Baltimore law enforcement officials have said in official court documents that Freddie Gray was apprehended, “without force or incident,” because of carrying a switchblade knife and succumb to a dire spinal cord emergency during transportation to the hospital. The documents are now the first account of the man’s arrest. Gray was injured during his arrest, which led to his spinal cord being 80 percent severed. He died one week after.
Gray’s arrest had sparked outrage. Community leaders are calling for further investigation of the incident.
According to the court documents, officer Garrett Miller stated Gray was stopped on the street because he, “fled unprovoked upon noticing police presence.” When 25-year-old Gray was finally stopped, they found a knife in his pocket.
Miller wrote that the the man was arrested without force. Moreover, he stated while he was being transported to the Western District by ambulance, Gray suffered a major injury and was then taken to the trauma center.
Baltimore police have stated a video of the arrest, which only shows a small portion of the incident, does not show a use of extreme force by the officer. The cause of his injuries still remains unclear.
A lawyer hired by the surviving family of Gray stated his spinal cord was severed right below the neck line. He died on Sunday morning. The officers involved in the arrest have been put on administrative leave as of now.
By Alex Lemieux
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