Freddie Grey’s Lawyer: Additional Video May Exist
(BALTIMORE) — On the lawn of the funeral parlor where Freddie Grey lies in state, Jason Downs told ABC News on Sunday that his firm believes more video may exist of the fatal encounter with Baltimore police.
Downs said additional video either hasn’t been found yet or the police are refusing to release, specifically mentioning an unknown witness on surveillance footage of the arrest.
Downs said his firm is frustrated with a lack of information — including failure to release police communication traffic logs or 911 tapes, saying “we dont even know if they exist,” but that it would not change the outcome.
“To our knowledge there is absolutely no legal reason” for police to withhold the existence of that evidence, according to Downs.
“When he was unlawfully arrested he was not breaking any laws,” Downs said, stating that running from the police is not in itself a crime.
“If there was ever a case for why a young black male should run away from the police this is it,” he said.
Grey’s wake on Sunday was a mostly quiet stream of friends, family, and supporters trickling in and out.
Timika Patterson described Freddie as “nice and quiet,” “playful but not disrespectful,” and the entire situation “shocking” when compared to the civil rights era of previous generations.
“So many pictures of history, Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, and for me standing here in 2015,” she said.
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