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Wed Apr 29, 2015, 09:25 AM

104. Since Baltimore PD has paid for other cases like this causing paralysis and death

It WAS malicious. The cops involved would have known what could have happened - the department has paid over and over for cops doing exactly the same thing resulting in severe injuries.

Freddie Gray not the first to come out of Baltimore police van with serious injuries
By Doug Donovan and Mark Puente The Baltimore Sun

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Relatives of Dondi Johnson Sr., who was left a paraplegic after a 2005 police van ride, won a $7.4 million verdict against police officers. A year earlier, Jeffrey Alston was awarded $39 million by a jury after he became paralyzed from the neck down as the result of a van ride. Others have also received payouts after filing lawsuits.

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For some, such injuries have been inflicted by what is known as a "rough ride" an "unsanctioned technique" in which police vans are driven to cause "injury or pain" to unbuckled, handcuffed detainees, former city police officer Charles J. Key testified as an expert five years ago in a lawsuit over Johnson's subsequent death.

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The most sensational case in Baltimore involved Johnson, a 43-year-old plumber who was arrested for public urination. He was handcuffed and placed in a transport van in good health. He emerged a quadriplegic.

Before he died, he complained to his doctor that he was not buckled into his seat when the police van "made a sharp turn," sending him "face first" into the interior of the van, court records state. He was "violently thrown around the back of the vehicle as [police officers] drove in an aggressive fashion, taking turns so as to injure [Johnson] who was helplessly cuffed," the lawsuit stated.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-city/bs-md-gray-rough-rides-20150423-story.html#page=1


This wasn't simple carelessness or even an uncaring act. These officers knew EXACTLY what could happen and repeated acts that had caused serious injuries and eventual death previously.

This was deliberate and malicious. In other words it was PREMEDITATED MURDER.

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