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Medical Professionals Will Try to Determine Just How Gray’s Neck was Injured

Protestors stand outside of the Baltimore Police Department's Western District police station during a march and vigil for Freddie Gray, Tuesday, April 21, 2015, in Baltimore. Gray died from spinal injuries a week after he was arrested and transported in a police van. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Protestors stand outside of the Baltimore Police Department’s Western District police station during a march and vigil for Freddie Gray, Tuesday, April 21, 2015, in Baltimore. Gray died from spinal injuries a week after he was arrested and transported in a police van. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Meredith Cohn, THE BALTIMORE SUN

 
BALTIMORE (The Baltimore Sun) — When some medical experts look at the choppy, grainy video of Freddie Gray’s arrest, they see that he has a spinal cord injury. Others are not so sure.

“He can’t use his legs,” said Dr. Mary Anne Whelan, a retired neurologist from Cooperstown, N.Y. “It’s entirely consistent with a spinal cord injury.”

“It’s so hard to tell” from a video whether there’s damage to a neck and spine or the extent of it, said Dr. Robert E. Harbaugh, president of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

Neither one is involved in the investigation into Gray’s death in police custody about a week after the 25-year-old West Baltimore man was chased, wrestled to the ground and put in a police transport van April 12. But medical experts say the video is likely only one piece of evidence officials will examine as they try to determine what happened.

 

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