As Baltimore burns, Freddie Gray’s long criminal history comes to light

LiveLeak-dot-com-b07_1430103602-8694e5d7291b55eec3ecc435e75683bb_1430103628In the wake of 25-year-old Freddie Gray’s death while in police custody, the city of Baltimore is being rocked by riots, looting, and arson. While the mainstream media is painting a picture of Gray being a fun loving and happy-go-lucky ladies man, new media is reporting that the deceased actually has a lengthy record of involvement with Baltimore police as well as the state’s judicial system. Starting since he was 17, Gray’s police record consisted of 18 separate arrests ranging from peddling drugs, to false statements against law enforcement, to assault.

Founded in 1999 as a hipster-oriented internet music and news site, but since shifting to predominantly hard news, Heavy.com (via Google News) reported on April 27, 2015, that according to the Maryland Department of Justice official website, Gray’s criminal record is not only broad and eclectic, but he also spent a yet to be disclosed amount of time as a guest of the taxpayers in one of Maryland’s state prisons. The internet news portal is also reporting that court documents obtained by The Guardian (of Great Britain) shows that Gray “was charged with unlawful possession of a switch blade knife, which was found after he was detained.”

Furthermore, the Associated Press is noting that Gray’s been a frequent flier of the Maryland judicial system’s carousel in and out of prison on various drug convictions since 2008. Gray was also set to start a trial next month on drug charges stemming from a prior arrest last December.  As Heavy.com published of Gray’s rap sheet:

  •     March 20, 2015: Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance
  •     March 13, 2015: Malicious destruction of property, second-degree assault
  •     January 20, 2015: Fourth-degree burglary, trespassing
  •     January 14, 2015: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to    distribute
  •     December 31, 2014: Possession of narcotics with intent to distribute
  •     December 14, 2014: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance
  •     August 31, 2014: Illegal gambling, trespassing
  •     January 25, 2014: Possession of marijuana
  •     September 28, 2013: Distribution of narcotics, unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance, second-degree assault, second- degree escape
  •     April 13, 2012: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance, violation of probation
  •     July 16, 2008: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession with intent to distribute
  •     March 28, 2008: Unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance
  •     March 14, 2008: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to manufacture and distribute
  •     February 11, 2008: Unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of a controlled dangerous substance
  •     August 29, 2007: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, violation of probation
  •     August 28, 2007: Possession of marijuana
  •     August 23, 2007: False statement to a peace officer, unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance
  •     July 16, 2007: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance (2 counts)

However, The Washington Post is portraying Gray in a much different light. According to The Post, he was well known to the old-timers as well as the children around West Baltimore’s Gilmor Homes public housing project with his “laugh with his off-key singing and perpetual smile.” Not ending there, it was also noted “He seduced the girls with his ‘swag.'”