According to a document obtained by The Washington Post, a prisoner who shared a police van with Freddie Gray told investigators that he believes Gray “was intentionally trying to injure himself.”
The unidentified individual is currently in jail, but reportedly said Gray was “banging against the walls” of the transport van throughout the ride. The prisoner was separated from Gray by a metal bar and could not see him, the Washington Post reported.
Gray’s mysterious death in police custody ignited riots in Baltimore following his funeral on Monday and have prompted protests throughout the country, with the National Guard having to be called it to restore order.
On Wednesday an acquaintance of one of the officers involved in the incident told CNN that Gray was “shackled [while in the van] because he was irate” and “angry.”
The Gray family attorney told The Washington Post that they reject the implication Gray fatally injured himself.
“We disagree with any implication that Freddie Gray severed his own spinal cord,” attorney Jason Downs said. “We question the accuracy of the police reports we’ve seen thus far, including the police report that says Mr. Gray was arrested without force or incident.”
H/T: The Washington Post