FREDDIE GRAY INVESTIGATION
Next step: Baltimore police handed over its report yesterday on the probe into Freddie Gray’s death to Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. Various media outlets, citing “multiple law enforcement sources,” say the report found no evidence Gray died as the result of injuries caused during his arrest but instead died of an injury he suffered in the police van. Mosby confirmed that she had received the police department’s investigative report and that her office was conducting its own independent investigation into Gray’s April 19 death. She gave no indication if or when she would pursue charges in the case. Police also revealed that the van Gray was traveling in after his arrest made a previously unknown stop on the way to the police precinct.
OKLAHOMA RESERVE DEPUTY
Changes: The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office makes changes to its reserve deputy program, after Robert Bates shot a suspect he meant to subdue with a Taser. Now reserve deputies can’t patrol alone and the reserve program’s “advanced classification” will be postponed while deputy training is reviewed. Bates was classified as an advanced reserve deputy in April when he shot and killed suspect Eric Harris. He has pleaded not guilty to a second-degree murder charge. Harris’ family alleges Bates didn’t have proper training but was allowed to “play cop” because he donated vehicles and other equipment to the sheriff’s office.
Naval escort: U.S. commercial ships will now get a military escort through the Strait of Hormuz. The Pentagon announced this yesterday, in response to recent harassment of U.S. commercial vessels by ships from Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. Not every commercial ship will necessarily be accompanied by the Navy, but this is a big change from past U.S. military posture in the Strait. The Pentagon hopes to reduce the risk of confrontation, since any Iranian seizure of a U.S.-flagged vessel could provoke an international incident.
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