On April.27, 2015, there was a huge riot in Baltimore, stemming from the death of Freddie Gray. Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old African American man, made eye contact with a white cop outside a West Baltimore housing project, as they swiftly approached him he tried to run. As he ran, cops viciously chased, pinned him down (finding only a pocket knife) and Gray was unlawfully arrested. The aftermath of the attack was captured on video, showing Gray being dragged across the street with his legs looking severely broken and little control over his own body. In the video, a woman is heard screaming at officers, “Why y’all dragging him like that? His legs look broke!” A witness says he heard him screaming “Get off my neck, you’re hurting my neck!” then they shoved him into a police van, where he didn’t receive medical attention immediately when he requested it, but long after. It wasn’t until half an hour later that police called the ambulance, and it was found that at some point while in police custody his spine was nearly severed and voice box was crushed. “While in police custody, his spine was 80% severed at his neck, “William Murphy Jr, an Attorney for Gray’s family said.
He was placed in the hospital where he lapsed into a coma and a week later died after, due to the injuries. Five of the six officers were suspended with pay, and the police won 't say what any of the cops involved in Gray 's fatal arrest have said, and have not yet not offered. This horrific message and video began to circulate through social media networks, raising the awareness of another black young man dying due to the abuse of officers. Gray’s death resulted in an ongoing series of protests an...
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...better understanding and awareness because I am an African American who from Maryland and I or anyone in my family could have been Freddie Gray. I understand the unfortunate reality that powers this kind of destructive protesting. They aren’t only angry at the fact that another black man has been killed by another group of police officers, it is the fact that they have to live in those poor conditions where horrible things are done that negatively affects and nothing productive is done to stop it. Some of their parents cannot earn a living due to substance addiction. Some want jobs with a living wage. Over half of the community is unemployed.The most worse thing you can do to anyone is to make them feel invisible,demonize them , and criminalize them especial the people in poverty that don’t have work.Success is hard when all odds are stacked agaist a whole community.
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