USA – april 16, 2015
Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old man from Baltimore, was arrested by Baltimore police on April 12, 2015. He had run after seeing the uniformed officers. Officers chased and apprehended him. Video shows Gray being dragged to a police vehicle. By all accounts, he was agitated during transport to a city jail. Officers used leg restraints to subdue him. While in custody, Gray displayed signs of serious injury, and he became unconscious. Police called for emergency medical assistance. Freddie Gray was transported to a hospital where he died on April 19, 2015, from a spinal injury.Protests began outside the Western District police station on April 18 and continued after Gray’s death and funeral. Local and Federal authorities opened a series of formal investigations. Six Baltimore City police officers were charged variously with murder and other crimes.In the meantime, protests continued. Police dressed in riot gear were joined by members of the National Guard. Some property was damaged or destroyed. Many organizations cancelled events. Businesses closed. The mayor enforced a curfew. Over one hundred citizens were arrested, held, and released without charges…(read more from source below).