6 firms bid on equipping Baltimore police vans with cameras after Freddie Gray's death

Baltimore seeking to equip all 23 police vans with cameras after Freddie Gray's death

Six firms have submitted bids to supply video cameras to record the inside of Baltimore's police vans — after the death of Freddie Gray this year drew renewed attention to detainees suffering injuries in the back of such vehicles.

City officials asked companies in August for proposals to supply "in-vehicle video camera" systems for the police department's fleet of 23 transport vans. The city expects the systems to be equipped with GPS and touch screens and come with a training program for how to use the devices.

The most expensive bid came from Annapolis-based TeleCommunications System Inc., which proposed a contract of $632,000. The least expensive bid came from Kansas-based Digital Ally, which proposed a $43,000 contract.

The Board of Estimates, which is controlled by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, will decide the winning bidder.

Gray, 25, sustained a severe spinal injury in the back of the police van following his arrest on April 12, and died a week later. Six officers are charged in his death.

Several detainees have sued the department over the years, alleging they have been hurt in police vans — most notably the relatives of Dondi Johnson Sr., who won a $7.4 million court judgment after he was left paralyzed, and soon died, after a 2005 police van ride that fractured his neck

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