Commissioner Admits Gray Did Not Get Timely Medication Attention
As the protests keep the pressure on Baltimore City officials and police apparatus, the police commission has made a stunning admission.
Commission Anthony Bratt was quoted by Fox 13 as stating that: “We know our police employees failed to get him medical attention in a timely manner multiple times.”
It appears that the transportation of Mr. Gray had several problems including the lack of restraints. Other police departments around the country have being sued for hundreds of thousands of dollars for suspects who were injured during the transportation.
A police union attorney claimed the injuries may have occurred during a "rough ride". Anecdotal evidence and a report from the Baltimore Sun suggests officers are happy to see an uncooperative suspect bumped a couple of time in the patty wagon on the way to the station.
Combined with the other horrible events around the country involving unarmed citizens, I believe a sea change is underway. The police are being asked to re-examine their engagement of those they swore to serve. Rough rides and unprovoked shootings are now documented by the ubiqutious smart phones documenting police activity like no other time in history. Just imagine what could have happened in the South Carolina shooting had that young man not shot that video.
Such video has only made the argument for the use of police body cameras stronger. Even though I would not go as far as to say as some that video does not lie, it will be helpful to have multiple angles from each responding officers camera as well as from witnesses.
The path toward the change is not without resistance and pitfalls, but I believe in the end the world will be better for it. As the protesters in Baltimore have shown, you can do it in a peaceful manner.