The issue of police brutality has been an issue that has been swept under the rug in the City of Baltimore for decades until Freddie Gray. Since the recent death of Freddie Gray the Baltimore Police Department has been placed under the spotlight for it's unruly and unjust policing practices. On the morning of April 12, 2015 the Baltimore City Police encountered Freddie Gray in the Gilmore Homes section of West Baltimore at 8:45 am. According to police reports Freddie and the police made eye contact and the chase began. Freddie was later caught and detained by Baltimore Police. According to a local Gilmore Homes resident the arrest was captured on video. As the police dragged Mr. Gray to the police wagon Freddie began to scream that he was in pain and needs medical attention. The police continued to place him into the police vehicle. The police made several stops before allowing him to receive medical attention. Once taken to the University of Maryland Hospital Freddie Gray went into a coma.
While Freddie Gray was receiving medical attention at the University of Maryland Hospital he later died. On the April 19, 2015 seven days after his arrest, Freddie was pronounced dead. Since the death of Freddie Gray has sparked national attention on what really happened from the initial time of arrest to his arrival at the hospital. According to reports the van made several stops prior to Mr. Gray receiving medical attention. Shortly after the death of Freddie the City of Baltimore has gone in to remission. The death of Freddie has sparked major tensions between the citizens of Baltimore and the Baltimore Police Department. Citizens that had very little trust in the police department and the local government from the beginning became frustrated. The overall result in frustration lead to looting and rioting which caused a significant amount of property damage to certain sections of West Baltimore. Since the end of rioting the citizens of Baltimore began to organize peaceful protest to express their concerns of distrust of the Baltimore Police Department to local and federal officials. By successfully protesting on May 1,2015 the Maryland State's Attorney office announce that charges will be filed against the six officers involved will the Freddie Gray case. Since the announcement; citizens of Baltimore have felt a since of relief and that justice has been served. Only time will tell if justice has really been served.
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