Ben Swann will be broadcasting live from Baltimore, MD on April 22nd at 4p.m., 5p.m., and 8p.m. Eastern. Swann will be covering the protests and demonstrations that are a result of the unexplained death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray.
The Baltimore Police Department has recently fallen under intense scrutiny following news that Gray had been severely injured after he was arrested on April 12. Gray suffered from a spinal cord injury and died last Sunday from “a very tragic injury to his spinal cord.” Gray’s autopsy report has not been released.
According to police documents, Gray “fled unprovoked upon noticing police presence” and was arrested “without force or incident.” Gray was reportedly found carrying a switchblade when captured. The report mentions that Gray “suffered a medical emergency” during transport.
“When he was placed inside that van, he was able to talk, he was upset,” said Deputy Police Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez. “And when Mr. Gray was taken out of the van, he could not talk, he could not breathe.”
A cell phone video was released showing a police transport van stopping near the initial arrest site. Police said Gray became “irate” during transport, so the van was stopped and he was placed in leg cuffs.
Six police officers involved with Gray’s arrest have been suspended with pay: Lt. Brian Rice, Officer Garrett Miller, Sgt. Alicia White, Officer William Porter, Officer Edward Nero and Officer Caesar Goodson. There are three ongoing investigations being conducted by the local prosecutor’s office, the Baltimore Police and the federal government.