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Report: Private Citizens Mistakenly ID'd as 2 Cops in Freddie Gray Arrest

By    |   Tuesday, 05 May 2015 08:05 PM

The Baltimore Police Department misidentified two of its officers arrested in the death of Freddie Gray, resulting in private citizens getting bombarded by phone calls.

According to a Baltimore Sun report,  the arrest warrants for two of the six officers — Sgt. Alicia White and Lt. Brian Rice — were drawn up incorrectly.

The private residents have the same names as the officers, who were misidentified on court documents publicly available.

In White's case, for example, the Sun reports the middle initial was correct on the paperwork, but the contact information, height, weight, and the driver's license number all belonged to the private citizen, not the police sergeant.

Information was also wrong on Rice's paperwork, although it's not known what the mistake was.

The blunder led to an elementary school cafeteria manager from East Baltimore named Alicia White and the parents of a plumber named Brian Rice receiving phone calls from journalists and bail bondsmen in the hours after the officers were formally charged in Gray's death.

Attorney Jeremy Eldridge is working with White about the mixup.

"The middle initial was off. Her address, her height, her weight, her driver's license number — all of the information was my client's information," Eldridge told the Sun. "Her life has been a living hell the past four days.

"In light of the violence and emotion our city has seen, to not send someone out and tell her, 'Hey, we issued a warrant for you by mistake' is unreal."

The Sun reports the two private citizens were never approached by officers looking to arrest them. The mistake was in the paperwork, but the department was working with the officers to have them surrender.

Gray was arrested and put into a police van on April 12, but when the van arrived at the police station a short time later, he was unresponsive. He died on April 19 of a severe spinal injury.

According to a prisoner on the other side of the van, Gray may have been trying to injure himself. The day after that was reported, however, the man said that did not appear to be the case.

"When I got in the van, I didn’t hear nothing. … It was a smooth ride. We went straight to the police station," Donta Allen said. "All I heard was a little banging for about four seconds."

Allen said he first thought Gray was "banging his head," but now he's convinced "they did something to him and his body's been wobbling back there. … He can't hurt himself back in no paddy wagon."

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