BALTIMORE: AFRO-AMERICAN DEAD AFTER ARREST, MARCHING PROTESTS IN THE COUNTRY Yet another abuse of power by security forces, 6 police officers suspended awaiting for trial

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Hundreds of protester marching and shouting “No justice! No peace!”. They asked “Justice for Freddie”, yet another young Afro-American who died after the police arrested him. Freddie Grey, 27, tried to avoid being controlled. Therefore, he was arrested but he went into a coma and died after a few days. The autopsy reported injuries to his spine. Hence, officers are accused of brutality against black people again. “There are similar cases throughout the whole country – said one of the protesters – we are just asking for justice and peace”. A woman said she was shocked because “he died when he was with the police” underlining he should not have died, “he could be in prison or not, but he should be alive!” she added.

Meanwhile, in Baltimore, 6 officers were suspended. The Mayor of Baltimore announced that the Local Police Department, the Power of Attorney and an Independent Commission are leading investigations, in order to understand who is responsible. Nevertheless, debates are raising. On Saturday, there was a manifestation in front of the police station where the man was arrested. After the announcement of his death, the Justice League of New York encouraged a new initiative in front of the police station. “Enough is enough. Police brutality must stop” said the group.

It is still unknown how Grey was injured or whether the officers were black or white. No officer said anything about it. Nevertheless, the Mayor of Baltimore, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, and the chief officer of the police, Anthony Batts, assured that every piece of information would be announced. “I do understand the frustration of the community, and I will be very serious about my openness,” said the mayor. The lawyer of the family of Gray reported that the Baltimore Sun accused the police because “they are not going to reveal how Freddie, until they find a version that can clear them all from every responsibility”. Grey – they said – was healthy when he was arrested-

Translation provided by Mary Ann D’Costa

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