It’s so sad to see all of the recent riots against one another in our own country. All of the injustice and horrifying, unjustified retaliation that has gone along with it has been detrimental to what freedom stands for. We are truly living out history. What we are seeing today in Baltimore, and earlier this year in Ferguson, Cleveland, New York, and South Carolina (among other places) will go down in history books as a dark time for our nation. Riots that will surely have made a mark on our own history, unfortunately, will not soon be forgotten.
Freddie Gray, 25, was arrested in Baltimore on April 12 with severe spinal cord injuries that ultimately led to his death in a Baltimore hospital. Segments, that are now viral footage, of cell phone video shot from two different positions appear to begin after Gray has been arrested and show officers dragging Gray, who is handcuffed, to a van. He can be heard screaming. Witnesses say Gray gave himself up without the use of force from the officers. Video evidence did not capture what happened before his arrest or what happened in the van after his arrest. It is believed that Gray asked for medical assistance when he was clearly in need of it but the arresting officers refused to respond to his request.
Riots broke out on Monday, April 27th and have yet to slow down. Effects from the riots can be felt all over the city. The mayor of Baltimore issued a midnight curfew to all citizens in the city-which has now expanded to virtually a lock down by law that only allows you to be on the streets on your way to work or if it’s a medical emergency. Schools have been closed around the city. Even the Baltimore Orioles baseball game was closed to the public. This was the first Major League Baseball game in history that was played without a single soul in attendance. Even in areas of non-violence, residents will tell you that it is a very eerie feeling.
After the state called on over 5,000 extra law enforcement personnel from around the area, more than 200 arrests were made during Monday’s riots. As of early Tuesday morning, more than 20 businesses and 144 cars were reported on fire. These numbers just keep growing.
As of Tuesday morning, 20 police officers had been injured in the riots- six of them are in critical condition. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Freddie Gray and to anyone who may be affected by the Baltimore riots. The Wearable Imaging team prays that the madness will soon end.