The video of Freddie Gray’s death was recorded by his friend, Kevin Moore.
“I hear him screaming,” Moore said Friday. “Those screams from that video — it haunts me every night.”
The Gray case has been headline news in Baltimore and nationwide, but in that moment on the morning of April 12, Moore wasn’t thinking about media attention. He said he just wanted to capture a moment he thought others should see — what he calls the truth about life in Sandtown.
“I’m straight from the mud. All I know is raw, uncut truth,” Moore told WBAL.
Six Baltimore city police officers were charged Friday in connection with Gray’s death while in police custody.
State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said Gray’s arrest was illegal and unjustified, and that his neck was broken because he was handcuffed, shackled and placed head-first into a police van, where his pleas for medical attention were repeatedly ignored as he bounced around inside the small metal box.
“If I was being beat by police, or if I was being brutalized and excessive force, I would want somebody to record it for me. I would want somebody to show my story — the story of my last dying breaths.” Moore said.
Court records indicated that all six officers posted bond and were released Friday night.
“I think about it as being in the right place at the right time. You know what I mean? If I hadn’t been there, these guys would have gotten away with it — another life swept under the rug,” Moore said.