Tuesday, January 19, 2016

CNN airs "Who Killed Freddie Gray?"

Tonight, CNN aired the one hour documentary film “Who Killed Freddie Gray?” about the death of an African-American man in police custody on Sunday morning, April 12, 2015.  As a result, a tremendous uproar would occur, including riots and looting, and a week-long curfew in the city, which seriously affected night business in all sections of the City.

The best link for the documentary is the op-ed page by Todd Oppenheim, “Freddie Gray case Is Band-Aid for Baltimore’s Problem

The documentary did disclose Freddie’s long rap sheet for small offenses, but it also said that Gray had gotten lead poisoning (which would cause learning difficulties) from growing up in Sandtown  and never finished 10th Grade.  A friend said, “He did what he had to do.”

A police van stopped several times after chaining Gray in the back of the van, without a seat belt.  When one of the defendants opened the van and asked him if he needed medical attention. Gray said that he did. But medical attention was never given. He would essentially die of a broken neck somehow incurred by a fall in the back of the van.

Gray was apparently taken in for running from police.  But the police report is disingenuous on police knew he had a knife (that is, had probable cause).

Two major reporters from the Baltimore Sun contributed to the report.

Six police officers are charged, with the most serious being "depraved Second Degree murder".  One case has resulted in a hung jury and will be retried.  Given the volatile situation, fair trials would look impossible.
I visited the Sandtown area on April 29 during the afternoon. I walked to it from Penn Station along North Ave (US 1).  It is about one mile from Penn Station and the Charles Street area. One reporter from American University in Washington was caught for a while in a dangerous situation near the riots on April 30.

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