Baltimore, MD — In an eye-opening report conducted by the Baltimore Sun, several more details about Freddie Gray’s death have come forward.
During the Baltimore Police department’s investigation in April, sixteen videos from city surveillance cameras, which contained footage of Freddie Gray’s arrest were uploaded to the BPD YouTube Channel. One of those videos was removed, and police have not said why.
The video was from city surveillance camera #2108, mounted on top of Gilmor House.
In the Sun’s report, some of the footage from this camera can be seen. It shows a man filming the police after they stopped on the way to bring Freddie Gray to jail.
It was at this moment that Gray was pulled out of the van, placed in shackles, and thrown back into the van face first.
A neighbor who was like a second mother to Gray, witnessed the four officers standing over him and place the young man in shackles for apparently no reason.
“I thought his leg was just broke and that he was just going to the police station and we would hear him that afternoon,” Michelle Gross said in an interview with the Sun.
According to Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, this was a key element to the case.
“Following transport from Baker Street, Mr. Gray suffered a severe and critical neck injury as a result of being handcuffed, shackled by his feet and unrestrained inside of the [Baltimore Police Department] wagon,” the charging documents read.
While police claim that Gray was acting “irate,”and they had to put him in shackles, it seems clear in the video that Gray was not posing a threat, nor resisting in any capacity.
The video shot by Gross’ neighbor is distorted, and shows just a few seconds at the back of the van. As officers restrain Gray, the video shows another officer pull up in a patrol car, get out and walk toward the van. (The neighbor did not allow his name to be published because he feared retaliation by police, but Gross allowed The Sun to copy the video from her phone.)
At this point on the cell phone video, Gross yells to Gray, “You all right?” No response is detectable from the recording and Gross said she didn’t hear Gray respond. Her neighbor yells, “Porter, can we get a supervisor up here please?” He said he was yelling at officer William Porter, who would be one of the six charged in the case.
The neighbor said Porter motioned to Rice, identifying him as the supervisor. On the video, the neighbor says, “Can we get someone else out here? This is not cool. This is not cool. Do you hear me?” The man’s shouts are heard on the phone, but not the officers’ responses.
According to the man who took the video, he was threatened by Lieutenant Brian Rice as he filmed. Rice is the officer who arrested Freddie Gray after he made eye contact with him.
While the officers didn’t tell him to stop filming, Rice allegedly brandished his taser and threatened to tase him if he did not leave.
Apparently this officer, with a history of violence, was trying to hide something.
This report from the Baltimore Sun exposes two ominous details to the events surrounding Gray’s death. It also raises serious doubt as to the validity of any information coming from the Baltimore Police Department.