More than 2,000 people marched in Baltimore today, to demonstrate against the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray who died in police custody. The latest updates show that 12 people were arrested during the protest in Baltimore, which turned violent towards the end.
The protest, which was the largest since Gray’s death last Sunday, started in the morning as two different groups of multi-ethnic people marched towards City Hall. They soon merged as one, and made their way through downtown. They were carrying signs such as “Black Lives Matter More Than White Supremacy,” “Justice for Freddie” and “Jail Killer Police.” Following this, they marched towards Camden Yards where the Baltimore Orioles were to play against the Boston Red Sox in the evening.
While it was mostly peaceful throughout the day, after the rally some groups went into the city and created disturbances. Demonstrators were seen smashing windows of police cars and throwing objects at the police officers. They blocked traffic near the Inner Harbor, and vandalized some cars.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake took to Twitter to release a ‘thank you’ to the people who maintained peace during the protest. She also was concerned about the violence and “those who want to destroy our city.” Police Commisioner Anthony Batts told people to remain calm and not to worry, as more officers were brought into the city. The result of the official police investigation into Gray’s death will be released the Friday.
By Anugya Chitransh
Photo by Ian Aberle – Creativecommons Flickr License