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New Freddie Gray Video Shows Fateful Police Van Stop

Gray doesn't appear to move while hanging out of police van
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2015 10:40 AM CDT

(Newser) – During Freddie Gray's transfer to a Baltimore police station, officers stopped the police van carrying him at Mount and Baker streets in order to put Gray in flexi-cuffs and leg irons. Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby describes the stop as a crucial moment in Gray's fatal meeting with police. Now, video has surfaced of the stop, showing an unmoving Gray with his stomach on the floor of the van and his legs hanging out the back, reports the Baltimore Sun. Four officers stand around him as shackles are placed around his ankles. Michelle Gross, 58, says a male neighbor recorded the video, which shows just seconds of the van, using Gross' cell phone after witnessing Gray's arrest a block away. Police have previously said that video evidence shows Gray was "conscious and speaking" after the police stop. In the video, however, Gross is heard asking Gray, "You all right?" She says he didn't respond.

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The neighbor, who didn't want to be identified for fear of police retaliation, is heard yelling at officer William Porter, "Can we get a supervisor up here please?" He says Porter pointed to Lt. Brian Rice, who moved toward the man with other officers and threatened to tase him if he didn't leave. He and Gross then moved away from the scene, he says. A city surveillance video, removed from YouTube after it was posted last month, also shows three officers approaching the neighbor, standing between him and the van, before the neighbor moves out of sight. "I thought his leg was just broke and that he was just going to the police station and we would hear him that afternoon," says Gross, who referred to Gray as "son." A retired NYPD detective draws issue with one aspect of the video in particular: "You would never put a detainee struggling to breathe face down because that never promotes free breathing." (Read more Freddie Gray stories.)

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