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    Freddie Gray's Death Triggers Mass Protests in Baltimore (63)
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    Trials of six US police officers involved in the death of an African-American man who died in police custody are due to begin on Monday in the city of Baltimore, Maryland.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Officer William Porter will be the first to face the court in a series of separate trails scheduled for lawmen from the Baltimore Police Department.

    A grand jury indicted the six officers in May after Freddie Gray, 25, died in April from spinal cord injuries he sustained after he was loaded into the police van.

    The officers reportedly ignored Gray’s requests for medical help. They now face charges on counts of assault, manslaughter, false imprisonment and misconduct in office.

    Protests against police brutality and riots erupted in Baltimore after Gray’s death. Authorities responded by declaring a curfew in the city and deployed the Maryland National Guard. More than 250 people were arrested.

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    Freddie Gray's Death Triggers Mass Protests in Baltimore (63)

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