Justice For Freddie

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I realise that these videos are distressing, but I think the witness statements and the recent new video prove that Freddie Gray was in severe pain and his legs were inoperable before he was bundled into the van. He most certainly was not able-bodied.

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F3The Washington Post reports:

Freddie Gray died Sunday, a week after Baltimore city police arrested him. A charging document obtained Monday by the Baltimore Sun said Gray “fled unprovoked upon noticing police presence.”

Video of the arrest played by police at a news conference Monday did not show how Gray suffered his injury, which Deputy Police Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez described as “a very tragic injury to his spinal cord, which resulted in his death,” citing the preliminary results of an autopsy.

“What we don’t know, and what we need to get to, is how that injury occurred,” Rodriguez said. He noted that “when Mr. Gray was put in that van, he could talk, he was upset, and when he was taken out of that van, he could not talk and he could not breathe.”

Rodriguez added that police had “no evidence” of any use of excessive force at this point, including from the preliminary results of the autopsy.

Well, I would think it is obvious that twisting someone into a pretzel while putting your knee into their back and on their neck amounts to excessive force. But that’s just me.

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10 Responses to Justice For Freddie

  1. 40Watt says:

    Yes, heels bent up to the back, hyperextension of neck, knee on neck with massive force – that would do it. In fact, looking at these lifeless legs being dragged along the ground, I will say – that did it.

  2. lindak1961 says:

    The police in this country is out of control.

  3. 40Watt says:

    The Baltimore police supervisor suspended over the death of Freddie Gray was accused of threatening to kill a man as part of an alleged “pattern of intimidation and violence” that led to a temporary restraining order.

    Lieutenant Brian Rice was ordered to stay away from the man after a series of alleged confrontations, including one armed standoff that led to a 911 call and officers from two police departments spending 90 minutes defusing the situation, according to court filings.

    http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/apr/23/baltimore-officer-who-chased-freddie-gray-had-pattern-of-violence-court-filings

  4. ProfessorCanine says:

    Chicago pays $5mil. to teens family to avoid releasing dashcam video showing teen shot in the back 16 times while walking away from officer.
    http://chicago.suntimes.com/editorials-opinion/7/71/538514/chicago-police-shooting-laquan-mcdonald-reparations

  5. PofessorCanine says:

    What.The.Actual.Fuck?

    “The officers who were directly involved because of our Law Enforcement Officer’s Bill of Rights we have yet to fully engage those officers, and we will get to the bottom of it,” the mayor said. “I am determined to make sure that we have as full investigation and we follow all of the rules and procedures so if there is a finding of wrongdoing that we have done everything possible to protect policy and procedures so we can hold those individual accountable.”

    https://news.vice.com/article/police-officer-bill-of-rights-blamed-for-baltimores-information-blackout-in-case-of-freddie-grays-severed-spine

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