BALTIMORE (WJZ) —A major development in the investigation into the death of Freddie Gray.
Derek Valcourt has what city police had to say about their investigation into the death of Gray and what happens now.
This came as a surprise, police said they would not turn their information over to prosecutors until tomorrow.
Instead they moved a day early and though the report is not being made public right now, they did reveal some newly discovered information in the case.
Police Commissioner Anthony Batts announced a day early the long investigation into the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray — after his April 12th arrest — is now in the hands of Baltimore’s recently elected top prosecutor Marilyn Mosby, who will determine whether police face charges.
“This does not mean that the investigation is over. If new evidence is found we will follow it. If new direction is given by the State’s Attorney we will obey it,” Batts said.
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The critical question: what happened to Freddie Gray from the time he was loaded into the van to the time he arrived at the police station and was found not breathing, police already told us about the first the van stopped when the removed Gray, shackled his legs and put him back in. Now police reveal new information.
The van made another stop here near the intersection of Freedmont and Mosher.
“We discovered the new stop based on our thorough and comprehensive and ongoing review of all CC TV cameras and privately-owned cameras,” Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said.
WJZ has learned that video came from security cameras at this privately-owned corner store.
The owner says the video wasn’t picked up by police until Monday.
Part of the investigation will focus on this man — and what he saw and heard WJZ‘s Mike Schuh is the first to speak with the man who says he was inside the police transport van with Gray for the last part of his ride.
Donta Allen tells WJZ he doesn’t believe Gray was trying to hurt himself.
“When I was in the back of that van it did not stop or nothing. All it did was go straight to the station, but I heard a little banging, like he was banging his head,” Allen said. ” I didn’t even know he was in the van until we got to the station.”
The mayor says she’s spoken with Gray’s family about the investigation.
“The are not pushing for the release of the information, they’re pushing for justice,” Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said.
The finding of the police investigation are no surprise to city state’s attorney Mosby, who said in a statement:
“The State’s Attorney’s Office has in fact received the hard copies of the Baltimore Police Department’s investigative file; however, the results of their investigation is not new to us. We have been briefed regularly throughout their process while simultaneously conducting our own independent investigation into the death of Freddie Gray. While we have and will continue to leverage the information received by the Department, we are not relying solely on their findings but rather the facts that we have gathered and verified. We ask for the public to remain patient and peaceful and to trust the process of the justice system.”
What we haven’t heard from Mosby is a timeline on when she expects to make a decision on whether the officers involved should face any charges.
It’s possible that may not happen for weeks.
WJZ has learned that Gray’s autopsy will be completed sometime today or tomorrow.
The autopsy report is expected to show that Gray died as a result of a traumatic injury to his spine.
The report also shows Gray suffered trauma to the back of his head.
The exact cause of death and manner of death will be released to the family sometime tomorrow.
Sometime early next week the completed results will be sent to the state attorney’s office.