Baltimore P.D. and City Government managed to make this controversy a huge story. How in the hell does a man go into a van uninjured and come out with a fatal broken back and crushed windpipe? If it were a violent drug reaction, that would be confirmed in the autopsy. Was he beaten by the cops? Was it a "nickel ride"? It does not look like we will get answers this week.
Instapundit: Fifty Shades of Freddie Gray and did Freddie Gray injure himself (I seriously doubt it, without drug or other forensic evidence to the contrary).
It is just amazing that post Ferguson that Baltimore could manage to do a worse job with public relations. This does not excuse the rioters--President Obama called them thugs (and Obama got the race card played against him in response). Riots are not justified but they were still foreseeable. The Baltimore City and Police Department officials certainly could have done more to diffuse this situation.
As Allen West notes, no one wants to talk about Baltimore's dirty little secret: Democrats have run this town for almost fifty years and their policies have left their mark.Rush Limbaugh: What Democrats have wrought and Baltimore Mom trapped by Liberalism
Protein Wisdom: Is your city burning? Thank a Democrat
AmPowBlog: Baltimore in Flames and From Rodney King to Freddie Gray
Regular Right Guy: Baltimore, Democrats are Burning Down Your City
Legal Insurrection: Andrew Branca goes through the hypotheticals
Gray banged head in police van