Skip to main content

Sign up for our newsletter.

Quality journalism. Progressive values. Direct to your inbox.

Corporate gatekeepers and big tech monopolists are making it more difficult than ever for independent media to survive. Please chip in today.

Baltimore Police at a protest this week. (Photo: Arash Azizzada/flickr/cc)

Police Van Carrying Freddie Gray Made Previously Undisclosed Stop: Report

Baltimore PD reportedly hand over investigation one day earlier than expected because it has 'exhausted every lead' in the investigation

Deirdre Fulton

The police van that carried 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who would die of injuries sustained during his arrest one week later, made a previously undisclosed stop on its way to the station, according to the Baltimore Police Department's initial findings, turned over to the state attorney's office on Thursday.

The Baltimore Sun reports that the department handed over its investigation one day earlier than expected because it had "exhausted every lead" in the investigation. Police Commissioner Anthony Batts reportedly said 30 officers worked around the clock to complete the work because of a "sense of urgency" regarding the case.

According to the Sun, "the announcement did not bring the release of any reports or findings," with the exception of the previously unknown van stop.

The New York Times reports:

The new stop turned up on video taken from "a privately owned camera," Deputy Commissioner Kevin Davis said, and it was "previously unknown to us." That suggested that the officers involved had not told investigators about it.

The Sun explained further:

Jung Hwang, owner of CR Market at Mosher and N. Fremont, said Thursday that police copied footage from the store's surveillance camera system. Hwang said he did not see the footage or the van carrying Gray...adding that his camera and video were since taken during looting that followed Monday's rioting in the city.

And Vice News adds:

According to all official accounts before today, the van reportedly stopped three times during the 30-minute ride to a district police station. The first of those stops was made so that officers could cuff irons onto Gray's legs. During the second stop, Gray reportedly asked police for medical attention, which he did not receive. In the third stop, the prisoner — accused of violating a protective order — was introduced into the van, separated from Gray by a metal partition. The two men reportedly could not see each other.

But on Thursday, Deputy Commissioner Kevin Davis, who led the police investigation, told reporters a fourth stop was made after the second stop and before the time they picked up the second prisoner.

Now, it is up to State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby to determine whether charges will be brought against any of the six suspended officers involved in Gray's arrest. She has not set a timetable for that decision, and while Mosby confirmed that she had received the files, she stressed that her office's investigation is independent of police.

"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," Mosby said. "We ask for the public to remain patient and peaceful and to trust the process of the justice system."

USA Today notes that the latest development "comes amid a disputed allegation that a prisoner sharing a police van with Gray...heard him intentionally trying to injure himself." The Washington Post brought that statement to light in reporting on Wednesday.

But the New York Daily News spoke with one spine surgeon who said Gray "could not have severed his spinal cord by hurling himself into a police van wall."

According to the Daily News:

"You don’t become paralyzed, you don’t go into a coma from slamming yourself into a van door," Dr. David Matusz, a spine surgeon at Lenox Hill Hospital, told the Daily News. "Throwing your shoulder or head against the wall is not going to produce a fatal injury."

Matusz said even most pre-existing spinal conditions could not turn fatal with low-force trauma. Typically, deadly spine injures are sustained in high-speed car accidents and falls from significant heights.

The Baltimore Sun reports that "[o]f the six suspended officers—Lt. Brian Rice, Sgt. Alicia White, and Officers William Porter, Garrett Miller, Edward Nero and Caesar Goodson Jr.—five have provided statements to police officials. Police have not said which officer has refused. The police union has defended the actions of all those involved."

Our work is licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0). Feel free to republish and share widely.

We've had enough. The 1% own and operate the corporate media. They are doing everything they can to defend the status quo, squash dissent and protect the wealthy and the powerful. The Common Dreams media model is different. We cover the news that matters to the 99%. Our mission? To inform. To inspire. To ignite change for the common good. How? Nonprofit. Independent. Reader-supported. Free to read. Free to republish. Free to share. With no advertising. No paywalls. No selling of your data. Thousands of small donations fund our newsroom and allow us to continue publishing. Can you chip in? We can't do it without you. Thank you.

Wall Street-Funded Democrat PAC to Spend $1 Million in Bid to Unseat Tlaib: Report

"Imagine spending $1 million to oust Rashida Tlaib instead of organizing in Detroit to make sure Michigan goes blue," quipped one progressive group.

Brett Wilkins ·

Parents Demand Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty 'For the Sake of the Children'

"We cannot remain silent as the fossil fuel industry and world leaders rob our children of a livable future," parents from 32 nations wrote in an open letter.

Brett Wilkins ·

'We Can Do Better' Than Biden's Paltry Student Debt Relief Plan, Says AOC

The president's approach, said the New York Democrat, is "just enough to anger the people against it *and* the people who need forgiveness the most."

Julia Conley ·

Right-Wing Supreme Court Poised to Make US Gun Carnage Even Worse

The U.S. Supreme Court's right-wing majority could soon "obliterate even the mildest of gun regulations in service of its gun lobby masters."

Kenny Stancil ·

'Enough Is Enough!': Thousands Protest Outside NRA Convention in Texas

"I'm just tired of the NRA subordinating children's rights for gun rights," said one gun lobby opponent just three days after the school massacre in Uvalde.

Brett Wilkins ·

Common Dreams Logo