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Violence Erupts in Baltimore as Angry Residents Protest Death of Black Man Who Died in Police Custody

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Freddie1A state of emergency has been declared in Baltimore, Maryland after protests regarding the death of a 25-year-old African-American man, Freddie Gray who died in police custody, turned violent.

Freddie Gray

Freddie Gray

CNN reports that Baltimore police arrested Gray on Sunday, April 12th, and during the course of the arrest and being transported to the police station, he suffered a severe spinal cord injury, his voice box was crushed, and his neck snapped. He eventually went into a coma, and died days later.

New reports recently emerged, revealing that he didn’t get timely medical attention after he was arrested, even after he complained that he couldn’t breath. Also, he was not buckled into a seat belt while being transported in a police van.

Gray’s funeral was held on Monday, April 27th, and on that same day, angry residents stormed the streets to protest but unfortunately, the protests became violent leading to attacks on police officers. Police cars and several buildings and businesses were also set ablaze.

Freddie2Police fear that the violence may escalate. Authorities state that “The Baltimore Police Department/Criminal Intelligence Unit has 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,” police said. “This is a credible threat.”

As a result of the situation, the city has imposed a mandatory curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily, effective for one week starting Tuesday night. Also, 1,500 members of the National Guard have been deployed to Baltimore.

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13 Comments

  1. Why

    April 28, 2015 at 10:20 am

    Riots won’t help, it will only reinforce stereotypes and escalate the case. Black America need o stop this savage behavior they are not helping themselves.

    • lol

      April 28, 2015 at 10:46 am

      Pls. We have be non violence for how many years. When people keep dying uncessarily you find different measures.

    • kaeto

      April 28, 2015 at 12:16 pm

      it only justifies negative sterotypes against all blacks. And drastic measures might result to the death of many both black and white.

  2. tunmi

    April 28, 2015 at 10:30 am

    (Sigh) how do you explain this to Nigerians.

    1. Riots are the surface issues. Something has been wrong for a long time in Baltimore between police officers and its black citizens. So this is a symptom of a much larger problem: police officers who heavily target and attack black Americans in Baltimore. It is lazy to simply stop at the protests. Dig deeper and you will find that Freddie is not the first.

    2. “Riot is the language of the unheard” by MLK.

  3. Bella

    April 28, 2015 at 10:33 am

    When will the police stop abusing and killing these kids! I read somewhere that he was arrested for giving a policemen the glare down, so what is criminal about all this?

  4. OwoNiKoko

    April 28, 2015 at 11:14 am

    I’m sorry but I clicked the CNN link and watched some clips of the protest and I must say BLACK PEOPLE DO NOT APPLY WISDOM in situations like this. Definitely the police were wrong no doubt, but does that result to you breaking into stores, vandalizing cars, burning houses and you’re doing all this with smiles on your face being black and proud causing a nuisance. Do you honestly think people will respect you as a community as a race when you behave in such an animalistic manner. Racism will not stop if we continue to channel our anger this way. MLK was never for violence that’s why he died a HERO. Show the world that blacks can stand out to be well behaved, articulate, intelligent and civilized people. Violence can never ever be the right way. As l0ong as we continue to behave this way, the so- called racist police men will continue to see and portray a black man as an uneducated, uncivilized individual hence BLACK LIVES WONT MATTER.

    • kaeto

      April 28, 2015 at 12:19 pm

      i love your comment. May you be blessed with abundant wisdom.

  5. kema

    April 28, 2015 at 11:55 am

    it gets hard everytime. but when was d last time a white man dies in the hands of the so calle =d cops.????

  6. Beccabee

    April 28, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    Stupid people, breaking into shops and looting from local businesses saying they’re protesting against violations of law and order. Oh the irony.

    What is the point of breaking into businesses and burning cars. Protest all you like but why mess up the lives of small business owners & your own community. There is absolutely no need for violence to make your point, the Washington March was peaceful and powerful wasn’t it?

    All the low lives and thugs that attach themselves to these protests nowadays do more damage for their cause than good.

  7. Dee

    April 28, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    This is tiring. And extremely sad to say the least.
    Only God can help us in this world..
    I tire for all this sad news everyday.

  8. sunday sodekesode

    April 28, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    i think dis is not the best way to demonstrate ur anger

  9. Wale

    April 28, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    My question is why do black cops standby and watch their white colleagues( blacks too) commit these atrocities? Are they calling for change from within? Or is the so called blue code more important than black lives?

  10. nene

    April 28, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    wow! this looks bad.

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