Changes in Police Transport Van Practices a Year After Freddie Gray’s Death

BALTIMORE (WBFF) — With Freddie Gray’s death one year ago, police are questioned about their handling of arrestees in police vans. Police answer with new oversight and equipment.

Police admit they did not put a seatbelt on Freddie Gray. A 1997 order demanded suspects be “secured with seat/restraint belts” unless doing so places officers “in any danger.”

A new policy released nine days before Gray’s arrest, removed the danger exception and instructed, “All passengers shall be restrained by seat belts.”

Commissioner Kevin Davis says police are inspecting seatbelt use compliance. The last inspection was passed with a 100-percent score. Cameras will soon be installed in the vans. Van layouts were changed to make it easier for police to put people in them, and new seatbelts are tougher to get out of.

“We are much further along than we were last year,” Davis says.