The Baltimore Peoples Power Assembly hosted what it called a “massive protest” Saturday afternoon calling for the dropping of all charges against those arrested in recent weeks in connection with the riots and looting associated with the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray in police custody.
Noted specifically in the flyer was the 18-year-old who was photographed “allegedly” breaking a police cruiser’s windows with a traffic cone and held on $500,000 bail. News One reports that he was released from jail this week after an anonymous donor made his bail.
Most reporters who might have been assigned to cover the protest were instead at Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course for the 140th Preakness Stakes; still, citizen reporters did capture some of the action this afternoon.
Not at the massive protest today was Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who instead attended the Preakness Stakes and spoke on recent violence in the city.
P.S. That whole story of school kids descending on the Mondawmin Mall, which soon began to resemble “a war zone”? It was a lie started by police, says this lawyer.