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Questions Raised about Death of Freddie Gray from Injuries Sustained in Police Custody

The Department of Justice has officially opened a civil rights investigation into the death of Freddie Gray, who sustained mysterious injuries while in police custody. According to court documents, they arrested Gray, who is black, because he “fled unprovoked upon noticing police presence.” Officers claim he was carrying a small knife. Their report says he was arrested “without force or incident,” yet a week later he died in a hospital where he was being treated for a severed spine and a crushed voice box.

After being put into the back of a police van, the Baltimore officers removed him for making noise, placing his legs in shackles. At some point after that, he began to plead for medical assistance, which the officers did not administer. Police say that during the ride, he had a medical emergency and went into shock—though they aren’t giving any more details. A disturbing video from the scene shows Gray screaming, while several officers drag him into a van as parts of his lower body appear to be limp. Statements made by the mayor have also raised questions. Despite the video of a clearly injured Gray, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake told reporters, “we know he was fine getting into the van.” Six officers have been suspended with pay while the investigation is underway …

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