The Truth about Freddie Gray, Remembering the Beirut Blast, A Climate Change Gamechanger
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In a new book, Baltimore journalist Justine Barron argues that the story most people believe about the end of Freddie Gray’s life is wrong. Gray’s death due to injuries he sustained in police custody sparked protests across the country in 2015. The media and the prosecutors who brought the criminal case against the responsible officers said that the cause of Gray’s injuries was the officers’ failure to properly strap him into a police van before a “rough ride.” The much more likely story according to Barron is that officers intentionally threw him headfirst into a vehicle while assaulting him, causing the neck injury that killed him. She also contends that the prosecutor’s office never comprehensively investigated the circumstances of the case, accepting the officers’ own statements as truth. This was at least in part because any more violent story than the one the officers were telling would have aggravated the protests. Christians should be consistently committed to truth seeking, and I thank God for the unfortunately small minority of reporters who question police accounts. You can read an interview with Barron about the book and more of the details she uncovered here.