A “rush to judgment” happens quite often these days – not that the eventual truth changes any minds when it does finally emerge.
After all, “hands up, don’t shoot” has become a part of our culture, even though it was patently false in the case of Michael Brown.
In Baltimore, the untimely death of Freddie Gray has touched off a powder keg of unrest particularly because of the reported near-severing of Gray’s spinal cord which ultimately lead to his demise. What terrible violence on the part of police could have caused such a terrible injury?
Unless that injury was pre-existing.
Details of the case are still sketchy and other news sources are reporting the settlement had to do with lead paint rather than an auto injury, but no doubt there is more to this story than meets the eye.
The media is leaving out much of the career criminal history of Freddie Gray in their reporting. It seems now that they may also be failing to discuss his very relevant medical history, one which may have included multiple surgeries for spinal injuries incurred in a car crash.Health privacy laws limit the availability of medical information, but a public records search in the Howard Court Civil System website provides evidence that Gray had received a settlement and had engaged with Peachtree Funding to obtain a lump sum payment.
The media has been remiss in reporting this information, preferring to portray the career criminal as the victim of police misconduct. Other anonymous sources indicate that Gray may have had surgery as recently as ten days prior to the incident in which he was involved in a forty-five minute flee to evade the authorities. He could have easily re-injured himself in his reckless attempt to avoid capture.
Black lives matter, but so does the truth.
You can review the original documentation here for case number 13C14101574