During The Investigation On The Death In Baltimore Of Freddie Gray It Was Found That The Arresting Officers Did Not Follow Protocol
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Found That The Arresting Officers Did Not Follow Protocol
|Attorney Michael Davey|
Unbelted detainees have been paralyzed and even killed by rough rides in police vans.
Failing to belt an inmate would violate a policy on handling detainees issued by their own department just nine days prior.
The document, released by a police department spokesman, states that officers should “ensure the safety of the detainee” and that “all passengers, regardless of age and location, shall be restrained by seat belts or other authorized restraining devices.”
Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said Gray was secured by “leg irons” after he became agitated during the trip, but the department hasn’t said whether he was left otherwise unsecured, as Attorney Michael Davey, who represents at least one of the officers under
investigation, told The Associated Press.
Davey acknowledged that department policy requires seatbelts, but said “policy is policy, practice is something else,” particularly if a prisoner is combative.
|Police Commissioner Anthony Batts|
That April 3rd policy, updating a 1997 policy that also required detainees to be secured, is standard
nationwide, said Robert Stewart, a former police chief who consults with departments and the Department of Justice on procedures the use of force.
Stewart said strapping them in with seatbelts is “not the Torah,” but should be adhered to whenever feasible.
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And Put In To Police Van
The police commissioner says his investigators will turn over their findings by Friday, May 1.
The following day, May 2, protesters plan another demonstration, and now they’re asking for outside help.
“We are putting out a national call for people across the country to come to Baltimore to be here at this corner to stand in solidarity with the people of Baltimore,” said Karen Black, Peoples Power
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference has already called for the officers involved in Gray’s case to be charged with murder.
Now they’ve asked Private Investigator Terrance Jones to look into the case as well.
“My investigation is going to be fair, it’s going to be impartial, it’s going to be objective,” Jones said.