The prisoner who shared the van with Freddie Gray claims he never told police Gray was trying to injure himself.
In an interview with WJZ’s Mike Schuh, Donta Allen breaks his silence and shows the anger he is feeling towards the report published in The Washington Post about his supposed statement to police.
“I am Donta Allen. I am the one who was in the van with Freddie Gray,” Allen said in the interview, embedded below. “When I was in the back of that van it did not stop or nothing. All it did was go straight to the station, but I heard a little banging, like he was banging his head … I didn’t even know he was in the van until we got to the station.”
The Washington Post reported that Allen told investigators he could hear Gray "banging against the walls” and that he believed he “was intentionally trying to injure himself,” according to a police report.
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Allen and Gray could not see one another as they were separated by a metal divider.
The police report has made Allen very angry.
“And they trying to make it seem like I told them that, I made it like Freddie Gray did that to hisself (sic),” Allen said. “Why the [expletive] would he do that to hisself (sic)?”
Allen was arrested for stealing cigarettes from a store and was brought straight to the station in the same van as Gray. He was never charged but he did speak with homicide detectives.
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“I talked to homicide. I told homicide the same story.” Allen said.
Allen now fears he may be killed for the incorrect reporting of what he told police.
“I had two options today right, either come and talk to y’all and get my credibility straight with ya’ll and not get killed by these [expletive] or not tell a true story,” Allen said. “The only reason I’m doing this is because they put my name in a bad state.”
Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison from Minnesota never believed Allen’s statement included in the police report, reports CNN. He said he believed Allen was intimidated by investigators and “just trying to survive.”
"If you are charged with a crime in custody and the officers come to you and say, 'Hey somebody's saying that we beat up Freddie. Did you see anything like that?' 'Oh no sir,'" Ellison said. "Come on, it's pretty transparent."
The investigation as to how Gray suffered a spinal cord injury and a crushed voice box while in police custody is ongoing. Autopsy results are expected to be released in the coming days.
Gray's death has been ruled a homicide and six officers have been charged. To read more about the charges, click here.
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