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Liberal_in_LA

(44,397 posts)
Fri May 1, 2015, 04:19 PM May 2015

Chevrolet confirms that police van has no bolt inside, has smooth interior

The police van in which Freddie Gray supposedly sustained his fatal injuries does not come with a bolt sticking out from the back door, Chevrolet has confirmed.
Designs from the car maker show that the Chevrolet Express - the vehicle used by the Baltimore Police Department - is smooth on the inside of both cage doors.
Chevrolet spokesman Michael Albano confirmed to Daily Mail Online that the standard issue Chevrolet Express Police Transport Van has bolts that are built into the door and don't stick out.
Mr Albano said that law enforcement agencies are known to customise their own vehicles and that the Baltimore Police Department may have done so to their fleet.
The development raises a number of questions about the official account put out by the force which emerged today in a report of its internal investigation into Gray's death.






Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3063643/Where-s-bolt-killed-Freddie-Gray-Standard-issue-police-van-SMOOTH-cage-doors-raising-questions-leaked-medical-report-says-fall-paddy-wagon-caused-catastrophic-injury.html#ixzz3Yv6rXDTM
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Chevrolet confirms that police van has no bolt inside, has smooth interior (Original Post) Liberal_in_LA May 2015 OP
This stinks to high heaven... Agschmid May 2015 #1
"Agencies are known to customize their own vehicles" gratuitous May 2015 #2
The Picture Shows Seat Belts Yet I Thought They Said.... global1 May 2015 #3
My understanding gratuitous May 2015 #4
Here's What I Read Here On DU The Other Day About Seat Belts In Baltimore's Police Vans..... global1 May 2015 #9
IOW, if there were dangerous projections in the back of that van hifiguy May 2015 #5
We don't know that gratuitous May 2015 #6
i am sure that will be the kkkops' story. hifiguy May 2015 #8
So they patrol around with this van just looking to arrest people. Lars39 May 2015 #7
Thanks thats why I mentioned it in one of my posts... Historic NY May 2015 #10

gratuitous

(82,849 posts)
2. "Agencies are known to customize their own vehicles"
Fri May 1, 2015, 04:26 PM
May 2015

All this article really says is that when the vehicle rolls off the line, Chevrolet doesn't leave exposed bolts sticking out. And good for them, I suppose. But it says nothing about the particular vehicle Freddie Gray was riding in when he was tortured to death.

global1

(25,230 posts)
3. The Picture Shows Seat Belts Yet I Thought They Said....
Fri May 1, 2015, 04:33 PM
May 2015

this van had no seat belts. Or was it that the arresting cops just didn't belt him in?

gratuitous

(82,849 posts)
4. My understanding
Fri May 1, 2015, 04:37 PM
May 2015

From the mayor's press conference a couple of days ago, she said that Gray wasn't belted in, which is a violation of police policies (I don't know if it's a regulation with actual penalties for failure to follow). My take from that is that the vehicles are equipped with belts, but they weren't used.

Someone smarter than me can probably answer that question conclusively.

global1

(25,230 posts)
9. Here's What I Read Here On DU The Other Day About Seat Belts In Baltimore's Police Vans.....
Fri May 1, 2015, 05:01 PM
May 2015

Police brutality against prisoners being transported was addressed just six months ago in a plan released by Baltimore officials to reduce this misconduct. Department rules updated nine days before Gray's arrest clearly state that all detainees shall be strapped in by seat belts or "other authorized restraining devices" for their own safety after arrest.

I guess I read it fast and thought that they didn't have seat belts in the vans. I was wrong. They do - they just didn't strap Freddie Gray in.

 

hifiguy

(33,688 posts)
5. IOW, if there were dangerous projections in the back of that van
Fri May 1, 2015, 04:40 PM
May 2015

they were added by the kkkops. '

Very interesting.

gratuitous

(82,849 posts)
6. We don't know that
Fri May 1, 2015, 04:43 PM
May 2015

After all, Freddie Gray might have snuck a welding kit into the back of the van when he was arrested and attached some bolts to the interior, then thrown himself against them in a bid to break his own neck. At least, that's the story I expect to see in the Washington Post this weekend.

Historic NY

(37,449 posts)
10. Thanks thats why I mentioned it in one of my posts...
Fri May 1, 2015, 06:37 PM
May 2015

in fact Chevy is using national correction dept. standards for fastening devices in their assembly.

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