By John Friend —
As mayhem and destruction consumed the city of Baltimore, Maryland following the still unexplained death of black criminal Freddie Gray, unconfirmed reports are emerging that Gray’s “life-ending injuries to his spine may have possibly been the result of spinal and neck surgery that he allegedly received a week before he was arrested, not from excessively rough treatment or abuse from police,” according to news website “The Fourth Estate.”
Although not confirmed, it has been reported that Gray had a history of spine and neck problems stemming from an automobile accident in 2007.
The Fourth Estate and other online sources cite Howard County court records relating to an agreement reached between Allstate, a large insurance firm, and Gray and his sister, Fredericka, in which the Gray siblings would receive a large structured settlement stemming from an automobile accident in which they apparently were involved. According to court documents posted online, the Grays converted the settlement into a single $18,000 payment each would receive, utilizing the services of Peachtree Settlement Funding.
Calls and emails to the Baltimore Police Department from this reporter regarding these allegations were not responded to as of this writing. Additionally, William “Billy” Murphy, founder and senior partner at Murphy, Falcon & Murphy, the law firm in Baltimore representing Gray’s family, has not responded to AMERICAN FREE PRESS’s request for clarification regarding Gray’s alleged spinal and neck problems prior to his death, as well as his settlement with Allstate and Peachtree.
In an attempt to clarify the situation, The Baltimore Sun published a report late Wednesday afternoon arguing that the court case the Grays were involved in “had nothing to do with a car accident or a spine injury.” Rather, the Sun contends, the court documents cited by the Fourth Estate and other online sources “are connected to a lawsuit alleging that Gray and his sister were injured by exposure to lead paint.”
However, in the documents, Gray indicated that “work injury, medical malpractice and auto accident” best categorized his claim.
“When asked to explain,” the Sun reported, “he wrote something that is unreadable.”
“We have no information or evidence at this point to indicate that there is a prior pre-existing spinal injury,” Jason Downs, an attorney working for Murphy’s law firm, told the Sun. “It’s a rumor.”
According to the Sun, the Grays’ case was dismissed on April 2, when neither Gray nor his sister appeared in court.
The recent troubles began on the morning of Sunday, April 12. Gray was arrested after fleeing pursuing officers, who allegedly discovered a switchblade in his possession. Prior to his most recent interaction with law enforcement, Gray had been arrested 22 times in Maryland, largely for crimes relating to the possession and distribution of drugs. Gray died one week later.
Following his death, protesters took to the streets in Baltimore and across America. In Baltimore, violence, looting and mayhem followed, as the protests quickly escalated.
In the days following Gray’s death, local officials in Baltimore, a city with a 65% black population, appeared to be incapable of keeping order and responsibly dealing with the ongoing looting, violence and destruction masquerading as “peaceful protests.” Numerous businesses were ransacked, private property was damaged or destroyed, police officers and vehicles were attacked and private citizens were assaulted and robbed. The Baltimore Orioles postponed games scheduled earlier this week, and were forced to play their game on April 29 in an empty stadium due to the chaos engulfing the city.
Bizarrely, on April 25, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, a black woman, stated that official city policy was primarily concerned with ensuring “that the protesters were able to exercise their right to free speech.” She would go on to explain that protesters were given “space to destroy,” which apparently is considered “freedom of speech” in America today—at least for rioting, rampaging blacks instigated and encouraged by the controlled mass media and mainstream political establishment.
Furthermore, a senior police commander in Baltimore has alleged that Mayor Rawlings-Blake specifically told her police force to “let them loot, it’s only property,” Fox News reported.
“The mayor of Baltimore is part of a growing group of political people in black cities who look at rioters not as predators or felons, but as ‘victims of racism,’ who were forced to throw bricks at cops, or set fire to stores, or loot local restaurants,” best-selling author Colin Flaherty recently told AFP.
According to the political and media establishment in America, “the real predators are white people and their racism,” added Flaherty. “This is the greatest lie of our generation. And that is why I wrote Don’t Make the Black Kids Angry—to demonstrate that white people are the real victims of racial violence, and black people the real perpetrators.”
After receiving criticism for his department’s slow and timid response to the rioting and looting, Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts argued that due to the age of many of the thugs rampaging throughout the city, the police simply could not respond forcefully and decisively.
“They’re old enough to know better, they’re old enough to know not to do those things, they’re old enough to be accountable, but they’re still kids, unfortunately,” Batts inexcusably told reporters.
As protests continue in Baltimore and as others erupt across America, new information and testimony is challenging the media-promoted narrative that Gray died as a result of improper treatment by Baltimore police officers following his arrest.
A relative of one of the police officers involved in Gray’s arrest recently told CNN that the officer believes Gray was injured prior to being placed in a police van. Also, a prisoner in the van with Gray alleged that Gray was “banging against the walls” of the van in an attempt to deliberately injure himself, The Washington Post has reported. He now claims he was misquoted.
The Baltimore Police Department released the findings of their investigation to the state’s attorney for Baltimore on May 1, resulting in murder and manslaughter charges being filed against the six officers involved in Gray’s arrest, three of whom are black.
John Friend is a California-based writer who maintains a blog.