WaPo: Freddie Gray Was Trying To Hurt Himself In Custody

The Washington Post is out with a bombshell report that another prisoner witnessed Baltimore riot inspiration drug dealer Freddie Gray “intentionally trying to injure himself” in police custody.

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Gray later died in police custody from spinal cord injuries.

Upon hearing the report, hundreds of inner city youths were seen carrying bricks and shelving in an attempt to rebuild the CVS they burned down a few days ago based on an unproven assumption.

People keep saying that the drug dealer Gray died from a “severed spinal cord,” but I haven’t seen that in an official document.  I’ve just seen “spinal injury”  as the Washington Post lists it. It’s entirely possible to give yourself a spinal cord injury, especially if drug dealer Gray was also a drug user.

Here’s the Washington Post report.  Count the weasel words.

A prisoner sharing a police transport van with Freddie Gray told investigators that he could hear Gray “banging against the walls” of the vehicle and believed that he “was intentionally trying to injure himself,” according to a police document obtained by The Washington Post.

The prisoner, who is currently in jail, was separated from Gray by a metal partition and could not see him. His statement is contained in an application for a search warrant, which is sealed by the court. The Post was given the document under the condition that the prisoner not be named because the person who provided it feared for the inmate’s safety.

The document, written by a Baltimore police investigator, offers the first glimpse of what might have happened inside the van. It is not clear whether any additional evidence backs up the prisoner’s version, which is just one piece of a much larger probe.