Avi Tasher: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Avi Tasher

Avi Tasher (Facebook)

A man claiming to be a Baltimore police officer is facing criticism on social media over posts he made on Facebook about the death of Freddie Gray.

Avraham “Avi” Tasher claimed to be a Baltimore City police officer on his now-deleted Facebook page, according to the website Photography Is Not a Crime. Screenshots of his comments, taken before he deleted the page, have sparked outrage among some on Twitter.

The city and the police department have not said whether Tasher is a city police officer, but public records show that there is an officer with that name working for the department.

Tasher’s Facebook posts included anger at CNN for “causing a race riot” in Baltimore and a claim that Gray “broke his own neck.”

Here’s what you need to know:


1. He Claims Gray Broke His Spinal Cord by Slamming His Own Neck Into a Wall

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Tasher claimed in a post on Facebook that Freddie Gray intentionally injured himself while in the back of the police transport van. The Facebook post was made days before a Washington Post article revealed similar claims about Gray’s death.

Another prisoner who spent time in a transport van with Freddie Gray states in a police document in the investigation the 25-year-old Baltimore man’s death that he heard Gray “banging against the walls” of the vehicle, the Washington Post reports.

The document was leaked to the Post on the condition that the other prisoner not be named out of fears for that man’s safety. The other prisoner said in the report that he thought Gray “was intentionally trying to injure himself.” The report was written by a Baltimore City Police investigator.

Tasher cited the same witness claims in his post.


2. He Blamed CNN’s ‘Biased Coverage’ for Causing a Riot in Baltimore

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(Facebook)

Tasher also claimed in a separate post, made on CNN’s Facebook page, that the riot was the network’s fault.


3. He Has Commented About Being a Cop on News Stories in the Past

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(Facebook)

Tasher has commented on other news stories, claiming to be a police officer and a weapons expert, including a post in August 2014.


4. His Posts Angered Many Baltimore Residents & Protesters

Freddie Gray in a coma in the hospital after his arrest in Baltimore on April 12. (Family photo)

Freddie Gray in a coma in the hospital after his arrest in Baltimore on April 12. (Family photo)

Screenshots of his posts were passed around social media, with many people calling him “racist.”


5. He Works for the Department’s Organized Crime Division

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(Getty)

According to a search of public records by Photography Is Not a Crime, Tasher is listed as working for the department’s Organized Crime Unit.

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9 Comments

hostessbelly

Let’s just ignore all any facts and pickup our pitch forks and bring the “evil” law enforcement down… Really!!! There is NO proof the officers injured Grey, none. There is however 1 testimony stating Grey was throughing himself around in the van. The only fact out there is this testimony of the other arrestee. The Only proof against the officers they are guilty of was not properly securing Grey in the van. If the officers did follow protical and secured Grey, would he still be alive today? Involuntary Manslaughter or Involuntary Suicide. We need to wait for the DOJ to publish ALL the facts before we start judging.

Nikki

“The only fact out there is this testimony of the other arrestee.”

Except that the other arrestee is going in front of news cameras to say that he stands by what the cops reported that he said 8 days ago and not what the cops claim he said in the report leaked to WaPo.

There is that.

rxantos

If what you say is true, then that person is certainly doing a great job at organizing crime.

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