During the last few hours, Baltimore was shaken because of manifestations and slashes after the funeral of Freddie Gray – 25-year-old Afro-American who died one week after his arrest because of bad injuries to his spine.
Protester brought their anger in the streets, shops destroyed, cars burnt and officers trying to calm the situation were hit by stones thrown at them, sometimes they were even forced to face protesters.
The video that became a symbol of protests in Baltimore show a young boy ready to throw rocks at police officers; he was totally dressed in black and he had a balaclava to cover his face. Nevertheless, his mother’s eyes recognized him and she went down in the streets, she went to her son and without noticing those who were recording with their smartphones, she took him by the ear and slapped his way home.
“He is my only son. And, at the end of the day I don’t want him to be another Freddie Gray” she declared in an interview. In just a few hours, the woman became famous all around the world and the video showing her slapping her son to make him get back home became viral on social networks.
Translation provided by Mary Ann D’Costa