Freddie Gray's Autopsy Shows Officers Had Chance to Help Gray

Freddie Gray's Autopsy Shows Officers Had Chance to Help Gray

Freddie Gray's official autopsy, recently obtained by the Baltimore Sun, shows that officers had a window of time to get medical attention for Gray. During a fourth stop, the 25-year-old man "was asking for help, saying he couldn't breathe, couldn't get up and needed a medic," the examiner wrote.

Published June 24, 2015

It has been two months since six Baltimore police officers arrested Freddie Gray and took him on a "rough ride" in a police van that left him with a severed spine that led to his death.

Following weeks of protests, a grand jury indicted the officers on charges, including second-degree murder, manslaughter and assault, brought by Baltimore State Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby. The officers are awaiting trial in October. 

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Now the official autopsy recently obtained by the Baltimore Sun shows that officers had a window of time to get medical attention for Gray. During a fourth stop, the 25-year-old man "was asking for help, saying he couldn't breathe, couldn't get up and needed a medic," the examiner wrote.

The document shows that Gray was not injured before he was stopped by police officers. 
The medical examiner also said that Gray's neck injury was likely caused by "a sharp deceleration of the police van," the Sun reports.

Experts interviewed on the medical examiner's findings say that as more and more evidence becomes available, it will be harder for the defendants to prove that Gray was not handled in a rough manner while riding in the police van back in April. 

"The most logical theory of criminal liability is that [Officer Caesar R.] Goodson recklessly caused the fatal injury during the drive and that the other officers are criminally liable because they failed in their duty to render or call for medical assistance," David Jaros, a University of Baltimore professor, wrote in an email to the Sun

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