The death of Freddie Gray not only has the city of Baltimore enraged, but the world is furious as well. Police have admitted that there were some mistakes made on their part in the 25-year-old’s arrest, according to Think Progress.
Gray died of a severed spinal cord April 19, a week after police chased him on foot, arrested him, and placed him in the back of a police van.
During a press conference on Friday, Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts says that Gray should’ve received medical treatment after he was arrested. Video of Gray’s arrest went viral, showing him screaming in pain as officers placed him under arrest. Several witnesses nearby say that police “folded his body like origami,” Think Progress writes.
“[Batts] also said Gray was unbuckled in the transport wagon, which could mean officers took him for a “rough ride,” when police deliberately drive erratically to injure unbuckled and handcuffed passengers.
“We know he was not buckled in the transportation wagon as he should have been. No excuses for that, period,” Batts said. “We know our police employees failed to get him medical attention in a timely manner multiple times.”
An investigation lead by the Baltimore Sun shows a system of abuses in the Baltimore police department.
The report described frequent, sometimes fatal beatings by officers who almost always went unpunished. Meanwhile, the city of Baltimore paid out $5.7 million from 2011 to 2014 to settle lawsuits over police misconduct.
An investigation into the death of Gray’s death is underway, and the six officers involved in his arrest have been suspended pending the investigation.