Baltimore Protests Surge Over Death Of Freddie Gray
Above photo: Ten-year-old Robert Dunn uses a megaphone to address hundreds of demonstrators during a protest against police brutality and the death of Freddie Gray outside the Baltimore Police Western District station in Baltimore on April 22, 2015. [TIME]
On Saturday, April 25, more than 1,000 demonstrators took to the streets to protest the lack of accountability in the death of Freddie Gray. The six police officers involved continue to be free on paid leave despite new evidence indicating their responsibility for the death of Gray.
The New York Daily News reports:
Batts’ vow came as a top officer spearheading their investigation said that Gray should have been given medical treatment the moment he was handcuffed.
“That’s quite frankly where Freddie Gray should have received medical attention and he did not,” Deputy Commissioner Kevin Davis said.
Batts added that despite Gray’s pleas for medical help, officers “failed to get him medical attention in a timely manner multiple times.”
Gray was also not buckled up inside of the van, he said, violating his department’s rules.
It was only after their arrival that an ambulance was called when Gray was found struggling to breathe and unable to speak. He died a week later.
Protesters say that there is a long pattern of police abuse that is racially-biased in Baltimore.
Popular Resistance videographer provides coverage of the Saturday march and rally:
The Washington Post reports:
Six hours into a remarkably peaceful protest of the death of a man in police custody, a confrontation outside Camden Yards baseball park suddenly turned violent Saturday night as demonstrators clashed with fans who had turned out for a ballgame.
Before the melee was over, six unoccupied police cars had been damaged by protesters and police in riot gear and on horseback moved methodically to push the demonstrators from a key downtown intersection.
Protests are expected to continue today in Baltimore.