Transcript for Baltimore Police Union Weighs in on Freddie Gray's Death
Now, to the breaking news out of Baltimore tonight. These images coming in at this hour. Growing protests in the streets as outrage widens in that case making national headlines. The suspect taken into custody, put in that van. He would later die, his spine nearly severed. The central question, when and how did it happen? Tonight, the police union coming forward late today, defending their officers, saying they're unsure if that suspect was wearing his seat belt. ABC's David Kerley in Baltimore. Reporter: This video of the arrest of fredie gray, who died in police custody, doesn't explain his severe spinal injury according the Baltimore police union. Five of the six officers involved, including the arresting officers, have been interviewed. The union says gray was not wearing a seat belt and it believes he was injured not during this arrest, but in the van. Saying they just don't know how. That is not enough for citizens, who are pouring out onto the streets. Police brutality is at an all-time high and it just needs to stop. Reporter: Gray's mother collapsed, his sister in tears. Tension here is nothing new. In just the past four years, nearly $6 million paid out to settle about 100 cases of police misconduct, according to the Baltimore sun. Since last winter, the federal government has been investigating the entire department at the request of the mayor, as she says, long before Ferguson. We have been in the trenches doing this work. Reporter: But you are getting grouped in with all of those cases. Is that a concern? I have no concern about how we are being grouped. I have a very serious concern about getting to the bottom of what happened with Mr. Gray. Reporter: For another night, a couple of hundred protesters took to the streets of Baltimore again. The protesters have chosen the police station near the scene of the arrest, which is sure rounded by officers and barricades for their latest protest. So far, peaceful, and that is the hope that it stays that way, as the protesters await even more answers. David? David Kerley tonight in Baltimore.
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