In the first episode of the HBO drama “The Wire,” Baltimore’s Western Police District is introduced as a place where officers “collect bodies, split heads … the Western District way.” On April 12, 2015, in the real Western District of Baltimore, Freddie Gray was detained by police. Before long, his neck and larynx were broken, and he died in a coma seven days later. Here is what we know about the Freddie Gray case, based on accounts from the Baltimore Police Department and locals who filmed the encounter: On the morning of his arrest, Gray was approached by bicycle police and began to run. Officers pursued and caught him. Within 11 minutes of his detention, officers were seen dragging a wailing Gray, whose legs appeared to be injured, into a police transport van. When Gray left the van, he could not speak, he could not breathe, and he was taken to a trauma clinic. He was in a coma within an hour and dead within a week. Here is what we don’t know about the Freddie Gray case: everything else. Where is the evidence that Gray did anything wrong in the first place? Why did the police chase him down… Read full this story
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