Baltimore authorities investigate ‘Enjoy your ride’ sign on door of police van

A sign inside the back door of a Baltimore police detainee transport vehicle warns about the ride
A sign inside the back door of a Baltimore police detainee transport vehicle warns about the ride

(CNN) – Baltimore authorities are investigating after photos emerged showing a sign inside the door of a police van that reads, “Enjoy your ride, cuz we sure will!”

The photos are circulating amid simmering tensions overthe death of Freddie Gray in police custody, which set off protests and riots in Baltimore this year.

Prosecutors say Gray suffered a critical neck injury in April after being left handcuffed and shackled in the back of a Baltimore police transport van that made several stops. Six police officers have been indicted on charges connected to his death.

The city’s police department was quick to criticize the sign on the van door after the photos came to light Thursday.

“The nature and the posting of the wording is both concerning and unacceptable,” Baltimore City Police Sgt. Jarron Jackson said, adding that the department is taking the issue “very seriously.”

“Deputy Police Commissioner Dean Palmere has ordered that an inspection of all departmental vehicles be conducted,” Jackson said. “Internal investigations will be initiated when appropriate.”

CNN affiliate WBAL reported that the photos were taken Tuesday near the Central District Police Station. It said police department officials had authenticated the photos, which it received from a viewer.

Baltimore City Paper reported that it had spoken to the photographer, who asked not to be identified by name. She sent the newspaper an original version of a photo of the sign from her phone, it said.

WBAL said it was unclear who had posted the sign or how long it had been in place.

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