The Truth Behind Freddie Gray
The Truth Behind Freddie Gray
While many say Freddy Gray is a hero, the truth behind Freddie Gray is he was a violent criminal. The following is an excerpt from nationally renowned forensic criminologist Ron Martinelli, Ph.D.’s new book “The Truth Behind the Black Lives Matter Movement and the War on Police“
On April 12, 2015, officers working in a high-crime, drug sales area of Baltimore observed Freddie Gray, 25, involved in the possible hand-to-hand sales of drugs. As police approached, Gray fled on foot and was pursued by the officers who captured him. When the officers searched Gray, they found him in possession of a spring-assisted knife, which they believed to be illegal. Gray was arrested, handcuffed, and placed into the rear of a transportation van but was not secured in a seat belt.
During transportation to the Western District police station, Gray became agitated and subsequently suffered a serious medical emergency. He was comatose and hospitalized for a serious spinal cord injury and later died on April 19th.
After only a 24-hour investigation by state investigators, six Baltimore officers involved in Freddie Gray’s arrest and transportation were charged with several crimes, including second-degree murder in connection with Gray’s death.
A leaked medical examiner’s report of Freddie Gray’s autopsy and toxicology reports showed that Gray suffered a devastating spinal cord injury after his head slammed into a wall in the back of the police van. The Medical Examiner who authored the report found no evidence that Gray’s spinal injury was caused by any use of police force during his arrest. The forensic medical evidence indicates that Gray broke his neck and that the wound to his head matched an extended metal bolt in the back of the van. The autopsy found no other evidence of trauma that would be consistent with force-related injuries on Gray’s body. No police were riding in the back of the van with Gray during his transportation.
Well-known forensic pathologist Dr. Cyril Wecht has opined that Gray’s manner of death was consistent with a “rough ride” in the police transportation van. However, my colleague, the eminent forensic pathologist Dr. Vincent DiMaio, who has worked scores of high-profile death cases, has suggested that Gray’s manner of death should actually be more accurately classified as “accidental or undetermined.” As a Certified Medical Investigator myself, I tend to agree with Dr. DiMaio’s opinion at this point.
Another prisoner in the van, identified as Donta Allen, initially told Baltimore investigators and a Washington Post reporter that Gray had been agitated, screaming, and banging around in the van during transportation. Allen told police and the media that he thought Gray was “intentionally trying to hurt himself.” He later recanted this statement. A search warrant application describes Gray during transportation as “irate” and that he “continued to be combative in the police wagon.”
Freddie Gray’s toxicology report showed that he was under the influence of significant levels of cannabinoids and opium at the time he was hospitalized. This finding would be forensically consistent with the possibility of Gray swallowing the drugs he was attempting to sell in order to destroy evidence. The presence of drugs in Gray’s system would also support his past criminal history as a drug dealer. In the past eight years, Gray had been arrested on no less than 14 occasions for felony possession of controlled substances and possession with intent to distribute. Again, Freddie Gray was only 25 at the time of his death.
The narrative presented by activists, including members of the BLM movement, is that the Baltimore officers involved in this incident murdered Freddie Gray. There are no forensic evidence or witness statements to date that support this assertion. The autopsy report detailing Gray’s traumatic injuries and drug influence—and prisoner Allen’s initial statements to police and the media—are far more favorable to the defendant officers than to the prosecution’s theory of criminality. Therefore, the BLM movement’s assertion that Baltimore police “murdered” Freddie Gray is unsubstantiated at this time. No officers have been convicted of any alleged criminal acts, and the trials for the six officers are still in progress after a mistrial in one case.
Dr. Ron Martinelli is a nationally renowned forensic criminologist who is the only police expert in the country who is also a Certified Medical Investigator at the physician’s level. We are proud to have him as a part of our team, he acts as the Chief Advisor to Blue Lives Matter.
Dr. Ron Martinelli is a regular guest on Fox News, One America News Network, and many others. Look for more from Dr. Ron and Blue Lives Matter in the future. Look for his book on Amazon as he not only uncovers the truth behind Freddie Gray, but also delves deep into the foundation of the Black Lives Matter movement.