Sources told a Baltimore television station that the medical examiner found Freddie Gray died as a result of slamming his head against the inside of a police van, breaking his neck.
WJLA reported sources said the medical examiner’s report, contained in the police report handed over Thursday to the state attorney, found Gray’s wound was consistent with the bolt inside the back of the police van.
Furthermore, the report was released a day after The Washington Post obtained a police document showing that the other prisoner, Donta Allen, who had been arrested for allegedly stealing a cigarette, shared the police transport van with Freddie Gray and told investigators that he could hear Gray “banging against the walls” of the vehicle and believed that he “was intentionally trying to injure himself.”
Allen told WJZ, “When I was in the back of that van it did not stop or nothing. All it did was go straight to the station, but I heard a little banging, like he was banging his head. I didn’t even know he was in the van until we got to the station.” Allen, fearing that he could be killed, further stated that he was not saying that he believed Gray did that to himself.
A person close to an officer involved in his death told CNN earlier Wednesday that Gray was “shackled [while in the van] because he was irate” and “angry.”
Details surrounding exactly what caused Gray to slam into the back of the van were unclear. The officer driving the van has yet to give a statement to authorities. It’s also unclear whether Gray’s head injury was voluntary or was a result of some other action.
An attorney for the Gray family told The Washington Post that they do not believe that Gray fatally injured himself. “We disagree with any implication that Freddie Gray severed his own spinal cord,” attorney Jason Downs said. “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.”
Regardless, tensions seem far from subsiding as protests are still prevalent in cities including Baltimore, Boston, New York, and Washington D.C.