Could Twitter Shape the Outcome of the Freddie Gray Investigation?

Lillian Boyd
Through the power of social media, protestors and journalists alike work toward making sense of Freddie Gray's death, one tweet at a time.

Baltimore has faced a growing amount of turmoil since 25-year-old Freddie Gray’s death while in police custody. Most recently, Police Commissioner Anthony Batts announced the department would hand over the investigation of his death to the state and to the Department of Justice.

Additionally, an anonymous Baltimore inmate informed investigators he could hear Gray “banging against the walls,” giving him the impression he “was intentionally trying to injure himself.” Business Reporter interviewed Donta Allen, the second inmate in the van -- and he denies that statement entirely.

"They trying to make it seem like I told them that, I made it like Freddie Gray did that to himself. . . why the [expletive] would he do that to himself?

There is a lack of detail on why Gray was apprehended to begin with and how he sustained spinal injuries, (hence the protests). The mystery behind Gray’s death leaves protestors demanding answers and Twitter users trying to piece it all together.One fact is confirmed: Gray was found unconscious upon arrival of the police station after having requested medical attention.

Twitter handle Shaun King has been diligently posting his speculations and citizen-journalism reports. 

Shaun King wrote an investigative piece for The Daily Kos but has been using Twitter to make the information more accessible--And it's working, with retweets by the thousands. 

Other Twitter users collaborate to make sense of the available information regarding Freddie Gray.

As the state and the Department of Justice take over the investigation for Freddie Gray's death, the Twitter journalism community will continue their scrutiny as well. 

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