WaPo: Prisoner in van said Freddie Gray was ‘trying to injure himself’

Well this would seem to be a game changer in the unfortunate Freddie Gray saga that has engrossed the whole country.

The Washington Post reported Wednesday night:

A prisoner sharing a police transport van with Freddie Gray told investigators that he could hear Gray “banging against the walls” of the vehicle and believed that he “was intentionally trying to injure himself,” according to a police document obtained by The Washington Post.

The prisoner, who is currently in jail, was separated from Gray by a metal partition and could not see him. His statement is contained in an application for a search warrant, which is sealed by the court. The Post was given the document under the condition that the prisoner not be named because the person who provided it feared for the inmate’s safety.

The document, written by a Baltimore police investigator, offers the first glimpse of what might have happened inside the van. It is not clear whether any additional evidence backs up the prisoner’s version, which is just one piece of a much larger probe.

Fox News’ Rick Leventhal on Twitter said he also heard that Freddie Gray threw himself into walls of van:

As some have pointed out – prisoners do have a vested interest in being helpful to the police – so the prisoner’s story should be taken with a grain of salt. Perhaps forensics will be able to corroborate this testimony.


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