Baltimore police submit initial report on Freddy Gray’s death

Baltimore police submitted initial investigation report on Freddie Gray’s death as curfew continues in city

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Baltimore city prosecutor received initial police investigation report for the death of a black man, Freddie Gray (25), who suffered spinal injuries in police custody, which caused major protest in the city.

Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby will use police report as part of her investigation together with medical examiner's report, which is yet to be submitted, and witness accounts other evidence.

“While we have and will continue to leverage the information received by the department, we are not relying solely on their findings but rather the facts that we have gathered and verified,” Mosby said in a statement.

The police did not disclose much information from the report but said the van carrying Gray after the arrest made a second stop on the way to police station, a piece of information that was previously undisclosed.

Deputy police commissioner Kevin Davis said the information was unearthed with a video from “a privately owned camera.”

Baltimore is under curfew for third day in a row now, after protests over the death of Gray turned violent on Monday night, as people looted stores, destroyed public property and clashed with the police.

Public officials continued to call people to stay calm and hold their protests peacefully on Thursday.

"The family of Mr Gray wants answers. I want answers. Our entire city deserves answers into Mr Gray's death," Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said. "I ask that everyone remain patient and vigilant on this path to justice."

"We ask for the public to remain patient and peaceful and to trust the process of the justice system," Mosby said.

Six police officers involved in the case were suspended earlier but people continued to request answers as to how the injury occurred and who was responsible for it.

The recent protests are part of the latest wave of public reaction to the use of lethal police force against black people in Cleveland; Ferguson, Missouri; New York and elsewhere in the past year.

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