowerment Temple shouted to protesters.
“If this happens to him, it could happen to any of you,”
Freddie’s step father told the crowd.
Crystal Cooley, one of Freddie’s old friends said who witnessed
the incident said: “They didn’t have to do it to him. They
already had him in handcuffs.”
“They [the police] haven’t said one word since it happened.
Why?” said Chandra Jackson, 36.
— Freelancer (@2Freelancer) April
As the protest was getting into full swing, there was another
police shooting on block 2700 of Baker Street. Police
Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez said that a car with three people
inside it sped away after the driver refused to stop when police
tried to pull it over.
One of the men then leaped from the car and was chased across a
field. According to Rodriguez he then pulled out a handgun and
was shot by the pursuing police multiple times. The man is in
hospital in a stable condition, while no police officers were
injured in the attack.
Rodriguez insisted that the officers were “great danger”
and that the alleged criminals that didn’t stop were “people
with no regard for law enforcement.”