Cited: Ms. Mosby faulted the officers’ conduct almost from the minute the police first came into contact with Mr. Gray, not just on the van ride. The officers who arrested him had no probable cause to do so, she said, describing the arrest as illegal. Officers charged him with possession of a switchblade, but Ms. Mosby said, “The knife was not a switchblade and is lawful under Maryland law.”
More on Marilyn Mosby: “The Mosby Effect: The inauguration of Baltimore’s new state’s attorney was a godly rebuke of her critics”
“In a city rocked by unrest this week, and now under curfew and patrolled by National Guard troops, Ms. Mosby’s announcement on the steps of the War Memorial downtown drew cheers from the assembled crowd, while a cordon of officers in riot gear looked on stonily. As word spread, people in parts of the city took to the streets in celebration. The death of Mr. Gray brought to a boil long-simmering tensions between the police and poor neighborhoods in this majority-black city, culminating in rioting Monday, with more peaceful demonstrations continuing through the week.”
Earlier this week I had written:
The official Baltimore ‘police timeline’ of events as published by Cnn.com below does not compute. How does a young man end up with his spine “80% severed at the neck” from riding in the back of a police van after being arrested? The outrage over the death of Freddie Gray has now spilled over into violent riots of grief and rage all over Baltimore. 235 arrests have been made after the riots and looting of April 27th 2015. I set out this morning to try and locate any sensible published reports which explain how Freddie actually died – an why. I’m still looking for facts, and they seem to be few and far between.
This is what police say occurred:
8:39:12 a.m., Sunday, April 12
At the corner of North Avenue and Mount Street in Baltimore, a police officer makes eye contact with two individuals, one of them Gray. Both individuals start running southbound as officers begin pursuing them.
One unit (officer) says “I got him” at 1700 Presbury Street, two blocks south of North and Mount.
An officer says we’ve got one and confirms the address of 1700 Presbury, where Gray gave up without the use of force, according to Rodriguez. One officer took out his stun gun but did not deploy it, he said.
Gray asks for an inhaler. Police request a “wagon” to transport him.
The van’s driver says he believes Gray is acting “irate” in the back, according to Rodriguez
At the corner of Mount Street and Baker Street, an officer asks the vehicle driver to stop so they can finish paperwork. At that point, Gray is placed in leg irons and put back in the wagon. Police interviewed several witnesses in the community with regard to that specific stop, Rodriguez said. The videos that were filmed by bystanders show events similar to what Rodriguez describes happens at this point.
The wagon clears Mount Street and heads southbound towards central booking.
The van’s driver asks for an additional unit to “check on his prisoner [Gray],” Rodriguez said.
Another individual is arrested and a wagon is requested.
Before the wagon leaves, there is “some communication” with Gray, according to Rodriguez.
They then travel to the police department’s western district with Gray and the other suspect in the wagon. The two are separated by a metal barrier and the two had no physical contact.
A medic is called.
An autopsy on Gray’s body was done on Monday, according to Rodriguez
He said there was no evidence that force was used against Gray, nor did any officers describe using any force against him.
“When Mr. Gray was placed inside that van, he was able to talk, he was upset, and when Mr. gray was taken out of that van he could not talk and he could not breath,” Rodriguez said. “I know Mr. Gray suffered a very traumatic injury, but I don’t know if it happened prior to him getting into the van or while he was in the van.”
“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.” – Washington Post website
” FOX NEWS EXCLUSIVE: AN ANALYSIS of social media traffic in downtown Baltimore during the height of Mondays riots has unearthed striking connections to last summer’s violence in Ferguson, Mo. — suggesting the presence of ‘professional protesters’ or anarchists in both cases. “