Prisoner tells of van ride
A prisoner sharing a police transport van with Freddie Gray told investigators that he could hear Gray "banging against the walls" of the vehicle and believed that he "was intentionally trying to injure himself," according to an investigative document obtained by the Washington Post.
The prisoner, who is currently in jail, was separated from Gray by a metal partition and could not see him. His statement is contained in an application for a search warrant. The Post 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.
The document, written by a Baltimore police investigator, offers the first account of what might have happened inside the van. It is not clear whether any additional evidence backs up the prisoner's version.
Jason Downs, one of the attorneys for the Gray family, said the family had not been told of the prisoner's comments to investigators.
"We disagree with any implication that Freddie Gray severed his own spinal cord," Downs said. "We question the accuracy of the police reports we've seen thus far."