Friday, May 1, 2015
Baltimore Maryland Riots Again After 36 years
People gather Tuesday, April 28, 2015, in Baltimore, in the aftermath of rioting following Monday's funeral for Freddie Gray, who died in police custody. Gov. Larry Hogan said at a news conference Tuesday that Baltimore will not have a repeat of the riots that happened on Monday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Here we go again! The City of Baltimore Maryland riots again 36 years later. The last time was the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968. On April 12, 2015, 25 year old Freddie Gray was arrested for possession of a switchblade which was later determined to be a lie. While in police custody and on his way to the police station he was injured severely. He died on April 19, 2015 from injuries to his spinal cord and larynx. The Gilmore Homes neighborhood sparked a mass protest with the death of Freddie Gray. After his funeral on April 27, 2015 the protest turned violent and civil unrest ensued because the people were sick and tired of the police. I don’t think the people of Gilmore Homes neighborhood should have vandalize their neighborhood it only hurt themselves.
It was not only in Baltimore where mass protests happened. Cities across the country were protesting the injustice that has been going on for decades. Cities like Washington D.C., Ferguson Missouri, Oakland California, Seattle Washington, Minneapolis Minnesota, Philadelphia and New York. Freddie Gray, Michael Brown, Treyvon Martin, Oscar Grant and the thousands of other who we have not heard of have lost their lives at the hands of police or someone who thought they had authority. The people aren’t standing for this type of blatant abuse of authority anymore.
I lived in Baltimore for a year back in the early 80’s. Back then the people in certain areas of were always complaining about how corrupt the police were. When I went back in 1997 it had not gotten any better. I still saw boarded up row houses, kids hanging out when they were supposed to be in school. The police harassing black men on the street. When my Husband and son went back in 2009 it was still corrupt. Everything was so separate you rarely saw white people unless you went to their neighborhoods or out to the county of Baltimore. Coming from California it was a real culture shock. One thing I can say is that it was good to see white people and other nationalities peacefully protesting with blacks and holding signs saying Black Lives Matter.
This is a nationwide matter the Police Departments across the United States have to do a lot better, be held accountable and stop covering up bad behavior of police officers. This hold situation keeps on happening and people are saying enough is enough.