Not a "Court Doc" but the info in this CTH post is worth keeping as reference for alll trials.
May 23, 2016 at 6:31 pm
You’re painting with a broad brush here. During the pursuit of Gray, he allegedly jumped over a wall and down 15ft. to a tennis court below. He also entered an empty building during the pursuit where he might have ingested any drugs he was allegedly carrying. The other prisoner inside the van gave a written statement saying he thought Gray was deliberately trying to injure himself in the van. Also, if Gray had swallowed any drugs during the pursuit, he might have had a seizure in the van. We don’t know the results of the toxicology report. Additionally, Gray was known to fake injuries in order to be taken to the hospital rather than to jail.
BTW, Mosby had directed the police to be ever more vigilant at the particular corner where Gray, who had over 20 arrests, was first spotted allegedly doing a drug deal. Mosby’s husband was running for reelection and that corner, known for frequent drug deals, fell within his jurisdiction.
Related and additional.....
Small reality check
1. IMO a cop SHOULD NOT get in the back of a cop van like that to put set-belt on a perp.. especially an agitated perp.
(Does not apply here but that goes DOUBLE if there are more than 1 perp)
IMO it should be a disciplinary offense if an officer is silly enough to do that.. he puts himself and the public at risk since a perp may well be able to get possession of his gun, taser etc.
2. Freddie Gray did NOT die in the van.. he died days later in hospital. There was treatment at police station, a trip in ambulance and all manner of treatment at hospital which could have (with all best intentions in the world) been a factor in his death.