The Undisclosed podcast is known for investigating possible wrongful convictions, but for its latest season, Rabia Choudry and three new hosts/investigators have turned their focus to the killing of Freddie Gray.
Although there have been innumerable police-involved killings of Black men and women since Gray sustained a fatal neck fracture, while in Baltimore police custody, in April 2015, his particular ordeal hasn’t been forgotten. Unlike similar incidents, Gray’s death led to the indictment of six Baltimore Police Department officers by State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. Yet, the trials failed to deliver prosecution. The killing of Gray sparked an uprising in the city, even before the indictments were levied, with protestors calling for a full, transparent investigation and subsequent punishment. They were left dissatisfied …
Undisclosed: The Killing of Freddie Gray has reopened the case, pouring through pages upon pages of data; police reports; video; audio; and media coverage in order to reexamine “the events of April 12, 2015, the subsequent investigation by the police department, the possibility of a cover-up, and the efforts made by the State’s Attorney’s Office to seek justice,” according to a press release.
Hosts/investigators Justine Barron, Dr. Marcia Chatelain, and Amelia McDonell-Parry have joined Choudry to bring more clarity to the incidents that claimed Gray’s life. In addition, Baltimore native and author D. Watkins also hosts Undisclosed Addendum, which provides his nuanced perspective on the case along with allowing the hosts to present their perspectives in more detail.
While it’s unlikely this season of Undisclosed will lead to any punishment for the six officers allegedly involved in Gray’s death because double jeopardy is unconstitutional, that’s not the point. The bigger picture is an examination of police policing themselves, our militarized law enforcement, and corruption and deep-seated racism within police departments and State’s Attorney’s Offices across the country. No one should suffer fatal injuries from “taking a ride” in a police wagon, and we owe it to Freddie Gray to learn as much about his death as possible.
Undisclosed: The Killing of Freddie Gray premiered on on March 6th, with new episodes released every Monday at 6 p.m. The Undisclosed Addendum premiered on March 9th at 6 p.m., with new episodes released every Thursday.