Written by Anthony Capote
Featured photo by AP Photo/Patrick Semansky
On April 19 a 25-year-old black man named Freddie Gray died after going under cardiac arrest while in the custody of Baltimore police on April 12.
According to The New York Times, six police officers will face charges of brutality and murder as a result of Gray’s death.
On April 12, Lt. Brian Rice, along with Garret Miller and Edward Nero saw Gray, who then turned and run from the officers before surrendering about two blocks away.
While being cuffed by the officers, Gray claimed to have had trouble breathing, with his legs flailing, and asked for an inhaler.
Officer Cesar Goodman met the officers and placed Gray in the back of a police van.
Goodman faces the most severe charges; up to 30 years for second degree depraved-heart murder, because he was the driver of the van, which made six stops before a medic was called, revealing that Gray had been under cardiac arrest at all, if not most of the stops.
Gray died a week later in the hospital.
The people of Baltimore were in uproar, angry at yet another death of a black man at the hands of the police.
On April 25, the protests first turned violent, with people smashing police cars and looting buildings but the situation first got out of hand on April 27, the day of Gray’s funeral, when rioters burned down a CVS Pharmacy, looted stores and even tore down a under-construction home for the elderly.
City officials declared a state of emergency, bringing in the National Guard to help calm the situation.
All of this has occurred under an African American president, mayor of Baltimore, Baltimore police commissioner and district attorney.
Many now wait, as charges have been filed to see if the system will indict and ultimately convict the officers who had killed Gray.