Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A few weeks ago, the death of Freddie Gray at the hands of Baltimore Police Officers incited riots across the country that became just as violent as the Ferguson protests, if not more so.

Though six cops have been charged in Gray’s death, there has been no video evidence of what actually happened that day: until now.

Cell phone footage shows officers putting 25 year-old Gray in leg shackles before putting him into their police van head-first. Half of his limp body can be seen hanging out of the vehicle as bystanders beg for the cops to help him.

Throughout the clip, Gray is totally unresponsive as the cops take him out of the van and put him onto his knees as four officers stand over him. They then put additional restraints on Gray and load him back into the vehicle.

According to Daily Mail, this was the second of five stops the cops made while Gray was in their van. A week later, Gray died in a hospital of spinal injuries he received while in police custody.

The man filming the incident has claimed that two of the officers, Brian Rice and William Porter, tried to block his view of the van with their bodies. They then threatened to taser him if he did not leave. The anonymous cameraman has asked not to be identified due to fear of retaliation from police.

“Can we get someone else out here? This is not cool,” shouts the man with the camera can be heard shouting. “This is not cool. Do you hear me?”

Rice and Porter were each arrested after Gray’s death, along with Officers Caesar Goodson, Garrett Miller, William Porter, Edward Nero and Alicia White. They have since been charged with felonies which include manslaughter and second-degree depraved-heart murder.

Lawyers for the group have asked that all charges be dropped, arguing that the officers are the victims of “over-zealous prosecution.”

What do you think after viewing this footage? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

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