Freddie Gray briefly locked eyes with police at 8:39 a.m. on a corner of an impoverished West Baltimore neighborhood two weeks ago, they seemed to recognize each other immediately. As three officers approached on bicycles along West North Avenue, the 25-year-old Gray was on the east corner of North Mount Street chatting with a friend, according to Shawn Washington, who frequents the block.
"Ay, yo, here comes Time Out," a young man on the opposite corner yelled, using a neighborhood term for police.
swore, taking off on foot as the officers began hot-stepping on their
pedals to catch up. One officer jumped off his bike to chase Gray on
foot, police said.
"That was the last time I seen that man moving," said Washington, 48.