Freddie Gray’s Family wants to know what happened to him
Earlier, a 25-year-old man, Freddie Gray, was taken to a hospital with spinal injuries after an encounter with four Baltimore police officers. One week after he was rushed to the hospital, Gray died on Sunday. Now, activists, relatives, family of Freddie Gray and even Baltimore city officials have been seeking answers about what happened to Gray.
On April 12, Gray was stopped by officers of Baltimore Police Department. According to officers, Gray didn't listen and ran away from them when he was arrested. Police said that about 30 minutes later, Gray was taken to a hospital in serious condition.
On Sunday, Billy Murphy, an attorney for Gray's family, stated that about 80% of the man's spinal cord had been severed near his neck. During a news conference at City Hall on Sunday, Mayor of Baltimore, Stephanie Rawlings- Blake, and some top police officials promised accountability and transparency.
The mayor said that it is important to know how Mr. Gray was injured. Were the proper protocols and procedures actually followed, she added. Stephanie Rawlings-Blake further said that through investigation, all the questions related to Gray's death will be answered. She also stated that the right people will investigate the case.
Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said that the department tried to interact with Gray's family, but the family has declined. He further stated that the department will try again to share information with the family.
Batts further said, "A mother has lost her son. Freddie Gray passed. My greatest hope and wish and desire is that any time we have an interaction as a police department or a contact, that everyone goes home safe".
According to Batts, he has been assembling a task force that will include homicide investigators and the force investigation team.