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What Happened in Baltimore?

On April 12th, twenty-five year-old Freddie Gray noticed a group of police officers and decided to run the other way. Not an unusual decision, considering how police are known to harass black people. Freddie’s instincts were correct because the officers, noticing him leaving the area, assumed he was doing something wrong and pursued him.

Apparently in “high crime” neighborhoods (read: black neighborhoods) this is legal reason enough for police to chase down people whom they have no other reason to believe of having committed any wrong-doing.

Once they had him handcuffed, they noticed that he had a knife clipped inside his pants pocket. In the arrest report, they claimed the knife was a switchblade, which is illegal to own in Maryland. This was their stated reason for arresting him.

During a press conference two weeks later, State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby revealed that the police had been lying about the type of knife found in Gray’s pocket and therefore lying about their reason for arresting him. Mosby stated that the officers had failed to establish probable cause, making the arrest illegal.

While police claim the arrest occurred “without force or incident,” video of the arrest, filmed by Kevin Moore, shows otherwise. Officers are clearly using force against Gray, who appears to be in a great deal of pain. Gray was placed, without a seatbelt, into the back of a police van. Although they were only five blocks from the Western District Police Station, they drove around for forty minutes in what is known as a “rough ride”- deliberately reckless driving meant to jostle unseatbelted arrestees.

A combination of the rough treatment he received during his arrest, the way he was left to be tossed around in the back of the van, and whatever other violence the officers may have inflicted upon him (which will become clear when the autopsy is released) resulted in Mr. Gray suffering a crushed voice box and his spine becoming 80% severed from his neck.

Officers ignored multiple pleas from Gray for medical attention. When they finally arrived at the police station, after making multiple stops, Freddie Gray was unresponsive and was not breathing. Officers still did not immediately attend to his obvious medical emergency, seeing another man out of the van and into the station first. When they finally called for paramedics, they described Mr. Gray’s injuries as a broken arm. By the time the medics arrived, Gray was in cardiac arrest, which means his heart had stopped beating.

One week later, on April 19th, Freddie Gray died from his injuries at University of Maryland Shock Treatment Center.

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After peaceful protests over the April 2015 death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore were interrupted by rioting and violence, the city implemented a 10 p.m. curfew to keep its citizens safe. Video footage captured during that time shows how police interacted with white vs. black protesters who were out past curfew. And it isn’t pretty.