This guy needs to get out of Baltimore ASAP. Too many people have a vested interest in a very specific narrative from him for it to be a safe place.
*Note* As you read/listen to this it’s important to understand Donte’ Allen does not consider Homicide detectives to be “the police”. To his reference they are separate: he talked to Homicide, he did not talk to police.
Lastly, if you watch the video, and you understand the ramifications to this young man, you recognize ALL of his statements have the classic approval of LEO. Meaning Donte’ is permitted to say anything to media or outside parties, even if it contradicts what he has forthrightly told police, if he feels it makes him safer within a community that might not like the information communicated to LEO. The same approvals were applied to Dorian Johnson in Ferguson.
BALTIMORE —The other man who was loaded into the police transport van carrying Freddie Gray spoke out Thursday for the first time.
West Baltimore resident Donta Allen, 22, was the second man loaded into the police van near the end of the run on April 12.
He raised controversy with what he told police because he told them something he really he had to speculate on because he wouldn’t have known for sure.
“On the morning of April 12, I went into a store right here at Penn/North Avenue to get a cigarette,” Allen said.
Allen was picked up by city police at the corner of Pennsylvania and North avenues on a suspicion of stealing. The city’s camera system recorded the van that arrived and picked up Allen. It was the same van that was carrying Gray.
Allen said he did not know a man was already in the van. Gray was on the right side and Allen was loaded on the left side with a divider separating them.
Allen described what he heard: “When I got in the van, I didn’t hear nothing. It was a smooth ride. We went straight to the police station. All I heard was a little banging for about four seconds. I just heard little banging, just little banging.”
Asked whether he told police whether he heard Gray banging his head against the van, Allen said, “I told homicide that. I don’t work for the police. I did not tell the police nothing.”
[…] Allen told the 11 News I-Team what he heard when the van arrived at the Western District Police Station: “When we got to the police station, they said he didn’t have no pulse or nothing. They called his name, ‘Mr. Gray, Mr. Gray.’ And he wasn’t responsive.”
Allen said that once they got to the Western District, officers started to write out a citation for him but didn’t even present it to him and instead took him down to the homicide unit. (read more – with video)