Baltimore Police Dept van... used to transport arrested but not convicted, people.


http://abcnews.go.com/US/enjoy-ride-cuz-sign-baltimore-police-transport-van/story?id=32214404

The department was put in the national spotlight after six officers were charged in the death of Gray, who was fatally injured in police custody in April.

Baltimore police have admitted that Gray was not secured in the van by a seatbelt, against department policy, and that he requested medical attention while being transported in the van but was denied.

An autopsy report leaked to the Baltimore Sun said that Gray died of a high-impact injury as a result of not being secured properly during transport that took 40 minutes and made a previously undisclosed fourth stop while en route to the police station, police revealed on Thursday. Previously, police had said the van made three stops, including one to put him in leg irons and another to pick up different prisoner. So, clearly, the cops were not operating by procedure, policy, and professional conduct, then lied about it to cover up their gross misconduct.

The sign's authenticity has been confirmed by the city's police, which told ABC News in a statement that the department has launched an internal investigation.

"The nature and the posting of wording in one of our transport vehicles is both concerning and unacceptable," Baltimore Police Department Ret. Rashawn Strong said. "We have recently become aware of the wording and have begun an internal investigation to determine all the circumstances surrounding its placement

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-32546201

The six police officers involved in Gray’s arrest have been indicted by a grand jury. All six face charges of reckless endangerment, defined in Maryland law as “engaging in conduct that creates a substantial risk of death or serious physical injury to another” and punishable by five years in prison.

Caesar Goodson, driver of the van, faces a charge of second-degree murder. Four of the officers are charged with involuntary manslaughter.

The van carrying Gray had a surveillance camera, according to Rawlings-Blake. The camera was not working at the time of Gray’s injury.

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/jul/03/baltimore-police-vans-sign-freddie-gray

On the third stop, Goodson merely eyeballed the back of the van from the outside, taking no further action. A few minutes later, he made the fourth stop, during which he again checked Gray. This time, he called for assistance. It arrived in the form of Officer Porter. Though he is charged with homicide, this marks Porter’s first appearance in the case: He had no involvement in the arrest, and did not participate in the positioning of Gray prior to Gray’s injury. The prisoner was apparently lying on the floor, complaining about difficulty breathing and moving. He asked for a doctor, but Porter instead helped him up and seated him on the rear compartment’s bench, enabling Goodson to continue the ride.

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/420274/freddy-gray-autopsy-report-deals-blow-murder-charges-andrew-c-mccarthy

the knife found on Gray when he was arrested  has been a point of contention between the state's attorney's office and attorneys representing the officers, with Mosby maintaining that the knife is legal under city and state law, and the defense insisting that the knife is an illegal switchblade.

In the weeks following, the U.S. Justice Department launched a civil rights investigation into the Baltimore Police Department to determine whether it participates in discriminatory policing practices that include excessive force and unwarranted arrests.

http://www.lawofficer.com/articles/2015/06/trove-of-evidence-turned-over-in-case-of-freddie-gray-death.html
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