A man was critically injured in a videotaped encounter with Baltimore police in the Gilmor Homes area of West Baltimore Sunday, prompting an internal use-of-force investigation of the officers, officials said.
About four bicycle officers tried to stop the man at about 9 a.m. in the 1600 block of North Ave., Deputy Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez said in a Monday afternoon news conference about the incident. The suspect ran, and police caught him, he said.
"During that arrest, the video, which we believe captures only a portion of it, shows the officers attempting to detain this individual, keep him on the ground," the deputy commissioner said. "There's a lot of screaming and yelling; there's a lot of folks in the background.
"At no time — and I've seen the video a number of times — did I see the use of force at that moment, but again the video is a portion of the incident."
Police did not identify the man, however, family members identified him as Freddie Gray, 27, of the 400 block of E. Lorraine Ave. in Greenmount. Gray's stepfather Richard Shipley said he was in an induced coma with three or more broken vertabrae Monday night.
Rodriguez would not say how he was injured or why police stopped him. He said he suffered "medical distress" and declined to elaborate, out of respect for his medical privacy.
"Right now we know this individual had contact with the police," he said. "We know this individual suffered an injury. We don't know what the cause is yet."
The officers have been placed on administrative assignment pending the outcome of the investigation. Police ask any additional witnesses of the incident to come forward.