Baltimore on edge after arrestee's fatal spine injury

Apr 20, 2015 7:32 PM by News Staff

BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore's top police officials, mayor and prosecutor are trying to calm a "community on edge" tonight, as investigators try to determine how 25-year-old Freddy Gray suffered a fatal spine injury while under arrest one week ago.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said she too is "angry that we are here again" after trying to overcome decades of distrust between police and citizens in Baltimore's inner city.

The Gray family's lawyer, Billy Murphy, had said that Gray's "spine was 80 percent severed at his neck." But authorities don't have any videos or other evidence explaining what happened on the way to the local police station. Six police officers have been suspended.

Deputy Police Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez says that autopsy results returned today show that Gray "did suffer a significant spinal injury that led to his death."

Rodriguez said Gray was upset when he was put into the van, but he could talk. Rodriguez says when Gray was taken out of the van, he could neither talk nor breathe.

Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said he is ordering that police review and rewrite "effective immediately" all policies on moving prisoners and providing them with medical attention.

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