Freddie Gray’s autopsy report was obtained by the Baltimore Sun yesterday (June 23). According to the details, Gray suffered a “high-energy injury,” to the neck and spine, likely brought on by riding in the police van, which abruptly changed directions several times.
Gray was not belted in, which is against police. The coroner concluded his death to be a homicide after examining the vehicle and speaking with witnesses. An autopsy was completed on April 30, but has not been made public as of yet.
Reports the Baltimore Sun:
The state medical examiner’s office concluded that Gray’s death could not be ruled an accident, and was instead a homicide, because officers failed to follow safety procedures “through acts of omission.”
Though Gray was loaded into the van on his belly, the medical examiner surmised that he may have gotten to his feet and was thrown into the wall during an abrupt change in direction. He was not belted in, but his wrists and ankles were shackled, putting him “at risk for an unsupported fall during acceleration or deceleration of the van.”
The medical examiner compared Gray’s injury to those seen in shallow-water diving incidents.
“Reportedly, Mr. Gray was still yelling and shaking the van,” wrote the medical examiner. “He was removed from the van and placed on the ground in a kneeling position, facing the van doors, while ankle cuffs were placed, and then slid onto the floor of the van, belly down and head first, reportedly still verbally and physically active.”
According to the report, after the vehicle made five separate stops, Gray was found kneeling and slumped over the in the van. His hands and feet were shackled, and he also appeared “lethargic with minimal response to direct questions.” There’s a possibly that he could’ve suffered a seizure as well. Opiates and marijuana were reportedly found in his system.
Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby brought charges against six officers involved in Gray’s arrest. “I strongly condemn anyone with access to trial evidence who has leaked information prior to the resolution of this case,” she said following the autopsy leak.
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