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Gray's spinal injury suggests 'forceful trauma,' doctors say
Gray's spinal injury suggests 'forceful trauma,' doctors say

Spinal injuries such as those that led to Freddie Gray's death while in police custody require "significant force" akin to the impact from a car accident and can fatally impair the body's ability to regulate blood flow and breathing, according to medical experts. Deputy Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez said Monday that the 25-year-old Gray died of "a very tragic injury to his spinal cord," the bundle of nerves that carries messages between the brain and the rest of the body. Gray died Sunday, one week after his arrest in West Baltimore. Details about Gray's injury and what caused it remain unknown. Police did not release results of an autopsy conducted...