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Autopsy shows Freddie Gray died of 'high-energy injury'

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The autopsy of the Baltimore black man who died after being hurt while in police custody shows he suffered a "high-energy injury" like those in shallow-water diving accidents, the Baltimore Sun reported on Tuesday.

The spinal injury to Freddie Gray, whose death in April triggered protests and rioting, was most likely caused when the police van in which he was riding suddenly decelerated, the newspaper said, citing a copy of the autopsy report.

The state medical examiner's office concluded that Gray's death fit the medical and legal definition of an accident. But it ruled the death to be a homicide because officers failed to follow safety procedures "through acts of omission."

Gray, 25, was arrested on April 12 following a foot chase by officers and suffered a severe spinal injury while in police custody.

His death a week later sparked protests over police brutality and looting and rioting that drew national and international attention to the case.

The Baltimore State's Attorney's Office charged the six officers involved in Gray's arrest and death. Officer Caesar Goodson Jr., the driver of the van, is accused of second-degree depraved heart murder.

Three other officers are charged with manslaughter and two officers face lesser charges. The trial is set for October, and the officers have pleaded not guilty.

Though Gray was loaded into the van on his belly, the medical examiner surmised that he may have gotten to his feet and was thrown into the wall during an abrupt change in direction, the Sun said.

He was not belted in, but his wrists and ankles were shackled, making him "at risk for an unsupported fall during acceleration or deceleration of the van," the newspaper said, citing the autopsy report.

The report was completed on April 30, the day before State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced the criminal charges. The autopsy has not been made public.

Mosby's office and the state medical examiner had no immediate response to requests for comment.

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Cops keep killing people. A cop gets busted for it and goes to jail, cops keep killing people. If all 6 of these cops get convicted the result will be cops keep killing people.

As usual there are a number of reasons. There are too many guns on the streets making the police think every stop or arrest is a life or death situation. There are too many police departments whose idea of training their officers is to send them to the shooting range (this has a lot to do with not having the funds to provide real training). Cops dont get paid very well in many areas of the US leading to a high turnover rate and lack of officers with extensive experience.Also the lower the pay the poorer the pool of qualified candidates will be.

Remember there are 800,000 officers in the US. Each one interacts with the public many times per shift so many millions of public interactions every single day. Often with people who are criminals, drug addicts or violent in nature. Yeah, people are gonna get shot. But preferably not in the back.

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He wasn't wearing a seat belt?!

Yes, but some of that is on him (not the seat belt) like wth were you doing standing up in a moving vehicle?

But yeah, the police are to blame for sure:

"Police brutality against prisoners being transported was addressed just six months ago in a plan released by Baltimore officials to reduce this misconduct. Department rules updated nine days before Gray's arrest clearly state that all detainees shall be strapped in by seat belts or "other authorized restraining devices" for their own safety after being arrested."


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