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Baltimore Unrest: Freddie Gray Was ‘Trying to Injure Himself,’ Says Prisoner Who Shared Police Van (Updated)

Newspaper obtains police records that claim Gray was allegedly ”banging against the walls“

Updated, 11:13 a.m. ET, April 30th

The van carrying Freddie Gray made a fourth, undisclosed stop on its way to the police station on April 12th, the Baltimore Police Department said Thursday.  They also revealed they have completed the initial investigation into the death of Gray.

Deputy Commissioner Kevin Davis said the new evidence had shown up on a privately-owned camera. Evidence has been handed over to the state’s attorney.


A prisoner sharing the police van with Freddie Gray, who’s death has sparked riots in Baltimore and wall-to-wall media attention, claims he was “intentionally trying to injure himself.”

According police records obtained by Washington Post, the unnamed prisoner said he was “banging against the walls.” The documents were released to the newspaper under the condition the prisoner would remain anonymous.

No further information was released that offers a glimpse into what happened to the 25-year-old man on April 12th.  Cable news networks have covered the new developments Thursday morning, speaking to law enforcement officials and experts on whether the Post report negates the widespread theory that shady police activity led to Gray’s death.

After being arrested by police, Gray was unconscious 45 minutes later when he arrived at the police station.  He suffered a spinal injury, dying April 19th.

On CNN’s “New Day” Thursday morning, Congressman Keith Ellison said he doesn’t buy the prisoner’s claims.

“If you are charged with a crime in custody and the officers come to you and say, ‘Hey somebody’s saying that we beat up Freddie. Did you see anything like that?’ ‘Oh no sir,'” he said. “Come on, it’s pretty transparent.”

The media–and protestors–were under the assumption that findings in Gray’s death would be released Friday to the public, but officials announced Wednesday the evidence would instead be released to the state’s attorney Marilyn Mosby.

CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC have covered the riots in Baltimore heavily since Monday. The story’s coverage has resembled that of Ferguson, Missouri in 2014 in the aftermath of the grand jury decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown.

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