The unexplained death of 25 year old Baltimore native Freddie Gray while in police custody has caused tension between the law enforcement and citizens of Baltimore to rise at an all time high. Gray suffered from a fatal spinal cord injury after he was cuffed and placed in the back of a police van. It isn’t clear as to how Freddie Gray’s spinal cord got injured, but people believe that once he was placed in the van, something else had to happen.
This incident caused the people of Baltimore to demand answers. The protest first started as a peaceful one, but now it is getting real serious. People are now resulting in rioting and lashing out towards police officers. Even famous gangs like Bloods and Crips came together to take a stand towards police brutality.
According to WBAL, Baltimore City police has announced that they received a ‘credible’ threat against the law enforcement officers. The BC police released a statement saying, “The Criminal Intelligence Unit received credible information that members of various gangs including the Black Guerilla Family, Bloods, and Crips have entered into a partnership to ‘take out’ law enforcement officers.”
“Rioting and looting” has broken out around areas of the city, a local CVS was looted and set on fire, police cars destroyed, and according to reports 7 police officers were seriously injured. All this occurred right after the funeral of Freddie Gray. The family of Gray urged for peace on the day they laid their son to rest, but that request went unheard.
The “agitators” have been described as mostly young teenagers who left school early for a mass “walk out”. Protests in Baltimore have been relatively peaceful for 6 days until Saturday and now today. People can be seen throwing objects at police vehicles as they drive by. Fire fighters are also being targeted as they try to put out fires started. A fire hose was actually cut on live television, people in the neighborhood were very displeased. An older women pictured below showed her disgust for what’s going on in her neighborhood. The situation is just out of control.
We definitely understand the frustration and anger, but this rioting and looting is just sad and unfortunate and honestly has nothing to do with death of Freddie Gray itself. We just hope city of Baltimore only endures a day/night of this and people get back peacefully protesting.
At this point things are getting out of hand and we ask that you guys keep Baltimore in your prayers. We will be closely monitoring things as they continue to unfold in Baltimore.
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