The second man inside the Baltimore Police transport van with Freddie Gray is disputing a report in The Washington Post that claimed he had heard Gray deliberately beating his head against the walls in a bid to injure himself.
In an interview Thursday with Baltimore TV station WJZ, Donta Allen said he was that second man, but accused the police of distorting what he had told them. That interview was cited in a police search warrant, which the Post acquired and built its story around and published Wednesday night.
Mr. Allen sought out WJZ in what he called an attempt to save his life from retaliation. The Post report said that it got the police document only on condition that it not name the second prison because he fears retaliation.
“I had two options today right, either come and talk to y’all and get my credibility straight with y’all and not get killed by these [expletive] or not tell a true story,” he said. “The only reason I’m doing this is because they put my name in a bad state.”
He acknowledged hearing “a little banging” but called the police interpretation of his words absurd and not what he told them.
“And they trying to make it seem like I told them that, I made it like Freddie Gray did that to himself,” Mr. Allen said. “Why the [expletive] would he do that to himself?”