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Friend of Officer Who Drove Freddie Gray Reveals What He Thinks May Have Caused Gray’s Injuries


"I think that Freddie Gray was highly upset..."

A friend of the officers involved in the Freddie Gray arrest spoke to Fox News host Megyn Kelly Thursday night and revealed what he thought to be the cause of Gray's injuries.

"His defenders have said, 'Well, he didn't go out there and break his own neck. Why would he do that?'" Kelly asked the man, who had his identify concealed.

"I think that Freddie Gray was highly upset that he got lucked up and I believe he shouldn't have and I believe he was just banging the van. Because I think he was just trying to get his point across. And I believe he was trying to get the attention of the driver to stop and talk to him ... and I believe that may have caused his injures," the individual said.

Multiple law enforcement sources told WJLA-TV that Gray suffered a “catastrophic injury” when he slammed his back into the van and broke his neck. A bolt in the van matched his head injury, the sources said.

[sharequote align="right"]"It's a little disheartening that he's just being thrown under the bus right now..."[/sharequote]

The Washington Post on Wednesday published a story quoting Donta Allen, the man who rode in the van with Gray, saying he heard Gray “banging against the walls.” According to the report, which cited a leaked investigative document, he told investigators he thought Gray was “intentionally trying to injure himself.”

In an interview Thursday with WJZ-TV, Allen said he "heard a little banging like he was banging his head," but said his words were taken out of context in The Washington Post's report.

“They trying to make it seem like I told them that, I made it like Freddie Gray did that to himself,” Allen said. “Why the f*** would he do that to himself?”

The source who spoke with Kelly contended that the man who was driving the police van Gray was in is a "genuine, good hearted guy."

"I've known him for quite some time now," Greg said. "He will give you the shirt off his back...It's a little disheartening that he's just being thrown under the bus right now. Somebody needs to speak up for him," the man said.

"He has such a good heart, even with prisoners he's caring," the source added. "I just don't think it's right how the media has thrown him under the bus."

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