In Another “Black Man Running” Death, Baltimore Mayor Seeks Answers


A 25-year-old Baltimore man died yesterday, a week after reportedly suffering a partially severed spine during an arrest. The mayor vowed “to find out exactly what happened” and “hold the right people accountable,” the Los Angeles Times reports. Baltimore police had started an investigation last week into the April 12 arrest of Freddie Gray. A police timeline said Gray was conscious and talking when officers put him into a police van after his arrest, which they said came when he ran from four bicycle officers. Less than an hour later, police summoned paramedics to take him to a hospital.

Police haven’t said what crime Gray was suspected of or how he was injured. A witness video of the end of the arrest, obtained by the Baltimore Sun, showed officers carrying him toward a police van as his legs dragged on the ground. In another witness video, he could be heard screaming. “Billy” Murphy, an attorney for Gray’s family, called the injuries “catastrophic.” “What we know is that while in police custody for committing no crime — for which they had no justification for making the arrest except he was a black man running — his spine was virtually severed,” Murphy said. More than 100 protesters have gathered for two days outside a Baltimore police station to demand answers about what happened to Gray.

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