After a Weekend of Protests, Freddie Gray Is Laid to Rest

The city of Baltimore was inundated with protests over the weekend as residents and activists organized marches and other protests in reaction to the death of Freddie Gray,†a young African American male in his twenties who died as a result of injuries believed to have been sustained by officers attempting to arrest him. As Gray’s funeral commenced on Monday, questions continued to linger regarding what went wrong and who is to blame.

Police involved in the death of Gray are now admitting that they failed to obtain medical assistance as quickly as they could have.†They are now stating†that Gray should have received an ambulance at the scene of his arrest, rather than undergo a 30 minute long van ride in which it is now reported he was not even buckled into a seat.

Tensions that were already mounting in the city culminated in a large scale protest on Saturday, with thousands of people marching through the city of Baltimore demanding accountability†from the police over Gray’s death. The protests, which went on for hours, were primarily peaceful, with some minor property damage, mostly involving the destruction of windows of a police vehicle, according to the Associated Press. Although some venues were closed as a safety measure in the city, and some baseball fans were kept contained inside the Baltimore Orioles stadium as a precaution, most of the protesting involved marching and other non-violent actions.

“Residents young and old, from Baltimore and beyond, voiced their anger at how the department and the city’s officials are handling the investigation into Gray’s death,” reported the Associated Press. “At one point, the crowd paused for a moment of silence in front of Shock Trauma, the hospital where Gray died. The marchers then migrated to Camden Yards. At a downtown intersection, a dozen marchers laid down in the street during an impromptu ‘die-in.’”

Just under three dozen protesters were arrested, four of them juveniles, and six officers suffered injuries, according to news reports.

The weekend’s chaos†in Baltimore was resolved in time for Gray’s funeral Monday. Family, friends and local supporters weren’t the only ones in attendance, either. In a show of solidarity, families of others†who were similarly†killed at the hands of police attended the event, gathered under an umbrella group called “Families United for Justice.” “The group includes relatives of Eric Garner, who died last July after a New York City police officer put him in a chokehold. Protests erupted after a grand jury declined to indict that officer,” reports CNN.com. “Other members of the group include relatives of Amadou Diallo, who was fatally shot by New York police officers, and Alberta Spruill, who died of a heart attack after police threw a stun grenade into her apartment during a botched raid.”

Also attending services were representatives of President Barack Obama’s administration. “Broderick Johnson, assistant to President Obama and cabinet secretary, who also chairs the administrationís My Brotherís Keeper task force, was scheduled to attend,” reports the L.A. Times. “He was to be joined by Heather Foster, an adviser in the Office of Public Engagement, and Elias Alcantara, with the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, according to the White House.”

Meanwhile, the Baltimore Police Department announced it received a “credible threat” that local gangs intended to “take out” police officers on the same day as the funeral.

As Gray is laid to rest, investigations are allegedly continuing into what exactly happened during the arrest, why exactly Gray was being arrested in the first place, and whether any of the officers involved will be held accountable for his death. All six officers on the scene have been placed on administrative leave pending the conclusion of the investigation, but it may take more than just a few suspensions or firings for the citizens of Baltimore to even begin to trust their own police force. As we’ve seen across the country, these are not isolated incidents but a continuing pattern, and one that rightfully is leaving a growing number of Americans afraid of the very people who are supposed to be protecting them.

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93 comments

Jim Ven
Jim Ven2 years ago

thanks for the article.

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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john hall
john hall3 years ago

The funny part of this is that this city is run by blacks and yet theres rampet racism....vote democrat stay poor and uninformed. And let me add who the hell cares about a drug dealing POS,he can't hurt or peddle anymore drugs or hurt anyone else.

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Jeaneen A.
Past Member 3 years ago

Response Network has pictures from Baltimore that shows many of the neighborhood people stood in front of the police trying to protect the police from the thugs that were rioting. They were letting these thugs know that they are not the real people of their neighborhoods, just trouble makers. Amazing ti see these people standing right in front of the Police letting the thugs know they could not come any closer. Why does television only show shots of the thugs and not the good people of Baltimore. Typical prejudice news.

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Deborah F.
Deborah F3 years ago

thanks.

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Brian F.
Brian F3 years ago

David F Perhaps police departments could stop ticketing blacks and poor people, to generate revenue like they do nationwide reminiscent of the Ferguson, MO ticket scandal. Perhaps if the police were held accountable when they murder someone, like they did to Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, Kelly Thomas, Oscar Grant, Tamir Rice, and many others, their would be less crime in black communities. I'm not defending the rioters who burned and looted the city. Clearly that is wrong. But we must look at the true cause of the problem, which is a police force that has become a revenue generator that unfairly criminalizes and tickets the poor for minor offenses, to pay the salaries of judges, and courts, and a police force that is never held accountable when they kill someone like they did to Eric Garner Freddie Gray, and many other people.

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Cyan Dickirs
Cyan Dickirs3 years ago

Bill E Baltimore has been majority black for some time and run by black mayors, black police chief, many black cops, yet the crime rate is very high. According to you, the police need reforms. Why are the most violent cities in the US run by blacks, pop by majority blacks but it is the fault of the "white" police?
Gee whiz, that logic escapes me.......so 50 yrs of affirmative action, increasing welfare, abortions for black women, civil rights and war on poverty and blacks in control, and a black DOJ head for 6 yrs, it is still the fault of white racists and white cops? Guess we need to throw more money at it, it worked so well for 50 yrs??????

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Paulinha Russell
Paulinha Russell3 years ago

Akal for Freddie Gray

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Tammy I.
Tammy I3 years ago

Marianne,

Thanks for setting the record straight with Darryll by providing the FBI statistics. It is challenging for some to swallow facts with bigotry stuck in their throats.

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Janis K.
Janis K3 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

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