There’s a new report from The Washington Post which states Freddie Gray intentionally tried to injure himself inside that Baltimore police van.
The Post states the story is being told by the other person in the back of the van with Gray.
According to The Post the other person could not see Gray because of a metal partition, but says he believes Gray was yelling and screaming and cutting up on purpose.
And now to my very own reporting:
Last night on my show, “CNN Tonight” a woman who is a close relative of one of the officers involved in the arrest told me the officer believes Gray had to be injured before being placed in the police van.
And once he was in the van he was not seat belted which is not in compliance with the rules.
Lemon- “He was never seat belted?”
Woman- “No, it’s an unwritten unspoken rule that when someone is irate you don’t reach over someone that is irate because they still have a mouth. They don’t have a muzzle, they can bite you and they can spit in your face and you have to get in close proximity to someone to seatbelt them.”
The relative says the officer did not give Gray a rough ride, as has been reported, because the other person in the van would have been injured too.
And the other person in the van is telling The Post there was no rough ride.
She says people are jumping to conclusions about what happened including residents, protestors and Baltimore city leaders.
And as far as charges of racism, she says at least three of the officers involved in the police stop were black officers.
Lemon- “Is the department racist? Do you think this was racist?”
Woman- “That’s a fair question. Are there some bad apples? But you can have racism and be black.
Lemon- “What are you worried about?”
Woman- “Six officers did not injure this man. Six officers did not put him in the hospital. I’m worried that instead of them figuring out who did, I’m worried that six officers are going to be punished behind something that maybe one or two or even three officers may have done to Freddie Gray. No one knows what happened to Freddie Gray except Freddie Gray and the person that injured him.”
The preliminary report is due on Friday.
But as of now, from a cop on the scene or from a witness in the van, the new narrative emerging appears to be that Freddie Gray caused his own injuries and thus his death.
How is that even possible?