A countless number of people from various states on the East Coast turned out in a wave of support in Baltimore, Md. for Freddie Gray, 25, who died from a severe spinal cord injury a week later following his arrest on April 12. Six officers involved have been suspended.
The reason behind the officers’ arrest of Gray was because he “fled unprovoked upon noting police presence in the neighborhood,” WBAL-TV reports.
The cause of Gray’s death was due to a police practice called “rough ride” where the officers intentionally drive recklessly, while the suspect is thrown haphazardly from side to side in the vehicle. It was reported that Gray wasn’t buckled in.
Additional reports also state that Gray wasn’t the only victim of “rough rides.” Dondi Johnson, Sr. was left a paraplegic after enduring a police van ride, as well as Jeffrey Alston who is paralyzed from the neck down following this chilling law enforcement policy, the Baltimore Sun reports.
Today (April 25), protestors took to the streets of B-more to call for justice in Gray and other victims’ cases. You can view coverage from those on the ground below.
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Not a riot. An uprising. #FreddieGray
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