“I’m drained,” she said during one afternoon break. She was enduring another day of headaches, and the strain of being the primary felt like a house on her shoulders.
Teel, 31, grew up in Southwest Baltimore and spent most of her career in the Western District, first in patrol, then in a special crime impact unit and finally as a detective. Two months before Gray’s death, she transferred to the team that investigates police shootings and other uses of force.
Now Teel was handling the most-watched case of alleged brutality the police department had ever faced.
The final witness of the day: Det. Syreeta Teel
Det. Syreeta Teel, the primary investigation into Freddie Gray's death, described the first steps in the case Thursday afternoon.
She described being summoned from home April 12 and her arrival at the Western District police station where Donta Allen, the man who had been in the van with Gray, was waiting with another detective. Down the hall another investigator from the Force Investigation Team was talking to Lt. Brian Rice, who is also charged in the case.
From there, Teel said she headed downtown to Shock Trauma to check on Gray's condition. At the hospital she saw William Porter, she said -- the two spoke briefly.
Investigators soon fanned out across the Gilmor Homes area looking for witnesses and video footage and eventually encountered Kevin Moore, who had shot cell phone video of Gray being taken into custody.
The trial broke for the day shortly after 4pm, with Teel still on the stand.