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[5/8/15] Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Baltimore police investigation

(CBSN) -- Newly appointed Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced the opening of a Justice Department investigation into the Baltimore Police Department at the request of the city's mayor. CBSN's Anne-Marie Green and Vladimir Duthiers cover the announcement.

[4/30/15] Law enforcement sources say Freddie Gray suffered head injury in police transport van

(WJLA) -- An investigation into the death of Baltimore resident Freddie Gray has found no evidence that his fatal injuries were caused during his videotaped arrest and interaction with police officers, according to multiple law enforcement sources.

The sources spoke to ABC7 News after being briefed on the findings of a police report turned over to prosecutors on Thursday.

Sources said the medical examiner found Gray's catastrophic injury was caused when he slammed into the back of the police transport van, apparently breaking his neck; a head injury he sustained matches a bolt in the back of the van.

[4/30/15] Second Detainee: "All I heard was a little banging for like four seconds"

(NBC News) -- A Baltimore man has come forward to talk about his April 12 ride in a police van with Freddie Gray, saying in an interview that he heard his fellow prisoner briefly making noise on the other side of a metal barrier.

"All I heard was a little banging for like four seconds," 22-year-old Donte Allen told local NBC affiliate WBAL. "I just heard a little banging."

Allen's account, given in an interview on the street with WBAL reporter Jayne Miller, differs slightly from the one described in a report in the Washington Post. Citing police documents, the newspaper quoted a prisoner telling investigators he could hear Gray "banging against the walls" and that he believed Gray "was intentionally trying to injure himself."

[4/29/15] Prisoner in van heard "banging against walls."

(The Washington Post) -- A prisoner sharing a police transport van with Freddie Gray told investigators that he could hear Gray "banging against the walls" of the vehicle and believed that he "was intentionally trying to injure himself," according to a police document obtained by The Washington Post.

In a phone interview, Allen said he had been in the van with Gray and told police he heard “light banging.” He said the police report incorrectly characterized his statements to authorities and that he “never ever said to police that [Gray] was hurting himself.”
Allen, who is on probation for an armed robbery conviction, declined to comment further.