Man died of spinal injury after being arrested by Baltimore police

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Why Did Freddie Gray Die?

The 25-year-old died a week after being arrested by Baltimore police

by D. Smith, April 21, 2015

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Man died of spinal injury after being arrested by Baltimore police

Man died of spinal injury after being arrested by Baltimore police

Freddie Gray died Sunday morning at Shock Trauma as his death came a week after his arrest by Baltimore City Police. Mid-week, investigators released a timeline report of the incident. Investigators say they first encountered Gray at 8:39 a.m. on April 12, at the corner of North and Mount streets, but he fled. A minute later, they caught up with him and took him into custody in the 1700 block of Presbury. Two minutes later, officers called for a prisoner transport van. At 8:54 a.m., Gray was put in additional restraints inside the van. Police say video surveillance showed he was conscious and talking, however cell phone videos showed Gray screaming as police dragged him into a van. Thirty minutes later, an ambulance was called to the Western District police station to take him to the hospital. It is unclear how Gray was injured. Friends and family members are questioning what transpired for Gray to need medical attention at the police station. Police leaders are vowing a thorough investigation. All four officers involved in the arrest are now on administrative duties pending the results of the investigation. “There’s a lot of questions. This is very serious, and we need to get to the bottom of this,” said Deputy Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez, Baltimore City Police Department. The Baltimore Sun published a statement by Gray’s family lawyer William “Billy” Murphy, Jr., stating Gray “clung to life for seven days…. He lapsed into a coma, died, was resuscitated, stayed in a coma and on Monday, underwent extensive surgery at Shock Trauma to save his life.

Last Wednesday, Houston police shot and killed 41-year-old Frank “Trey” Shephard after a high-speed car chase. The chase began as a routine traffic stop around 10:40 a.m. when police pulled Trey Shephard over for making “unsafe lane changes,” the sheriff’s office said. Shephard sped away, according to police leading them on a chase for more than 15 miles on Houston’s US-59 highway, which was televised live, by local new stations in Houston, Texas.  Minutes later, the chase ended when Shephard exited the vehicle surrounded by officers who ordered him to show his hands multiple times. Instead, Shephard went back into his car. According to police, the officers thought he was reaching for a weapon, so they opened fire. Officers shot 10-12 rounds. Shephard called 911 during the chase and told them that there was a child in the car and he would harm the child if police continue to chase him. No child or weapon was found in the vehicle. As reported by The Washington Post, moments before the car chase ended, Shephard also called his mother, and told her “Bye, I love you.”



 A twenty-two-year-old man was shot and killed after a police-involved shooting in Miami-Dade County. According to police, three officers who were on routine bicycle patrol when they were dispatched to the area in response to a call of shots fired. When the officers arrived, they got into a confrontation with Tevin Barkley, on April 15 who was shot and killed. Police said they recovered a firearm, a Cobray M-11, which they describe as an assault weapon. One witness, Caroline Pinson, spoke to NBC 6 South Florida and said, “All of a sudden you hear them say ‘put your hands up in the air’ and you hear all this shooting, bap, bap, bap, that's crazy.” Pinson said she saw the suspect firing the gun in the air and saw him running when officers arrived. “If they are shooting at a subject, they need to take that threat down and the only way to take that threat down is to shoot in a place where unfortunately, to kill,” said Blanca Torrents, with the Miami-Dade PBA. None of the officers were injured. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting. According to NBC South Florida, the officer that fired his weapon will take a few days off and then return to patrol.

On that same day, Chicago’s City Council voted 47-0 to pre-empt a federal lawsuit by paying a $5 million settlement to the family of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, shot and killed by a Chicago police officer on October 20, 2014. However, this settlement comes with the agreement that the dashboard camera footage will not be shown to the public. Legal counsel for the city Stephen Patton stated that the dashboard camera recording of the shooting was critical to the decision.  According to RT, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said that the CPD and the FBI are withholding the video because it was “central to their investigation” of the shooting.  Yet, in statement city officials stated that the “this video will be released at the appropriate time when their investigation is complete.” In a police report, officers said that McDonald, was armed with a knife and threatened the officers as they tried to arrest him for attempting to break into cars and allegedly lunged at them with a knife. The officers called for backup, and one of the officers that answered the call ended up firing sixteen shots at McDonald.

An Upper Malboro man died in police custody early on Friday morning. Hagerstown police said that Police said the first call reporting a disturbance, with screaming in the background, came into the 911 center around 10:30 p.m. Thursday. A second caller reported that a man broke into her house, police said. When police arrived they described Darrell Lawrence Brown, 31, as having “an aggressive stance” and “highly agitated.” Two more officers and a supervisor arrived a short time later. Then officers shocked him with a stun gun outside he allegedly had broken into a home. Police said he was uncooperative and he was placed in handcuffs. Hagerstown police have asked the Washington County Sheriff's Office to investigate the incident.

 





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