Marchers in Baltimore began gathering Saturday to protest death of Freddie Gray, an African-American resident who was fatally injured after his arrest by police more than a week ago. The planned demonstrations were expected to alternate between the City Hall, the site of Gray's arrest and a police station. More than 1,000 marchers were expected to participate, police said.
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Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake had praised protest organizers for peaceful demonstrations over Gray's death, earlier in the week. Unlike in Ferguson, Missouri, where protests turned to rioting, arson and looting last fall, protests in Baltimore have resulted in a handful of arrests and no major violence, Reuters reported.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Thursday order nearly three-dozen state police troopers to maintain order at protests. Also unlike Ferguson, where the state troopers and National Guard soldiers turned to paramilitary tactics to control demonstrators, Baltimore police had remained in patrol uniforms and gave protesters their space. "We don't want to come off heavy-handed, yet," Ken Jones, a police spokesman, told Reuters on Friday.
Police have said Gray and a second man fled when officers approached them in a high-crime area of Baltimore on April 12. Gray was caught and arrested for carrying a switchblade knife. He was then placed into a police van for transport to a police station, but was not buckled in at any time. Officers did not provide Gray medical attention, even though he requested it several times, the city's police commissioner said.
Gray arrived at a police station unresponsive when officers removed him from the police van. He was taken to the hospital, where died last Sunday, police said. A preliminary autopsy report found that Gray suffered a spinal injury caused by blunt force. Baltimore Police Deputy Commissioner Kevin Davis said on Friday that the exact cause of Gray’s fatal injury was still under investigation.