The Baltimore man who filmed the arrest of Freddie Gray, and who said police tried to intimidate him after he came forward, was himself arrested by police on Thursday, according to a report from Heavy.com.
Kevin Moore, 30, who was arrested with two others, was later released without charges. The two others, identified as “Cop Watch” members Chad Jackson and Tony White, remained in custody as of press time on Friday.
Like Ramsey Orta, the man who filmed the Eric Garner encounter with police and was later arrested on unrelated charges, Moore said he was afraid of police retaliation after he filmed the video, and said that police released his photo over the internet to intimidate him.
Moore spoke out after police released a surveillance photo of him and asked for the public’s help identifying him, saying he they wanted to question him about what he saw when Gray died. Moore told the [Baltimore] Sun he had already talked to police before the release of the photo, and that they knew who he was and only released the photo to intimidate him.
“What is so important that you have to plaster my picture over the Internet? I’ve already spoken,” Moore told the Sun. “How do you not know that picture is me?”
“That’s me — I know that’s all 6-5 and 260 pounds of me. For the police to post that picture and say you don’t know who I am, that’s B.S. You know who I am.”
Moore has said that he and Gray were friends and they both lived in the Gilmor Homes. He has gone on record saying that police had Gray “folded up like a piece of origami” after his arrest on April 12. Gray later died in police custody from vicious injuries, including a nearly severed spine and crushed voice box.
Earlier today, six officers were indicted in Gray’s death.
Watch this video of Moore, in which he gives an almost 20-minute perspective on Gray’s murder at the hands of police, the state of policing and criminalization of Black men in Baltimore, and how police reacted after he came forward with the video.