(BALTIMORE) — Baltimore City Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said on Friday a “massive investigation” is looking at every aspect of the arrest of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who died from a spinal injury a week after he was taken into custody.
Police released a new image of Gray on Friday as he was taken into custody, which showed him still talking, walking and breathing.
“We have ramped up a task force of 30 plus investigators, from various disciplines in this agency. Dozens of interviews have been conducted; many more remain,” Batts said.
The update comes as weekend protests are planned in Baltimore, where anger continues to simmer over Gray’s death. Batts said on Friday that problems have been few so far.
“The demonstrations have been largely peaceful and respectful, but there are some who characterize the protestors as wanting a confrontation or wanting a fight,” Batts said. “We know this simply isn’t true.”
Protesters have claimed Gray was the victim of what’s known in Baltimore as a “rough ride,” where police intentionally stopping short and drive erratically with the intention of causing injuries.
The department is facing a lawsuit from a woman over a similar incident, and has settled other cases.
“We know he was not buckled in the transportation wagon as he should have been, no excuses for that, period,” Batts said on Friday. “We know our police employees failed to get him medical attention in a timely manner multiple times.”
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