Judge Nap on New Freddie Gray Report: 'Police Still Responsible for His Safety'
An explosive new report from The Washington Post says that Freddie Gray may have intentionally tried to injure himself while riding in a police van.
The report cites the statement of another prisoner who was in the van with Gray, but could not see him. He reportedly heard Gray "banging against the walls."
The Washington Post reported:
The prisoner, who is currently in jail, was separated from Gray by a metal partition and could not see him. His statement is contained in an application for a search warrant, which is sealed by the court. The Post was given the document under the condition that the prisoner not be named because the person who provided it feared for the inmate’s safety.
The document, written by a Baltimore police investigator, offers the first glimpse of what might have happened inside the van. It is not clear whether any additional evidence backs up the prisoner’s version, which is just one piece of a much larger probe.
When the van arrived at the police station on April 12, 25-year-old Gray was severely injured. He was said to have a severed spine and died a week later from his injuries.
His death has sparked renewed outrage against police, including riots and looting in the streets of Baltimore earlier this week.
Judge Andrew Napolitano gave us his reaction this morning on the new report and the next steps in the investigation.
The judge said that under the law, the police were still "responsible for [Gray's] life and his safety" while he was in custody.
Napolitano said that police have still not given a legitimate reason for Gray's arrest, only saying he looked an officer in the eye and ran away.
"Did the police know something else about him that they haven't revealed to us?" he asked.
He also pointed out that police will not be publicly releasing a report on Gray's death tomorrow. It will instead be handed over to the State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby.
Steve Doocy pointed out that Mosby's husband, Nick Mosby, is a Baltimore city councilman.
Napolitano said Mosby could choose to pass the investigation to the state attorney general who is "removed" from local politics.
"Bottom line is the government must be transparent. We have the right to know what happened. Whether it makes the police look bad, whether to charge them with a crime, or whether it exonerates them," said Napolitano.
The judge agreed with Brian Kilmeade that even if it's true that Gray did intentionally hurt himself, many people will not believe it unless there is video.