Hundreds Protest Baltimore Police Over Death Of Freddie Gray

BALTIMORE – Hundreds of people took to the streets here on Saturday to demonstrate against police brutality and call for accountability for the police officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old who died April 19 as the result of a severe spinal injury that occurred when he was taken into custody a week earlier.
Charles Thomas stood outside his apartment in the Gilmor Homes on Saturday and watched as the crowd gathered. Thomas, 63, remembered Freddie as “quiet” and said he would hang out in the Homes to “cut the fool with the fellas.”

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This is Baltimore right now. It started as a peaceful protest for the murder of Freddie Gray. People are attacking cars, busting windows of buildings, and tossing trash cans. 

If you are going to protest police brutality, you cannot be violent. Do not stoop to the level of the police. That makes it worse for the people that protest the right way. The point of protesting police brutality is to show that the police are the violent ones attacking innocent, unarmed people. This is taking away from the memory of and justice for Freddie Gray.

This happens too often

This isn’t my personal experience but it’s still very personal because it happened to my brother. My brother is a quiet guy who always minds his own business. Being hispanic, however, he always gets harassed by cops. Especially when he gets a haircut. I don’t know even know how many times he’s been pulled over for “jaywalking” and they always harass him with “what gang are you a part of” and “where are your tattoos”. We don’t even live in a bad neighborhood. The most recent and by far worse experience was when he was walking home from a jog he had taken. It was a hot day, and obviously he was going to get sweaty. Well a police cruiser pulled him over and accused him of being on meth because “he was sweating too much” and “matched the profile”. When my brother kept insisting he has never used drugs and was simply walking home, they handcuffed him and took him to the police station and forced him to take a blood test or he was going to have to go to jail. He has never been so humiliated in his life. How could the police just get away with this?! My brother can’t get a haircut because that automatically makes him a gang member?! He can’t even be a human being who sweats?? What kind of fucked up world do we live in!

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They need a little history. Martin Luther King was an outside agitator. Malcolm X was an agitator. Jesus Christ was an agitator. You can’t keep a problem like police brutality a local thing. The world is watching Baltimore now.

Larry Holmes, Peoples Power Assembly Movement, responds to Baltimore officials’ attacks on “outside agitators” in protests for killer cop victim Freddie Grey 


Freddie Gray not the first to come out of Baltimore police van with serious injuries

(by Doug Donovan and Mark Puente, photo credit: Jenna Erb) 

Relatives of Dondi Johnson Sr., who was left a paraplegic after a 2005 police van ride, won a $7.4 million verdict against police officers. A year earlier, Jeffrey Alston was awarded $39 million by a jury after he became paralyzed from the neck down as the result of a van ride. Others have also received payouts after filing lawsuits.

Johnson was a 43-year-old plumber who was arrested for public urination. He was handcuffed and placed in a transport van in good health. He emerged a quadriplegic.

Before he died, he complained to his doctor that he was not buckled into his seat when the police van “made a sharp turn,” sending him “face first” into the interior of the van, court records state. He was “violently thrown around the back of the vehicle as police officers drove in an aggressive fashion, taking turns so as to [intentionally] injure Mr. Johnson who was helplessly cuffed,” the lawsuit stated.

For some, such injuries have been inflicted by what is known as a “rough ride” — an unsanctioned “technique" in which police vans are driven to cause “injury or pain” to unbuckled, handcuffed detainees, former city police officer Charles J. Key testified as an expert five years ago in a lawsuit over Johnson’s subsequent death.

In 1997, Jeffrey Alston became paralyzed from the neck down in a van after being arrested. Alston said he told the officers he couldn’t breathe, but they refused to give him an inhaler for asthma.

Read the full BaltimoreSun article here

C: Do Black women care about the deaths of Black women? I’m asking this simply because Trayvon, Michael, Tamir and other Black males get more love from Black women than Rekia, Tanesha and Aiyanna. At least that’s what I’ve seen. Tell me I’m dead ass wrong. Tell me that we care about each other. Please, tell me that we are as outraged about the dismissal of charges for the killer of Rekia Boyd as we are for the killer of Trayvon. We love our Black women and girls,right?


‘World is Watching Baltimore as Thousands Protest Freddie Gray’s Death

BALTIMORE — A largely peaceful protest over the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who suffered a spinal cord injury in police custody, gave way to scattered scenes of chaos here on Saturday night, as demonstrators smashed a downtown storefront window, threw rocks and bottles and damaged police cruisers, while officers in riot gear broke up skirmishes and made 12 arrests near Camden Yards.

Ahead of Saturday’s protest, state and city officials warned against outsiders coming into Baltimore to cause the type of unrest that roiled Ferguson, Mo., after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in August. Gov. Larry Hogan sent dozens of state troopers to Baltimore at the request of Mayor Rawlings-Blake, who urged those taking to the city’s streets to remain peaceful. “If you’re going to come here, come here to help us, not to hurt us,” she said.

Many of the protesters Saturday dismissed statements by Baltimore officials that the protests should remain local.

“They need a little history,” Larry Holmes, a Manhattan-based activist with the Peoples Power Assemblies, told the crowd on Saturday. “Martin Luther King was an outside agitator. Malcolm X was an agitator. Jesus Christ was an agitator.”

“You can’t keep a problem like police brutality a local thing,” Mr. Holmes said. “The world is watching Baltimore now.”

Just so you know, most of the protest tonight in Baltimore was peaceful. Early violence was started by baseball fans. Only twelve people were arrested for later violence (the fires and car smashing videos you’re seeing online) out of the over one thousand people protesting. And just imagine how it would have escalated if Baltimore had lost the baseball game? People like an excuse to be violent. Think about that when you’re watching what the media portrays.

Sourced from BBC two hours ago, by the way.

C: I always said since i was 16 (I’m 21 now) that i do not want to live in the states when i get older and have children. Now with all the police brutality I have definitely finalized this decision. But it seems like every country is either developed economically but has too many whites or great number of black people but underdeveloped economically. and i can’t help but think that this situation was created on purpose..