10 things you don't know - and won't hear - about the Baltimore Riots
Published 29/04/2015 | 09:24
There are several indisputable facts about the Baltimore Riots, but there are even more that aren't being reported on.
Violence erupted following the funeral of Freddie Gray, who died in police custody. That much is fact, and has been widely reported.
What hasn't been clearly communicated is that the violence was started by a small group, less than 100 people, while over 4,000 protested peacefully.
A curfew has been imposed, a state of emergency declared and the Maryland National Guard deployed. But here are ten things you're not as likely to know about.
1. Freddie Gray's parents asked for peace.
The parents of the man who died in policy custody have asked for peace, saying "We want you to get justice for our Freddie... but not like this".
2. Other parents are also unhappy with the rioting
A mother went viral after grabbing a man from the riots and giving him a few slaps around the head while she shouted 'I know that's you!'.
The dejected teen removed his face mask and trailed his mother home.
She was later praised by the police, who said they "wished more parents were taking control of their kids today".
3. There has been a peaceful protest every single day since Freddie Gray's death on April 19th.
Over 4,000 people have protested peacefully. The protests have even united rival gangs.
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4. Citizens of Baltimore are taking a stand against the violence.
This woman was captured protecting police cars.
5. Not only are the majority of protesters doing so peacefully, some are even starting dance parties.
6. The clergy marched to stop the violence.
Hundreds of Baltimore clergy marched, linking arms, in an effort to restore peace.
7. Baltimore Journalists are getting notes to allow them to be out on the streets past the newly-imposed curfew.
8. But many claim the media are unfairly reporting the situation.
Several protesters have accused the media of unfairly highlighting the violence and 'instigating' the tension.
The Mayor of Baltimore blamed the media for 'mischaracterizing' her words when she was quoted saying the police "should give those who wished to destroy space to do that".
9. A redheaded woman was portrayed by the media to be drunk and rioting - and she claims neither of those are true.
The woman claims that all she was trying to do was help by stopping rioters smashing windows.
"For one: I was not drunk.... Also: I did NOT, I repeat, NOT throw any chairs".
"I was in no way acting as an instigator but instead a mediator".
A man named Brandon Soderberg had claimed to be the man in the photograph, and that the woman was drunk and he was "saving her from herself" as she went at protesters.
The below video corroborates the woman's claims that she was trying to help, as she can be clearly seen attempting to calm the situation.
10. VICE News are there.
Hailed as some of the grittiest and most honest journalism of the current age, VICE News is there to get the raw story from people who knew Freddie Gray.
"They want to see the officers indited for killing Freddie Gray".
"99.9% of the time with the city and the court structure, those guys will go free. Then guess what's going to happen".
"If they are found not guilty, this is not a fraction of what's going to happen".
"And I'm scared".