LI: Freddie Gray Case: Autopsy report further undermines prosecution
The Baltimore Sun newspaper has obtained a copy of the autopsy of Freddie Gray, they report, at a time when Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby is still refusing to provide that report and other purported evidence to the defense lawyers of six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray. The deadline for defense counsel to receive the report is Friday. The Sun did not release the report itself, but merely reported on its "take home" finding that Freddie Gray's neck injury was caused by a "high energy" impact to his head. As the paper reported:
The state medical examiner's office concluded that Gray's death could not be ruled an accident, and was instead a homicide, because officers failed to follow safety procedures "through acts of omission."
Though Gray was loaded into the van on his belly, the medical examiner surmised that he may have gotten to his feet and was thrown into the wall during an abrupt change in direction. He was not belted in, but his wrists and ankles were shackled, putting him "at risk for an unsupported fall during acceleration or deceleration of the van."
The medical examiner compared Gray's injury to those seen in shallow-water diving incidents.
In a separate article consisting of an excerpt from the autopsy report the Sun provides the actual report language on this point:
The type of fracture/dislocation documented in imaging studies on admission is a high energy injury most often caused by abrupt deceleration of a rotated head on a hyperflexed neck, such as seen in shallow water diving incidents.
This is simply another nail in the coffin of Mosby's efforts to prosecute these officers on the serious charges she's levied against them, which include depraved-heart murder, manslaughter, and assault.
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