Former NYPD Detective Suggests Freddie Gray Slipped and Fell Running From Police

Weighing in on possible causes of the severe spinal injury that led to the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray while he was in the custody of Baltimore Police, former New York Police Department Detective and current Fox News contributor Bo Dietl suggested that Gray might have “slipped and fell” while being chased by police.

Jason Downs, an attorney for the Gray gamily, told Ben Swann that the family has numerous unanswered questions pertaining to when and how Gray’s spinal cord was severed, and why he did not receive immediate medical attention. Downs also said that the police have been “given weeks to get their story straight” on what actually happened to Gray.

[pull_quote_center]“Do you think, possibly when the cops were chasing him and he was trying to get away, he could have slipped and fallen and he made an injury?” Dietl said. “By going into the van there, he made the injury worse. That could have very well happened by him banging his head.”[/pull_quote_center]

Dietl’s comments follow a report from the Washington Post on Wednesday, which claimed that according to a suspect who was in the same police transport van, and was on the other side of a metal partition, Gray was “banging against the walls” and was “intentionally trying to injure himself.

Dietl told the hosts on Fox & Friends on Thursday that in his experience as a detective, it was normal to see suspects banging their heads on the cell doors, until their heads “opened up and were bleeding” and they had to be taken to the hospital.

Dietl said that the suspects who injured themselves “were on drugs” and that he hopes Gray was tested when he was eventually taken to the hospital. “I really feel mentally he was not really with it and possibly he was on drugs,” Dietl said.

Downs told the Washington Post that the family disagrees with any implication that Gray severed his own spinal cord. “We question the accuracy of the police reports we’ve seen thus far, including the police report that says Mr. Gray was arrested without force or incident,” Downs said.