Report: Gray tried to injure himself in Baltimore police van

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Baltimore Death Sparks Protests in New York, Boston.

NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of people rallied and marched in New York and Boston to protest the death of a Baltimore man who was critically injured in police custody as Philadelphia activists prepared for their own demonstration. BALTIMORE (AP) — Having weathered two all-night curfews with no major disturbances, Baltimore officials are now trying to manage growing expectations they will immediately decide whether to prosecute six police officers involved in the arrest of a black man who later died of injuries he apparently received while in custody. In an effort to be transparent, authorities have told the community they plan to turn over the findings of a police investigation into Freddie Gray’s death to a state’s attorney by Friday. Protesters first rallied in Manhattan’s Union Square, where they chanted “no justice, no peace” and “hands up, don’t shoot,” a reference to the police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, last year. As the city’s police commissioner from 2000 to 2002, Norris helped usher in the first decline in the murder rate in a decade, before resigning in disgrace and spending six months in federal prison.

Dozens of police officers moved in with plastic handcuffs and began making arrests while officers with batons pushed the crowd back onto the sidewalk (TM and © Copyright 2015 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. Protesters argue on April 29 near a Baltimore CVS pharmacy that was looted and burned by rioters on Monday after the funeral of Freddie Gray. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images) –Maryland’s Governor declared a state of emergency and sent in the National Guard, the first time since the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968 that the National Guard was called out in Baltimore to prevent civil unrest –the Balitmore Orioles held their Wednesday-night game against the Chicago White Sox with spectators barred from the stadium for security reasons, and the game rescheduled to accomodate the nightly 10 p.m. curfew Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, left, speaks at a news conference about the situation in Baltimore with Baltimore’s Police Commissioner Anthony Batts, middle, on April 28. (Jessica Gresko/Associated Press) Prosecutors will review the information and eventually decide how to move forward, authorities have said. Many of the Manhattan marchers then began to chant “I can’t breathe,” quoting Eric Garner, the Staten Island man who died last year after being placed in what appeared to be a chokehold by a police officer.

In Boston, activists gathered in a park behind police headquarters in Roxbury and continued with a peaceful march to a park at Dudley Square, across from the Roxbury neighborhood police station. Hassan Murphy, a lawyer for Gray’s family, underscored their comments, saying, “This family wants justice and they want justice that comes at the right time and not too soon.” Gray, 25, was pinned to a sidewalk, handcuffed and hoisted into a police van where he was put in leg irons after Baltimore officers said he made eye contact with them and ran. Nikea Ramsey, whose brother, Burrell Ramsey-White, was shot and killed in an encounter with Boston police in 2012, said, “Me and my family, we stand with Baltimore. Batts said the man also said the driver did not speed, make sudden stops of “drive erratically.” But somewhere along the way, Gray suffered a fatal spinal injury, and the six officers involved were suspended with pay amid the criminal investigation.

More than 100 people were arrested, but an official number would not be available until later Thursday morning, a spokesman for the New York City Police Department told The Post. The mayor and others tried to stay focused on the positive Wednesday, applauding residents for obeying the 10 p.m.-5 a.m. curfew that first went into effect Tuesday night and for preventing a repeat of Monday night’s violence.

Today they look better than yesterday, so we’re making a lot of progress.” There were some signs throughout the city of life getting back to normal, with schools reopening and cars rolling as usual through streets that had been cleared of debris. Authorities redirected traffic in the area as the demonstrators moved through intersections and headed toward the Hennepin Avenue Bridge that runs over the Mississippi River.

The district attorney is not pressing charges in the December shooting death of Brandon Tate-Brown in Philadelphia, saying evidence indicates that he was reaching into his car for a loaded pistol. I had a very contentious confirmation hearing, and I knew I was going to take a very aggressive stance on crime and I knew [I had] the support of the community and of the ministers and everyone who lived here. 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.

I mean, there’s been some noteworthy cases of the police and the community, but I think there was a period after I left when the next administration – or the second after I left – they started their form of zero tolerance, which I didn’t employ when I was here. Associated Press writers Ben Nuckols, Juliet Linderman, Matthew Barakat, Tom Foreman Jr., Jessica Gresko, Brian Witte and Jeff Horwitz contributed to this report. They started locking people up in big numbers for minor things, like drinking on the stoop, playing dice in their own property and all kinds of crimes that we ignored. Look, the problem is the police are the first – and maybe the only – visible arm of the government that the people see in many communities in America, especially in Baltimore [and other] poor communities. And the people here – the police, the communities, the politicians, the clergy – they’re left to clean up the mess made by people from out of town.

I just think it was a bad stance to take, and I don’t know how we haven’t learned from the past where this theory of letting rioters breathe or vent and giving them space, it hasn’t worked anywhere, ever.

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