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Baltimore Demands Justice for Freddie Gray's Death – Mayor

© AP Photo / Cliff OwenBaltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
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Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said that Baltimore deserves to know what happened to Freddie Gray who died under unclear circumstances.

 

Demonstrators chant on Pennsylvania Avenue in Baltimore, Maryland, April 28, 2015 - Sputnik International
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The people of Baltimore deserve to know what happened to Freddie Gray who died under unclear circumstances of spinal injury while in police custody, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said in a Twitter message on Thursday.

“Our entire city deserves answers,” Rawlings-Blake stated. “We will remain vigilant on this path to justice.”

On Thursday, Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said the police turned over the investigation into Gray’s death to the US state of Maryland Attorney General’s office to examine the circumstances of the incident.

At least two media outlets have begun spreading false reports and unsubstantiated rumors that Freddie Gray had pre-existing injuries that would vindicate the Baltimore police force - and many more are unquestioningly reposting them - all while official sources remain silent. - Sputnik International
Fabricated Freddie Gray Rumors Swirl in Absence of Official Information
Gray, a 25-year-old African American, was arrested on April 12 and died a week later as a result of severe spinal injuries he received after he was arrested by police. Gray had a lengthy criminal record of drug-related charges.

Following Gray’s funeral on Monday, a wave of protests that turned into riots erupted in Baltimore. Protests followed in other cities including Washington, DC and New York City.

Local media has been questioning the Baltimore Mayor’s decision not to address the crowd during the riots. Rawlings-Blake said in an interview on Thursday she did not want to insert herself in a potentially hostile situation.

The Baltimore riots prompted Maryland’s Governor Larry Hogan to declare a state of emergency and deploy thousands of National Guard troops to quell the riots.

Rawlings-Blake announced a week-long curfew, forcing most Baltimore residents to stay off the streets from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m.

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