Autopsy of Freddie Gray………….

Freddie Gray suffered a single “high-energy injury” — like those seen in shallow-water diving incidents — most likely caused when the police van in which he was riding suddenly decelerated, according to a copy of the autopsy report obtained by The Baltimore Sun.

The state medical examiner’s office concluded that Gray’s death fit the medical and legal definition of an accident, but ruled it to be a homicide because officers failed to follow safety procedures “through acts of omission.”

Though Gray was loaded into the van on his belly, the medical examiner surmised that he may have gotten to his feet and was thrown into the wall during an abrupt change in direction. He was not belted in, but his wrists and ankles were shackled, making him “at risk for an unsupported fall during acceleration or deceleration of the van.”

Gray, 25, was arrested April 12 following a foot pursuit by officers in the Gilmor Homes area, and suffered a severe spinal injury while in police custody. His death a week later sparked protests over police brutality and unrest in the city — including looting and rioting — that drew international attention to the case.

The Baltimore state’s attorney’s office charged the six officers involved in Gray’s arrest and death. Officer Caesar R. Goodson Jr., the driver of the van, is charged with second-degree depraved heart murder, while three other officers are charged with manslaughter. The remaining officers face lesser charges.

All of the officers have pleaded not guilty, and a trial has been set for October.

The autopsy report was completed April 30, the day before State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced criminal charges against the officers. The autopsy has not been made public, and the deadline for releasing evidence in the case to defense lawyers is Friday. A copy of the autopsy was obtained and verified by sources who requested anonymity because of the high-profile nature of the case.

Mosby’s office and the state medical examiner declined to comment.

Gray tested positive for opiates and cannabinoid when he was admitted to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, according to the autopsy. The report makes no further reference to the drugs found in his system.

The report does not note any previous injuries to Gray’s spine.

The autopsy details a chronology of the events surrounding Gray’s arrest that helped inform the medical examiner’s conclusion. The medical examiner relied upon witness statements, videos and an examination of the transport van.

While bystanders captured his arrest on video, showing Gray moaning for help, the autopsy concluded that Gray suffered no injuries to suggest a neck hold or stemming from physical restraint. Assistant medical examiner Carol H. Allan noted that Gray could be seen bearing weight on his legs and speaking as he was loaded into the van.

Officers placed Gray on a metal bench running from front to back along the outside wall of the van. After the doors were closed, he could be heard yelling and banging, “causing the van to rock,” the autopsy noted.

The van made several stops. The second stop occurred a few blocks away, where officers placed an identification band and leg restraints on Gray.

“Reportedly, Mr. Gray was still yelling and shaking the van,” the medical examiner wrote. “He was removed from the van and placed on the ground in a kneeling position, facing the van doors, while ankle cuffs were placed, and then slid onto the floor of the van, belly down and head first, reportedly still verbally and physically active.”

Authorities previously said the third stop was captured on video, which showed the van driver, Goodson, getting out and looking in the back.

During a fourth stop, authorities said Goodson called for assistance, at which point Sgt. Alicia White, one of the officers who has been charged with manslaughter, got involved.

“The assisting officer opened the doors and observed Mr. Gray lying belly down on the floor with his head facing the cabin compartment, and reportedly he was asking for help, saying he couldn’t breathe, couldn’t get up, and needed a medic,” the autopsy says. “The officer assisted Mr. Gray to the bench and the van continued on its way.”

When the van made a fifth stop to pick up a second arrestee, “Mr. Gray was found kneeling on the floor, facing the front of the van and slumped over to his right against the bench, and reportedly appeared lethargic with minimal responses to direct questions,” the report says.

The medical examiner concluded that Gray’s most significant injury was to the lower left part of his head. Given the descriptions of his demeanor and positioning in the van, it most likely occurred after the second and before fourth stops made by the van driver, and possibly before the third stop, according to the autopsy.

While it’s possible Gray was hurt while lying on the floor and moving back and forth, Allan determined his body likely couldn’t have moved in that position with enough force to cause his injuries.

Allan surmised that Gray could have gotten to his feet using the bench and opposite wall. With his hands and ankles restrained, and unable to see out of the van and anticipate turns, she said he was at a high risk for an unsupported fall.

She also noted the possibility that Gray’s neck injury occurred “with him in a partially reclining position or as he was changing his position on the floor of the van,” if the van moved abruptly enough.

The injury to Gray’s spinal cord would have caused loss of function of his limbs, and would have “direct effects” on his ability to breathe, according to the autopsy.

Police had said in a court filing that the second passenger reported hearing Gray banging and kicking through the metal divider before the fifth stop. Allan said that would not have been possible given Gray’s injuries, but he may have been suffering a seizure at the time, which could have caused the noise, she said.

Retailers to pull Confederate flag merchandise………….

Momentum to eradicate public displays of the Confederate flag continued to build Tuesday as more retailers and online marketplaces, including Amazon and eBay, joined Walmart to remove rebel-flagged items from their shelves and websites.

After Walmart and its 11,000 stores led the way Monday night by sweeping from shelves any product bearing the Confederate battle flag, retail giants Sears, Amazon and eBay followed suit.

“We believe it has become a contemporary symbol of divisiveness and racism,” said eBay spokesperson Johnna Hoff.

“We never want to offend anyone with the products we offer,” Walmart said in a statement.

A spokeswoman for Amazon confirmed that the company is pulling down Confederate flag merchandise.

Etsy.com, the peer-to-peer online marketplace of independent sellers, also said Tuesday it would bar items emblazoned with the Confederate flag.

“Etsy’s policies prohibit items or listings that promote, support or glorify hatred and these items fall squarely into that category,” spokeswoman Sara Cohen said.

Southern state governments found themselves mired in the same controversy.

On Tuesday, protesters rallied at South Carolina’s statehouse to ask legislators to make good on South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s vow to remove the Confederate battle flag from its place of honor on the Statehouse grounds, where it has stood since legislators removed it in 2000 from atop the Capitol dome.

The South Carolina House and Senate passed resolutions Tuesday to allow debate on the issue.

In Mississippi, citizens started a petition to erase the stars-and-bars image from its emblematic position on the state flag of Mississippi.

In Virginia, Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe vowed to pull it as choice of emblem on vehicle license plates — a step allowable since a recent Supreme Court ruling found that it was not protected speech.

“It’s display on state-issued license tags is, in my view, unnecessarily divisive and hurtful to too many of our people,” McAuliffe said.

And Tennessee Republican Gov. Bill Haslam said Tuesday he also wants the flag removed from license plates, and the bust of Ku Klux Klan founder Nathan Bedford Forest pulled out of the Tennessee statehouse.

The stampede against an historical icon long considered by detractors a symbol of slavery and racism began last week with pastors and activists imploring marketer to shun the image and politicians to take down the flag following the shooting Wednesday of nine people attending a Bible study at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C.

Police charged 21-year-old Dylann Roof, who allegedly published a manifesto against African Americans, Jews and Hispanics. A photo on his website showed him casually resting a small Confederate flag onto his shoulder while staring at the camera over the rims of his sunglasses.

Actual flag makers say there isn’t much of a market anyway for the Confederate version in the U.S.

“It’s not something regularly produced,” says Reggie Vandenbosch, chairman of the Flag Manufacturers Association of America. “It’s not even a tenth of a percent of the overall business.”

He says there are roughly 150 million U.S. flags made every year by American manufacturers. Association members plan to get together to discuss continuing to manufacture the Confederate flag, he says, but in the meantime, Valley Forge Flag, where Vandenbosch is vice president of sales, plans to stop selling it.

“There’s been a seachange moment out there and the issue has really come to light,” he says. “We’re just simply not going to participate in production or selling of these out of sensitivity and not wanting to create anybody any additional emotional pain.”

Emotional PAIN seriously!!! This is all about money plain and simple and they are playing into the current fad.

Personally I think the black community is extremely capable of speaking for themselves and are well represented. I do not feel they need anyone speaking for them. They are well educated and have some very good opportunities in this country. To say we need to remove a piece of our history because of someone’s cause is irresponsible. There is a reason we have museums and places to reflect. One of those reasons is to learn from it. To totally ban something is not learning but a form of repression and personally I think as many who come here from all over the world are allowed their history and symbols but we continue to stifle our own. Another point to that is the constant desecration of American flag that seems to be the popular fad of the day. There is a reason people come here for a better life, but yet we do not want them to know what has happened in our history to make it a better place to live.

Samsung Video Truck ( they do it all don’t they?)………………..


Anyone with a license has likely had the frustrating experience of getting stuck behind a slow truck on a two-lane road, wanting desperately to pass it, but never knowing if it’s quite safe. Samsung has a surprising solution: Look right through it.

The company developed a “safety truck” with a wireless camera mounted on the grill that streams live video to four large screens on the back. That way, the person following the truck can see what the truck driver is seeing — and can spot a safe moment to accelerate out in front.

Samsung developed and tested the truck in Argentina, where traffic accident rates are among the highest in the world and two-lane highways are prevalent.


The prototype truck Samsung built is “no longer operational,” according to the website, but Samsung said is has shown the concept works “and that this idea can definitely save the lives of many people.” The truck will have to go through further tests, approvals and permitting before the accident-preventing technology can be put to use. To that end, Samsung is working with safe-driving NGOs and the Argentinian government.

It isn’t likely to make its way up to North American roads any time in the foreseeable future. And as cool as the concept is, one has to wonder if this is the best place to put safety efforts.

“Although it has some good intentions, I can’t help but feel it itself is a distraction to driving,” said CNET’s Bridget Carey.

“We’re heading more toward self driving cars,” she added, which might be a better candidate for new safety-focused technologies. “I feel like this is more for show.”

Plus, she pointed out, we’re bound to “feel like we’re smarter than a camera, smarter than a computer. We’re still going to go around it.”

Dipshit of the day: School bus driver arrested for DUI while driving kids

A Virginia school bus driver who was arrested for driving under the influence while transporting several children Monday needed police to hold her up as she stumbled while taking a sobriety test, a witness said.

Dorothy Youngs, 60, is seen in cell phone footage struggling to walk a straight line in a parking lot after police, responding to 911 calls of a reckless driver, pulled her over in Virginia Beach.

“The cop had to stop her from falling over. She was out of it, just laughing, had no idea what was going on,” witness Hunter Moore told local station News Channel 3.

“They started doing the finger, and then that wasn’t working so they put her on the lines and she started falling,” he said.

Youngs was driving a privately-owned school bus full of students between the ages of 5 and 12 when concerned citizens allegedly saw her swerving about 3:30 p.m., the Virginia Beach Police Department said.

She was strapped down in a stretcher after the failed field sobriety test, video shows.

Youngs was charged with driving under the influence of drugs.

There were no reported injuries, police said. But that could have just been luck, Moore told the news station.

Retro of the day: Metallica

One” is an anti-war song by the American heavy metal band Metallica.[1] It was released as the third and final single from their fourth album …And Justice for All and is the fourth track on the album. “One” was also the band’s first Top 40 hit single, reaching number 35 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The song starts off in a soft melodic setting, but it develops through multiple sections into heavier and faster speed metal sounds,[2] leading up to a technically complex tapping solo by Kirk Hammett,[3] and a dual guitar section by Hammett and James Hetfield.[1]

Metallica performed “One” for the 1988 Grammy Awards show broadcast from Los Angeles. The next year the song won a Grammy Award in the first Best Metal Performance category.[4] The song is one of the band’s most popular pieces and has remained a live staple since the release of the album, making this the most played song from the album …And Justice for All.

Chart positions

Chart (1989–1994) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[7]

5

Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[8]

23

Finland (Suomen virallenen lista)[9]

1

Germany (Official German Charts)[10]

31

Ireland (IRMA)

12

Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[11]

3

New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[12]

13

Norway (VG-lista)[13]

4

Spain (AFYVE)[14]

14

Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[15]

3

Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[16]

22

UK Singles (Official Charts Company

13

U.S. Billboard Hot 100

35