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.
The 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.