A 2nd prisoner inside the Baltimore police paddy wagon with Freddie Gray said he heard Gray “banging against the walls” on the other side of a partition.
The unnamed prisoner told investigators he couldn’t see Gray but he believed that he “was intentionally trying to injure himself,” according to a police report obtained by the Washington Post.
From 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.
Gray, 25, died of a nearly severed spine on April 19. He was arrested for running from police. His death caused uprisings in Baltimore, New York City and Washington, D.C.
Police admit Gray wasn’t secured with a seat belt inside the van.
Gray’s family rejected the notion that he severed his own spinal cord.
“We disagree with any implication that Freddie Gray severed his own spinal cord,” family 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.”
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