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Video: Baltimore to Spend More Than $200K to Enhance Safety in Prisoner Vans

January 14, 2016  | 

VIDEO: Baltimore to Spend More Than $200K to Enhance Safety in Prisoner Vans

Major changes are in the works for Baltimore City police vans. Close to a quarter of a million dollars will soon be spent on new designs to improve officer and prisoner safety.

The issue of safety came into light last April when 25-year-old Freddie Gray suffered a severe spinal injury after he was loaded in the back of a police van. Gray died a week later.

His death sparked riots and led to six officers being charged for their role in his arrest and death.

Center walls that were used as a divider are now gone, giving police more access to prisoners; seats were turned to bucket seats to stop prisoners from sliding; and a side door was added for an extra entryway, WJZ TV reports.

Changes will be made to 13 existing vans while 10 new ones are bought. Each will be equipped with video cameras.

Police say they’re hoping the new vans are in place by March.

Comments (6)

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Leonard Mather @ 1/14/2016 4:43 PM

Spending 200K is an example of a CYA if there ever was one. It dovetails with their idiotic move to give settlement money to the Gray family BEFORE the case was adjudicated, The Title of this chapter could be "Reaching for Straws."

Percy @ 1/14/2016 5:11 PM

Or they could simply do their jobs and strap people in as they are supposed to, and if as Porter says he wasn't shown how figure it out. No one ever showed me how they worked but I was able to figure it out.

And try not taking people for rough rides. You are there to enforce laws, arrest suspects and bring them in. You are NOT in charge of punishment.

There, problem solved 200k saved give it to a soup kitchen or charity.

xxxxx @ 1/16/2016 1:31 PM

Or the low lives of Baltimore could just behave and save the taxpayers another 200,000 dollars. So far this idiot has cost the city 6.6 million. I'm glad I don't live there nor will I ever go there again.

Percy @ 1/16/2016 3:16 PM

Exactly which idiot are you speaking of?
I'm also glad I don't live there, and I have no plans on visiting either.
The cops there are out of control.

xxxxx @ 1/16/2016 7:07 PM

No, I trust the cops. It's the rest of the city I don't trust you toolbag

Percy @ 1/16/2016 9:43 PM

Yes dear.
Oh good another person who believes hurling insults will solve all problems.
You must know SS.

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