BALTIMORE, MD – Baltimore police say they have finished their investigation into the involvement of Baltimore police in the death of Freddie Gray while he was in the custody of Baltimore police.
Baltimore’s police commissioner Anthony Batts surprised a lot of people when he said his investigators have turned over everything they have to the state’s attorney, a day ahead of schedule. “This does not mean that the investigation is over. If new evidence is found, we will follow it. If new direction is given by the state’s attorney, we will obey it, and we will follow through with the investigation.”
Another surprise: New information about Freddie Gray’s last road trip, one that had an extra stop on the way to the hospital.
"The second stop has been revealed to us throughout the course of our investigation and was previously unknown to us,” said the city’s deputy commissioner Kevin Davis. “We discovered this new stop based on our thorough and comprehensive and ongoing review of all CCTV cameras and privately owned cameras. And, in fact, this new stop was discovered from a privately owned camera."
The day started with another surprise: A story in the Washington Post about another prisoner in the paddy wagon with Gray who told police investigators he thought Gray was trying to hurt himself.
Although the man couldn’t see Gray because of a metal barrier, investigators say he told them he could hear Gray banging against the walls.
Mary Koch, an attorney for Gray’s family, says they ain’t buying that story. "I have no information that our client, or Freddie Gray, had any kind of spinal injury. I have no information on that regard. And I haven't seen anything in that regard."
The people of Baltimore will have to wait a little longer for answers to what happened. "People are in pain, and people want answers and the family wants justice,” noted Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
“It's not helpful to the Freddie Gray family. It's not helpful to our community who wants to seek justice to engage in speculation that doesn't get us closer to answers. Our community wants answers to what happened to Freddie Gray. And that's important that we protect that process so we're able to get there."
Local and state authorities are waiting to see what tonight brings; however, they are not the only ones planning for uneasy streets.
Last night, a handful of protesters turned up in Houston trying to drum up support from passing motorists. But other cities saw larger demonstrations, from Seattle to Washington, DC.
New York City’s several hundred protesters were relatively peaceful. Even so, cops arrested at least 143 of them.
Meantime, Baltimore’s police hope the tentative truce arranged by community leaders will hold for another night, and maybe more nights to come.