People pray during a rally in front of City Hall in Baltimore May 3, 2015, calling for peace following widespread unrest stemming from protests over the death of Freddie Gray, 25, who suffered a serious spinal injury while in the back of a police van April 12, 2015. 

Although Freddie Gray said that he wasn’t doing well and requested an inhaler, one of the six officers charged in his death believed that the dying 25-year-old was just suffering from “jailitis,” investigators have discovered, according to an exclusive in the Baltimore Sun.

It was not disclosed which officer made the attempt at humor despite Gray’s insistence that he was unwell during the 45-minute ride, which included multiple stops.


Investigators have been working to figure out the details of Gray’s death, including demonstrating the leghold officers restrained the young man with, and ruling out that his fatal injury could have been caused by the leg lock.

“From that maneuver, even if you slammed him or dropped him like a wrestling move, you still won’t have a neurological injury,” orthopedic surgeon Dr. David Higgins said, according to the Sun.


The Sun said that it was granted exclusive access to the task force and its investigation but agreed not to publish the details until after Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby announced whether or not charges would be pressed against the officers.

On Friday, Mosby announced that all six officers would be charged, announcing charges ranging from manslaughter to misconduct in office. One officer, the driver of the van in which Gray was allegedly injured, Officer Caesar R. Goodson Jr., was charged with second-degree depraved-heart murder.


Read more at the Baltimore Sun.