Baltimore police probe findings turned over to state’s attorney

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – The question whether Freddie Gray was a victim of police brutality remains unanswered, especially with recent conflicting reports. CNN reports that a relative of an officer who arrested Gray thinks the 25-year old was injured while being taken into custody. While the Washington Post cites that a prisoner in the same police van told investigators that Gray tried to purposely hurt himself.

Gray was arrested earlier this month and suffered a fatal spinal cord injury while in police custody. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said, “It’s not helpful to our community who wants to seek justice to engage in speculation that doesn’t get us closer to answers. Our community wants answers to what happened to Freddie Gray.”

On Thursday, the Baltimore Police Department concluded its investigation and sent everything over to the state’s attorney, who now has to decide whether to press charges. Authorities, though, did not reveal much about what they found, other than to say the van which Gray was traveling in did make one additional stop than was previously reported.

“This does not mean the investigation is over. If new evidence is found we will follow it. If new direction is given by the state’s attorney, we will obey it,” said Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts.

The report findings come as officials continue to be worried over more incidence of violence in the city of 600,000 people. Mayor Rawlings-Blake and President Barack Obama have used the word “thugish” to describe the actions of rioters and looters in Baltimore. But Baltimore City Councilman Carl Stokes took issue with this term. He reasoned. “Of course it’s not the right word to call our children thugs. These are children who have been set aside, marginalized, who have not been engaged by us.”

The chaos in Baltimore has spurred protests in different parts of the country. Hundreds of people took to the streets of New York, where protesters said police brutality is a local problem. A peaceful demonstration also took place in the nation’s capital.

Police said that on Thursday morning, there was a sense of calm in Baltimore. But the city remains on edge. Officials clarified that while the community wants answers, full details of the police report to the prosecutors will not be made public.

You may contact Henni Espinosa at henni_espinosa@abs-cbn.com for more information.

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  • noz
    1 May 2015 at 8:21 am - Reply

    yeah, call them angel is what he likes to call these THUGS engaged in the profession of anarchy. wait till these violent thugs invade your homes, rob and kill you. see how you will call someone, who will mugged / hurt to killing you, if the thug had a bad day or high on drugs or the thug/s is just a natural born killer / steal your money, jewelry, simply bc you are just walking in your area to go home from work. thug/s are predators into randomly picking their victims. its unfortunate the crime statistic points among blacks committing the crimes. the baltimore city council is a typical a$$hole politician, only up to himself to stay in power. he meant to hurt his own race by not facing the real problem of the blacks in america. he is the same rank as sharpton, jackson consistently using the race card as the caused of blacks miserable lives. these are the hateful, race baiting black leaders impeding the advancements of the blacks in america.

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