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Thousands across U.S. protest death of Baltimore’s Freddie Gray

Hundreds of protesters marched through downtown Baltimore on Wednesday, calling for swift justice in the case of Freddie Gray. (Associated Press)
Hundreds of protesters marched through downtown Baltimore on Wednesday, calling for swift justice in the case of Freddie Gray. (Associated Press)

BALTIMORE – Thousands of people hit the streets in Baltimore and several other cities from Boston and New York to Indianapolis and Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to protest the death of a black man who died of spinal injuries after his arrest by Baltimore police and to demand reforms of police procedures.

While protests of the death of Freddie Gray were mostly peaceful, there were some arrests, including 16 in Baltimore and more than a dozen at a rally in New York. Gray, of Baltimore, was critically injured in police custody.

After meeting with faith leaders and a lawyer for the Gray family, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said officials were working hard to make the investigation into Gray’s death transparent and keep the community informed. Police have said that they will turn over findings from their investigation to the state’s attorney on Friday.

Still, anger and anxiety hung over Baltimore.

Hundreds of protesters marched through downtown, calling for swift justice in the case of Gray.

Authorities carefully monitored the rally after teenagers started the violence Monday afternoon, throwing bricks and bottles at officers who had gathered near a major bus transfer point. The situation escalated from there, overwhelming police as protesters set fire to cars and buildings and raided stores.

Schools closed Tuesday because of the mayhem, but reopened Wednesday, after the city’s first night of a curfew went off without the widespread violence many had feared.

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