“A riot is the language of the unheard." — Martin Luther King Jr.
On Monday, April 27, 2015, Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old man who died from a spinal cord injury he sustained in police custody, was laid to rest. That night, an angry Baltimore took to the streets.
Over 200 were arrested in demonstrations over the next few days. The Maryland National Guard was deployed, public schools were closed, and a citywide curfew was imposed.
On Friday, state prosecutors announced that the six officers involved in Gray's arrest would be charged for crimes including homicide and manslaughter.
But the protests, largely peaceful now, continue. Marchers are calling not just for justice for Freddie, but for a bigger look at the underlying problems that got us here.