Baltimore Riots

The involved police officers are now on suspension.

Hannah Bell and Reanna McCune

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Protests against Baltimore Police over the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray are now being referred to as riots. Gray “mysteriously” died in police custody last week. After he was put into a police van, his spine was basically severed, and he soon died of the injury. Gray had been arrested after making eye contact with a police officer and running away, which isn’t illegal. Deaths of other black men recently have also been at the hands of police, like Michael Brown from Missouri, Eric Garner, Walter Scott, and many more beatings or injuries. Police officers are rarely arrested for this, because it could “complicate the situation”.

Protests started April 27th, the day of Gray’s funeral. Around 3:30, protesters began throwing rocks and bottles at police officers, they were mainly high-school students. About 144 vehicles and 15 building were set on fire, and many more were damaged. 19 police officers were injured, one is even in the shock trauma center. Schools and even public transportation have been canceled. The city has called in the National Guard.

Many residents are working hard to clean up the city. Over 1,900 people gathered and swept, scrubbed, and sorted through the rubble. It was said that it may take about 20 years for Baltimore to return to its previous condition. Also, a curfew of 9 p.m has been issued until Tuesday of next week, and Baltimore is on “lockdown”. The riots have quieted, but peaceful protests still remain. What many people want to know is, why are protesters being treated as criminals, while police are getting away with murder?