A report surfaced from Baltimore this week that a man locked inside a police transport van with Freddie Gray claiming that he witnessed the 25-year-old intentionally injuring himself. That same man who was named as the witness came forward and discredited the claims made in the police leak.
Donta Allen, the other passenger in the van, first spoke with local CBS affiliate WJZ Thursday (April 30) afternoon in a bid take the heat off his name regarding the explosive Gray case. The Washington Post issued a report that contained police documents naming Allen and crediting him with a statement where he claimed Gray was attempting to hurt himself while he was restrained.
Allen passionately explained himself with clarity on the corner of North and Pennsylvania Avenue.
“I’m Donta Allen. I am the one that was in the van with Freddie Gray,” Allen said. “All they did was go straight to the station, but I heard a little banging, like, he was banging his head.”
“They trying to make it seem like I told them that, I made it like Freddie Gray did that to his self,” Allen said. “Why the f-ck would he do that to his self?”
Allen was arrested for stealing a cigarette from a North Avenue store and says he decided to go public because he feared retaliation and wanted to clear his name.
Watch WJZ’s report below.