• Prisoner in Police Van: Freddie Gray Was Trying To Injure Himself

    Freddie Gray may have self-inflicted some of the injuries that caused his death, according to a document written by a Baltimore police investigator and uncovered by the Washington Post.

    A prisoner sharing a police transport van with Freddie Gray told investigators that he “was intentionally trying to injure himself,” and that he could hear “banging against the walls” of the vehicle.

    The prisoner, who is currently in jail, was separated from Gray by a metal partition and could not see him. The affidavit is part of a search warrant seeking the seizure of the uniform worn by one of the officers involved in Gray’s arrest or transport.

    His statement is contained in an application for a search warrant, which is sealed by the court.

    The document offers the first glimpse of what might have happened inside the van that lead to Gray’s mysterious death that violent ignited riots in Baltimore Monday and have prompted protests throughout the country.

    Gray was found unconscious on April 12, in the van when it arrived at the police station. His spinal cord was “nearly 80 percent severed” and  he died a week later.

    Local police and the U.S. Justice Department both have launched investigations of Gray’s death and said they do not know whether Gray was injured during the arrest or during his 30-minute ride in the van

    One of the attorneys for the Gray family, Jason Downs, said the family was unaware of the prisoner’s comments to investigators.

    “We disagree with any implication that Freddie Gray severed his own spinal cord,” 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.”

    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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