Autopsy shows Freddie Gray’s death was homicide

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The autopsy on Freddie Gray, who died several days after suffering a severe spinal injury in the custody of Baltimore police following his arrest on April 12, concluded that he suffered a ‘high-energy injury’ to his neck and spine which was mostly likely caused inside the police van and thus his death could not be ruled an accident.

The state medical examiner’s autopsy into Freddie Gray’s death obtained by the Baltimore Sun revealed that officers placed him on a metal bench in the back of the van after his arrest, but he was not restrained.

During a second stop on Baker street, Gray was removed from the van and placed in ankle cuffs, before being slid onto the floor of the van.

The medical examiner surmised that Gray may have gotten to his feet at some point during the journey and was thrown into the wall during an abrupt change in direction sometime between the second and fourth stops.
Gray was found lying belly down on the floor while facing the cabin compartment by an assisting officer, who then placed him on the bench.

Police picked up a second arrestee at a fifth stop, where Gray was found unresponsive, and kneeling on the floor, facing the front of the van and slumped over to his right against the bench.

The medical examiner concluded that Gray suffered a severe spinal injury to the lower left part of his head. Gray died a week after the arrest.

All six officers involved in Gray’s arrest and transport are facing criminal charges ranging from second-degree depraved heart murder, manslaughter to second-degree assault.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Freddie Gray not seat-belted in the police van
2. Police place ankle cuffs on Gray and slide him onto the floor of the van
3. Gray being thrown to the wall inside the van
4. An officer placed Gray on the bench
5. Gray kneeling on the floor unresponsive
6. Illustration of Gray’s spinal injury

VOICEOVER (in English):

“The state medical examiner’s autopsy into Freddie Gray’s death revealed that officers placed him on a metal bench in the back of the van after his arrest, but he was not restrained.”

“During a second stop on Baker street, Gray was removed from the van and placed in ankle cuffs, before being slid onto the floor of the van.”

“The medical examiner surmised that Gray may have gotten to his feet at some point during the journey and was thrown into the wall during an abrupt change in direction sometime between the second and fourth stops.”

“Gray was found lying belly down on the floor while facing the cabin compartment by an assisting officer, who then placed him on the bench.”

“Police picked up a second arrestee at a fifth stop, where Gray was found unresponsive, and kneeling on the floor, facing the front of the van and slumped over to his right against the bench.”

“The medical examiner concluded that Gray suffered a severe spinal injury to the lower left part of his head.”

SOURCES: The Baltimore Sun, CNN, New York Times
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/freddie-gray/bs-md-ci-freddie-gray-autopsy-20150623-story.html#page=1
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/04/30/us/freddie-gray-arrest-timeline/
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/04/30/us/what-happened-freddie-gray-arrested-by-baltimore-police-department-map-timeline.html?_r=0