Freddie Gray Records Supposedly Show Baltimore Police Did Not Kill Him

Freddie Gray

Recently released news has shown that medical records supposedly prove that Freddie Gray was not killed by Baltimore police, as records show that he did have his spinal injuries before police arrested him. The Department of Justice investigation into the matter is said to have brought the evidence to light, though nothing has been released to public. After mass protests sparked in Baltimore, adding onto the already aggravated nature of African-Americans and American citizens in general toward police, the Department of Justice was quick to respond. Though it was stated that the DOJ investigation report would not be immediately disclosed to the public. But if there was nothing to hide, why would the DOJ not be releasing the report?

Of course, all of this is speculation, but recent posts on social media networks reflect the theories that Gray had been involved in a car accident, which had injured his spine. Though the video shot by a bystander, when he was arrested, show that Freddie was dragged by Baltimore police to the van and could not breathe, but did not receive his inhaler, and also the fact that the police van stopped twice during its trip, Baltimore citizens are not convinced that Gray’s death had nothing to do with the police. Especially as Baltimore police supposedly had no real evidence to arrest him.

The story, however, says that Gray was involved in a car accident which led to his spinal injuries and that he had had several unsuccessful spinal fusion surgeries. Supposedly Allstate insurance was paying him structured settlement payments. Social media networks also claim that he had just had a spinal surgery a week and a half before he was arrested. Whether the story is true or not is unknown at this time.

If Gray did, in fact, have the injuries it would prove that Baltimore police did not kill him and had nothing to do with Gray’s death after all. As the family did not even mention such a medical history when Freddie died, automatically jumping to the conclusion that police had crushed his spine, it may be unlikely that Gray had several spinal fusion surgeries before his arrest. However, everyone loves a dramatic story, especially in the day and age when people, especially African-Americans, have something to be angry at police for. With several deaths of African-Americans at the hands of police over the last several months, Gray’s death was another reason to protest.

As police should supposedly not have had Gray in the first place, his untimely death while in handcuffs in the back of a police van, does look awfully suspicious. Many believe that the statements recently made that Gray had spinal injuries before his arrest is also suspicious. Stating that it could be a ploy to calm riots, the new information may not actually hold up anyway. However, calming riots is supposedly what the newly enforced curfew is meant to do.

Whether Freddie Gray’s records truly show that Baltimore police did not kill him is a matter that the Department of Justice is supposedly, currently hiding. However, it seems apparent that if the story is true, the DOJ would be quick to tell the public and put an end to the mass rioting going on in Baltimore, which has injured police. All of the speculation on social media only brings about one question: is the story true or not?

Opinion by Crystal Boulware

Sources:

The Conservative Tree House

Photo By: Vision Planet Media – Creativecommons Flickr License

 

6 Responses to "Freddie Gray Records Supposedly Show Baltimore Police Did Not Kill Him"

  1. Crystal Boulware   April 29, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    Thanks for your comment Colin. It is good to know that this is not really how the DOJ plans to excuse Baltimore Police from the death of Freddie Gray. I had a feeling their “evidence” that Gray died from previous injuries in a car crash was not factual.

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  2. Crystal Boulware   April 29, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    Charles, This is NOT my version and in no way am I saying that this is what happened to Freddie Gray. If you read the title it says “records supposedly show.” This is the information that was presented about Gray. You need to read more carefully. “…if there was nothing to hide, why would the DOJ not be releasing the report?” suggests they are hiding something. “…the video shot by a bystander, when he was arrested, show that Freddie was dragged by Baltimore police to the van and could not breathe, but did not receive his inhaler, and also the fact that the police van stopped twice during its trip, Baltimore citizens are not convinced that Gray’s death had nothing to do with the police,” is the evidence from the video and what citizens think. “If Gray did, in fact, have the injuries it would prove that Baltimore police did not kill him and had nothing to do with Gray’s death after all. As the family did not even mention such a medical history when Freddie died, automatically jumping to the conclusion that police had crushed his spine, it may be unlikely that Gray had several spinal fusion surgeries before his arrest,” states that the presented evidence is probably unlikely. And opinion suggests that this is not factual evidence. No one can get their facts straight. The medical records have not been released to the public. That is why I wrote this article – to make people aware of what could possibly be said about the reason why Freddie Gray died. The DOJ may not actually state that this is what happened but it is possible as social media comments already show that this is what is being kept secret from the public. At the same time his injuries could in fact have been caused by police. No one knows and no one is saying. As I stated, this is all speculation, at this point.

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  3. Colin   April 29, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    Snopes has already debunked this:

    http://www.snopes.com/politics/crime/freddiegraysuit.asp

    It’s just another attempt to smear a black victim of police brutality.

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  4. charles   April 29, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    gray was standing when placed in van. He died a week later, could have been another inmate and the he ran and eluded for 45 minutes. Get your facts straight before presenting your version

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  5. kyle stone   April 29, 2015 at 9:41 am

    Like when these sites released pics of Wilson in a hospital bed with a battered face? (Turned out to be a motorcycle rider who died years before Wilson killed Brown.)

    Like when these sites released x-rays that were supposed to show Wilson with a fractured face? (Turned out to be photoshopped x-rays from a university hundreds of miles from Ferguson.)

    They also claimed:

    “Freddy should have been at home in bed resting and recovering from recent major operation instead of manufacturing and distributing drugs on the streets and resisting arrest.”

    Even the cops state he did not resist arrest! The cops also admit Gray was put in the back of the van and purposefully seated without a seatbelt because it was a common comic relief for cops to slam the brakes sending their victims flying in the back of the van.

    We can see in the video Gray was able to move fine until after the cops abused him and when they stood him up his legs were dragging as they threw him into the back of the van.

    The sad part? Just like the false claims about Wilson’s fractured face racists will continue to be dishonest because they have no integrity.

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  6. kilroy   April 29, 2015 at 5:48 am

    you mean like the Michael brown case where the DOJ knew in October that the evidence proved officer wilsons version of events and that browns hands WERE NOT UP and that he was coming at Wilson in an attacking manner YET they didn’t release the info until AFTER the riots and destruction in his name.. so basically with the Brown/Wilson example I PERSONALLY CAN SEE the DOJ with holding this information as their track record proves

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