Civil Liberties

Second Prisoner In Freddie Gray's Police Van Contradicts Washington Post Account

Says he does not think Gray deliberately injured himself


The man in the van

Remember this report from yesterday?

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.

The prisoner in question has now come forward, and his account sounds somewhat different when it isn't being filtered through a police document. WJZ reports:

"I am Donta Allen. I am the one who was in the van with Freddie Gray," Allen said….

Allen wants to set something straight.

"All I did was go straight to the station, but I heard a little banging like he was banging his head," he said.

He tells WJZ he's angry about an internal police report published in The Washington Post.

"And they trying to make it seem like I told them that, I made it like Freddie Gray did that to hisself (sic)," Allen said. "Why the [expletive] would he do that to hisself (sic)?"

Read the rest here, and read another interview with Allen here.