Thanks to these sights for info: www.rt.com and www.cbsnews.com
On April 12, 25-year-old Freddie Gray was arrested. A week later on April 19, he died a death that would cause riots and protests over the country.
Gray was arrested for owning a “switchblade knife”. When arrested, Gray was put in the police wagon without a seat belt. He asked for an inhaler to help him breathe, but it was not given to him. The police stopped four times to check on him. Not once did they give him medical attention. On the second stop, they took Gray out of the car, and they put him back in on the floor, face down on his stomach. During one of the stops, Gray told the police he couldn’t breathe, yet he received no medical attention. On the fourth stop, Gray was unresponsive.
When Gray arrived at the police station, he was not breathing and had gone under severe cardiac arrest. On April 19, he died from severe spinal cord injuries. Police say Gray caused the injuries himself, but when this was taken to court, the scene was ruled as a homicide.
After Freddie Gray’s death, Baltimore began protesting, and this started an up rise. Millions March says “People of Baltimore have taken to the streets day after day for justice for Freddie Gray and for Black lives across the country but now that the National Guard has been called in and a curfew set, we must stand in solidarity with the people of Baltimore,” Soon, riots began in Baltimore. When speaking of these riots, many tweeters use the hashtag #BaltimoreUprising. “…But protesters have taken over Baltimore streets nightly for the past week or so. The majority of the rallies were peaceful, but rioting and looting on Monday pushed the mayor to implement a week long curfew and for the Maryland governor to declare a state of emergency.” Says www.rt.com.
New York City and Washington D.C. have many protesters in support of Freddie Gray. Eugene Puryear, a local activist from D.C. says, “We wanted to come out and show our solidarity with folks who are protesting for Freddie Gray in Baltimore and continue to bring national attention to this, and not allow for this, like any incident, to be treated as isolated to one city.” Also, an article from www.rt.com stated, “In Washington, DC, the National Black United Front scheduled its own rally in support of Gray and ‘all those that have been killed by at the hands of police terrorism’.”
In New York City, over 60 people have been arrested from the protests. According to CNN News, “Police are charging protesters with disorderly conduct.” The same article from www.rt.com says that, “…hundreds of people gathered in New York’s Union Square to rally against Gray’s death and in support of those in Baltimore.” Millions March is also trying to gather allies for the protests, asking those who support “social, economic, and racial justice” to go to Union Square to “stand in solidarity with them and with their resistance because their resistance is for justice and their justice is our justice.”
Protesters have signs saying, “Justice for Freddie Gray” and “End Police Terror! Racism is the disease, Revolution is the cure!” They chant “Hands up, Don’t shoot” and “Freddie Gray, Mike Brown, shut the whole system down” during the protests in NYC.
These protests aren’t just in one place, though. Through twitter, the protests in New York City have gone viral. Many twitter users use hashtags such as #MikeBrown, #BaltimoreUprising, #NYC, #FreddieGray, #BlackLivesMatter, DCFerguson and #ShutItDown.
On Freddie Gray’s death, it is obvious people are ready for a change. But on the reactions? For some people, the rioters in Baltimore are not protesters or activists, but criminals who should be arrested. On the other hand, others think the riots are a form of protesting and aren’t bad…
What do you think?