As the Baltimore Police Department handed the findings of its investigation into the death of Freddie Gray to state prosecutors Thursday, a report from a local television station claimed that Gray’s injury was sustained when he slammed into the back of the police car in which he was traveling.
WJLA reported that a bolt in the back of the police van matched the type of injury Gray sustained on his neck, which ultimately led to his death. The report alleged that the medical examiner found that Gray’s neck was broken by the impact.
Citing the same sources, WJLA also reported that there was no evidence that Gray’s injuries were sustained during the arrest.
However, officials have refused to confirm the report. A spokesman for the state office of the chief medical examiner told the press, “We don’t do preliminary findings, and the investigation isn’t concluded.”
The only new piece of information confirmed by police Thursday about Gray’s April 12 arrest was that the police car in which he was driven to the station made an additional stop. The stop was discovered in footage obtained from a privately-owned surveillance camera.
Deputy police commissioner Kevin Davis told a press briefing that the stop was “previously unknown to us.” This prompted speculation that the additional stop had been concealed, but a spokesman refused to confirm or deny this.
“It would be inappropriate for us to further comment,” said J. Eric Kowalczyk.
The police’s findings will now be considered by the state prosecutor’s office, which will determine whether criminal charges should be brought against any of the six officers involved in Gray’s arrest.
Marilyn J. Mosby, the city’s state’s attorney, confirmed that the findings had been received and wrote in a statement, "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. We ask for the public to remain patient and peaceful and to trust the process of the justice system.”
If Mosby’s office does decide to press charges, a grand jury would hear the case.