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Baltimore police finish inquiry into Freddie Gray’s death; prosecutor considers charges.

Baltimore cops finished their probe into the death of a black man who died in police custody and gave their findings to prosecutors on Thursday — as new evidence emerged showing that the police van he was in made a previously unreported fourth stop while bringing him to the precinct. State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said in a statement Thursday that she has received the investigative file from police, and her office has also been conducting its own independent investigation. The state’s attorney’s office will review the information along with the results of its own probe, and then decide whether to seek criminal charges against any of the six cops who were suspended following the April 19 death of Freddie Gray. There was no indication of the authorities being willing to offer any quick explanation of how Mr Gray suffered a partially severed spine after being taken into custody on 12 April.

Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts on Thursday provided no details of what was in the report, and did not take questions at a news conference announcing its completion a day earlier than the Friday deadline he had set. “I understand the frustration; I understand the sense of urgency. … That is why we have finished it a day ahead of time,” said Batts, adding that more than 30 detectives were assigned to the case, which sparked weeks of protests that climaxed with a wave of arson, looting and violence Monday night. “This does not mean that the investigation is over. The report threatens to change a widely held narrative surrounding Gray’s death by raising the possibility that he died not because of police, but because of his own actions.

Batts would not address an account in the Washington Post — attributed to a leaked police report quoting the unidentified prisoner — which claimed Gray “was intentionally trying to injure himself.” It wasn’t until 9:26 a.m. that paramedics were summoned to the Western District station to transport “an unconscious male” to the hospital, police said. A spinal cord injury is “damage to the spinal cord that results in a loss of function such as mobility or feeling.” This type of injury is most often caused by a traumatic blow of the kind that would be sustained in a car accident, severe fall or an act of violence.

Batts said police would continue to work on the case at the direction of the state’s attorney, and then turned the podium over to Deputy Commissioner Kevin Davis to release yet another official timeline of what happened to Gray after his arrest nearly three weeks ago. It has become the latest flashpoint in a national debate about alleged police abuse of minorities that flared last year after the deaths at the hands of police of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York.

The Baltimore Sun reported last week that Gray was “not the first person to come out of a Baltimore police van with serious injuries.” The story cites multi-million dollar settlements given to prisoners left paralyzed after Baltimore Police van rides. In all, the previously undisclosed stop now makes four stops between the time officers arrested Gray and his arrival at a police station, where he was found unresponsive. Police have not fully explained why they began chasing Gray when they made “eye contact” with him and another man at 8:39 a.m. at the intersection of W. The first came from a relative of one of the cops involved in the arrest, who told CNN the officer thinks Gray was injured when he was being arrested — before he was put into the police wagon. “Six officers did not injure this man.

I’m worried that instead of them figuring out who did, that six officers are going to be punished behind something that maybe one or two or even three officers may have done to Freddie Gray.” She also said Gray was not wearing a seatbelt — as Batts said he should have been — because he was angry and the cops didn’t want to get close to him, even though he was cuffed. “He still has his teeth, and he still has his saliva. Police earlier said the van stopped once so that officers could put Gray in “leg irons” because he had become “irate;” stopped again because the driver asked for an additional unit to check on Gray’s condition, and then again to put an additional prisoner in the van’s other compartment before arriving at the station. The Post said it was given the document under the condition that the prisoner not be named because the person who provided it feared for the inmate’s safety. Batts said the man also said the driver did not speed, make sudden stops or “drive erratically.” Gray’s death was the latest in a series of high-profile cases around the country in which black men have died as the result of encounters with police. They said nothing about this stop other than its location — at what appears to be a desolate intersection with three vacant lots and a corner store.

The prosecutor has not given a timeline for when she will decide on whether to charge the six officers who have been suspended during the investigation of Gray’s death. Al Sharpton and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake were scheduled to lead a summit on improving relations between police and the community after Gray’s death. Gray was arrested without force or incident.” Police have already acknowledged that department policy was breached when Gray was placed in the van but not buckled into a seat belt and when officers failed to get him medical care in a timely fashion. Meanwhile, protests over Gray’s death spread Wednesday night to other cities including Boston, New York and Washington, making it clear that tensions over the case are far from subsiding.

These include extreme back pain, pressure in the neck, head or back, weakness, loss of coordination or paralysis in any part of the body, as well as difficulty with balance and walking, impaired breathing after injury and oddly positioned or twisted neck or back. Also known as a laryngotracheal injury, a crushed larynx is pretty rare in adults, except when there is blunt force trauma to the front of the neck, such as strangulation, or blows to the trachea from fists or feet.

Louis Post-Dispatch ( ) says Wednesday night’s break-ins at a Family Dollar store and STL Cordless took place a night after looting, fires and gunfire broke out during demonstrations in the St. The demonstrators also referenced last summer’s fatal shooting by a white Ferguson police officer of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was black and unarmed. It is unclear which injury happened first, or whether one caused the other, but it seems clear that there was nearly no way he caused the fatal injuries himself.

A Ferguson Police Department spokesman says three people were shot during protests Tuesday night and four police cars were damaged by rocks and chunks of asphalt thrown by demonstrators. Dozens of police officers moved in with plastic handcuffs and began making arrests while officers with batons pushed the crowd back onto the sidewalk.

Civic leaders declared victory when the intersection at North and Pennsylvania avenues had been cleared of all but a few stragglers 15 minutes after the beginning of Baltimore’s curfew. “We are very proud of what has happened here tonight.

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