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Medical Examiner: Freddie Gray’s Spine ‘Kinked’

An assistant state medical examiner who examined Freddie Gray’s body says his spinal cord was “kinked” by the injury he suffered while riding in the back of a police van.

Dr. Carol Allan testified Friday in Baltimore during the manslaughter trial of city police officer William Porter. Prosecutors say Porter could have prevented Gray’s death by buckling him into a seat in the van, as required by department policy, or calling an ambulance at some point during Gray’s 45-minute trip.

Allan says the initial injury to Gray’s spine would have been made worse by movement.

She says, “Any kind of movement after the primary injury occurred was going to cause more injury.”