Freddie Gray Death: Demonstrators Clash With Police, 2 Arrested
On Thursday, protestors voicing their anger over the death of Freddie Gray took to the streets of Baltimore and confronted the police.
The incident led to the arrest of two individuals who the Baltimore Police Department said had been taken on grounds of disorderly conduct and destruction of property.
The swarm of protestors were demonstrating against Gray’s death, throwing water bottles and other items as they marched from City Hall to the Western District police station where Gray was brought in after his arrest on April 12.
In a statement to The Baltimore Sun, Gene Ryan, the president of the Baltimore police union, said the demonstrations were like a “lynch mob.”
He said, “The images seen on television look and sound much like a lynch mob in that they are calling for the immediate imprisonment of these officers without them ever receiving the due process that is the Constitutional right of every citizen, including law enforcement officers.”
Seeing the criticism that resulted from his comment, Ryan later said, “Maybe I need to reword that.”
The number of protestors that gathered in West Baltimore grew to 1,000 on Tuesday.
City councilman Nick Mosby, representing West Baltimore’s district seven, said on Wednesday that it was becoming increasingly difficult to contain the mob as anger was still evident among the people.
“Day by day there is more,” Mosby said, according to The Guardian. “At this point people are tired and angry.”
Corey Smith, a former classmate of Gray, expressed his appreciation for the people who had come out to protest against Gray’s death.
Smith said, “He was a good guy.
“He’d have felt loved to know these people had come out in his name. I just wish he was here.”
Gray passed away on Sunday, a week after the Baltimore police detained him.
He sustained a spinal cord injury after his arrest. According to his family, his voice box was damaged and his neck snapped, which caused his coma and eventual death.
According to CNN, Andrew O’Connell, an attorney for the Gray family, said, “The police have a lot of questions that need to be answered. What was the reasonable suspicion? Why were they arresting our client? These are pretty big questions that need to be answered.
“He had no weapon in his hand. He was committing no crime and he wasn’t hurting anybody. The police had no reasonable suspicion to stop or arrest him.”
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