Politics

Baltimore Mayor Announces Changes After Freddie Gray's Autopsy Rules His Death A Homicide

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

Freddie Gray’s death in April sparked waves of protest and unrest throughout the nation, but the epicenter was Baltimore, Maryland, where Gray died in the back of a police van from a spinal cord injury.

Last week, an autopsy concluded that his death was a homicide and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said there would be changes in police vans.

“We’re working through a process that will place cameras with recording capabilities in the backs of all our police vans, to ensure that we have a more complete record of what occurs there,” she said at press conference, ThinkProgress reported.

The van Gray was in had a non-recording camera used for surveillance, but it wasn’t working at the time, Reuters reported.

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Implementing cameras isn’t the only change coming to Baltimore’s police force — Rawlings-Blake also announced the city would review its riot gear, some of which failed during the unrest following Gray’s death. She explained that Baltimore’s police force needs to be prepared in case of unrest after the trials of the six officers charged with Gray’s death.

In addition to the changes in riot gear and new cameras, Rawlings-Blake said in February that every Baltimore police officer will have a body camera by the end of 2015.

Sources: ThinkProgress, Reuters

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