Some of you probably recall how a few months ago supporters of the #BlackLivesMatter movement rioted, looted, and burned down large sections of Baltimore over the death of Mr. Freddie Gray at the hands of racist cops:
“Freddie Gray suffered a single “high-energy injury” — like those seen in shallow-water diving incidents — most likely caused when the police van in which he was riding suddenly decelerated, according to a copy of the autopsy report obtained by The Baltimore Sun.
The state medical examiner’s office concluded that Gray’s death could not be ruled an accident, and was instead a homicide, because officers failed to follow safety procedures “through acts of omission.”
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. 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 24/7 cable news media irresponsibly fanned the flames of Negro Revolt. We were told that a great injustice had occurred and that Gray’s death was an important story about “race in America.” State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, who had personally asked Baltimore police officers to focus drug enforcement efforts on the corner where Gray was arrested, threw red meat to the howling mob and charged all six officers with serious crimes ranging from second degree murder to manslaughter.
Freddie Gray, a petty drug dealer with a long criminal record, was on drugs:
“Gray tested positive for opiates and cannabinoid when he was admitted to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, according to the autopsy. The report makes no further reference to the drugs found in his system.”
Gray wasn’t injured during his initial arrest:
“While bystanders captured his arrest on video showing Gray moaning for help, the autopsy concluded that Gray suffered no injuries to suggest a neck hold or stemming from physical restraint. Assistant medical examiner Carol H. Allan noted that Gray could be seen bearing weight on his legs and speaking as he was loaded into the van.”
The police van that was carrying Freddie Gray stopped because he was acting erratically and needed to be restrained:
“Reportedly, Mr. Gray was still yelling and shaking the van,” the medical examiner wrote. “He was removed from the van and placed on the ground in a kneeling position, facing the van doors, while ankle cuffs were placed, and then slid onto the floor of the van, belly down and head first, reportedly still verbally and physically active.”
Somehow, Freddie Gray managed to rise to his feet in the back of the van after the second stop. When the police van suddenly decelerated in order to make turns, Gray appears to have tumbled and injured himself:
“The medical examiner concluded that Gray’s most significant injury was to the lower left part of his head. Given the descriptions of his demeanor and positioning in the van, it most likely occurred after the second and before fourth stops made by the van driver, and possibly before the third stop, according to the autopsy. …
Allan surmised that Gray could have gotten to his feet using the bench and opposite wall. With his hands and ankles restrained, and unable to see out of the van and anticipate turns, she said he was at a high risk for an unsupported fall.”
Officer Caesar Goodson Jr., who was driving the van that carried Freddie Gray to a police station, is black. He was charged with “second-degree depraved heart murder,” which means indifference to human life. What happened to Freddie Gray in Baltimore was an accident. It had nothing to do with “race in America.”