Au­topsy finds ‘high-energy in­jury’ in Gray’s death: re­port

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

A med­i­cal ex­am­iner found that a young black man suf­fered a “high­en­ergy in­jury,” most likely caused when the Bal­ti­more po­lice van he was rid­ing in sud­denly slowed down, ac­cord­ing to an au­topsy re­port ob­tained by The Bal­ti­more Sun news­pa­per.

The re­port says Fred­die Gray’s death could not be ruled an ac­ci­dent and is in­stead a homi­cide be­cause of­fi­cers didn’t fol­low safety pro­ce­dures “through acts of omis­sion.”

Po­lice ar­rested Gray, 25, on April 12 and he died a week later, prompt­ing protests and ri­ot­ing. A grand jury in­dicted six of­fi­cers on var­i­ous charges; one of­fi­cer faces the most se­ri­ous charge of sec­ond-de­gree “de­praved-heart” mur­der. They have pleaded not guilty.

The Sun re­ported Tues­day that the au­topsy found the in­jury, sim­i­lar to those suf­fered in shal­low-wa­ter div­ing, was most likely caused when the van sud­denly de­cel­er­ated. The re­port says Gray’s death could not be ruled an ac­ci­dent and is in­stead a homi­cide be­cause of­fi­cers didn’t fol­low safety pro­ce­dures “through acts of omis­sion.”

A spokesman for the Mary­land med­i­cal ex­am­iner and for the pros­e­cu­tor’s of­fice de­clined Tues­day to re­lease the re­port, but State’s At­tor­ney Mar­i­lyn Mosby con­demned the leak in a state­ment.

“I want to make it very clear that the state’s at­tor­ney’s of­fice did not re­lease the Fred­die Gray au­topsy re­port. As I have re­peat­edly stated, I strongly con­demn any­one with ac­cess to trial ev­i­dence who has leaked in­for­ma­tion prior to the res­o­lu­tion of this case,” she said.

At­tor­neys for the of­fi­cers re­leased a joint state­ment say­ing they had not yet re­ceived the re­port, although Mosby is ex­pected to turn it over to the de­fense by Fri­day. The de­fense at­tor­neys said they be­lieved only the pros­e­cu­tor and the med­i­cal ex­am­iner’s of­fice had copies.

The news­pa­per re­ported it ob­tained a copy of the au­topsy and sources who ver­i­fied it for the Sun re­quested anonymity be­cause of the high-pro­file na­ture of the case.

Although of­fi­cers loaded Gray into the van on his ab­domen, the med­i­cal ex­am­iner sur­mised Gray may have got­ten to his feet, then been thrown into a wall when the van abruptly changed di­rec­tion. Be­cause Gray wasn’t belted in and had his wrists and an­kles shack­led, he was “at risk for an un­sup­ported fall dur­ing ac­cel­er­a­tion or de­cel­er­a­tion of the van.”

Po­lice and an at­tor­ney for the Gray fam­ily have said pre­vi­ously that Gray suf­fered a se­vere spine in­jury.

AP

In this April 27, file photo, Glo­ria Darden, mother of Fred­die Gray, is com­forted as she em­braces his body be­fore his fu­neral at New Shiloh Bap­tist Church in Bal­ti­more.

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