May 5, 2015
The eyes of the nation have been focused on Baltimore as protests, riots and looting played out on TV screens across the world. For two former Arkansas journalists who are now working in Baltimore, the demonstrations protesting the death of Freddie Gray are something they’re experiencing firsthand.
Freddie Gray was a 25-year-old black man who was arrested April 12 by Baltimore Police Department officers and suffered a spinal cord injury while in police custody. He died April 19. His death has been ruled a homicide, and six officers who were suspended following his death are facing charges ranging from manslaughter to second-degree depraved-heart murder.
After Gray’s April 27 funeral, demonstrators in Baltimore protested against the treatment of blacks by police. The demonstrations were followed by riots, which led to the National Guard descending to maintain order and enforce a city curfew April 28.