BALTIMORE (MEDIA GENERAL) – Donta Allen, the other prisoner inside the police transport van with Freddie Gray, clarified his story Thursday to WJZ, a Baltimore TV news station.
Allen says he wants to set the record straight after The Washington Post reported Wednesday that an internal police report quoted Allen as saying it seemed Freddie Gray was intentionally trying to hurt himself.
“All I did was go straight to the station, but I heard a little banging like he was banging his head,” Allen told WJZ. “And they are trying to make it seem like I told them that … like Freddie Gray did that to himself. Why the (expletive) would he do that to himself?”
Gray died April 19, one week after being arrested and suffering a fatal spinal cord injury while in police custody. His suspicious death has sparked protests and riots in Baltimore.
Reports emerged Thursday that the Baltimore police investigation says Gray suffered the fatal injury after his head slammed into the back of the police van. Sources familiar with the filed report told WJLA a wound on Gray’s head matches a bolt from the back of the van. According to WJLA’s report, the person who drove the police van has yet to give an official statement to authorities.
Allen reportedly was arrested for stealing a cigarette from a store. He was not charged, but was brought to the station.
“I talked to homicide. I told homicide the same story,” Allen said.
“I had two options today, right? Either come and talk to y’all and get my credibility straight with y’all and not get killed by these (expletive), or not tell a true story. The only reason I’m doing this is because they put my name in a bad state.”
According to WJZ, Allen’s statements are included in the police investigation that was turned over to Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore’s state attorney, on Thursday.