Autopsy Reveals Freddie Gray Died of “High-Energy Spinal Injury”

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All Six Officers Involved in Gray’s Arrest Face Charges

A medical examiner has found that Freddie Gray’s cause of death was a “high-energy spinal injury”  he suffered while riding in a Baltimore police van. The examiner also reported that the officers’ failure to follow protocol means the death was a homicide.  One of the six officers charged in Gray’s death faces charges of second-degree murder.

Gray was arrested on April 12th and died a week later from the injuries sustained in the police van.  His death resulted in massive riots and protests in Baltimore and eventually the indictments of all six officers involved in his arrest.  The autopsy reported that his injury was similar to what’s found in shallow-water diving and was likely caused when the van suddenly decelerated.

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