Saturday 22 July 2017

Baltimore march 'a victory rally'

Top row row from left, Caesar R. Goodson Jr, Garrett E Miller and Edward M Nero, and bottom row from left, William G Porter, Brian W Rice and Alicia D White, the six police officers charged in connection with the death of Freddie Gray (AP/Baltimore Police Department)
Top row row from left, Caesar R. Goodson Jr, Garrett E Miller and Edward M Nero, and bottom row from left, William G Porter, Brian W Rice and Alicia D White, the six police officers charged in connection with the death of Freddie Gray (AP/Baltimore Police Department)

A massive march planned to protest the death of a man in police custody is now being billed as a "victory rally" after Baltimore's top prosecutor filed criminal charges against the six officers involved in the man's arrest.

Thousands of marchers who are expected to hit the streets this weekend will now do so to celebrate the decision by State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby to charge the officers with felonies ranging from assault to murder.

Freddie Gray's death from spinal injuries a week after his April 12 arrest became a rallying cry against brutality and social inequality in the city.

Ms Mosby's announcement yesterday triggered celebrations across the same west Baltimore streets that were smouldering just four days earlier, when Mr Gray's funeral led to riots and looting.

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