Apr 28 2015

Baltimore Protests Trigger Curfews, National Guard Called In

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GUEST: Marshall “Eddie” Conway, former Black Panther Party leader in Baltimore, currently a reporter with the Real News Network.

Baltimore, Maryland, was the scene of major protests and police response yesterday, as hundreds of National Guardsmen were called in. Hundreds of people were arrested and fifteen police officers are reported hospitalized for injuries. A hundred and forty four cars were reportedly set on fire. News reports abound with stories of “rioting and looting.” Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake dubbed protesters, “thugs.” Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is visiting Baltimore today.

The protests came on the same day as the body of 25-year old Freddie Gray was buried, after a 2-hour service that drew well-known activists and even White House officials. The young African American man was in perfect health when he encountered police. After making eye-contact with the police, he was arrested and subdued. Cell phone footage of him being dragged to a police car show him screaming in pain, his legs limp. Police say they put him in leg irons during the drive to the police station and it was only when they arrived at the station did they decide to offer him medical attention. Gray died in the hospital. Doctors found that his neck vertebrae had been 80% severed.

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