Things are starting to calm down in Baltimore as residents ban together to clean up and bring peace back into their community.
There were a number of peaceful protesters who formed human barricades between hot-tempered demonstrators and police throughout the day, easing the tension between the two groups. “We show that we can police ourselves,” said a man who stood for hours in what protesters called a “unity line.”
“We’re about positivity here in Baltimore. It starts with us. This long line of people came out here because what we seen on TV (Monday night), we didn’t like it,” the man said.
However, the same can’t be said for other cities like New York City. More than 100 people were arrested during Wednesday night’s “NYC Rise Up & Shut It Down With Baltimore” rally/march. They have since been released without charges, according to the state public defender’s office. The authorities were faced with two choices: either charge them or release them within 48 hours of their arrests.
“We’ve come up on a time line,” said Police Commissioner Anthony Batts. But, he added: “We’re not giving up on them. We’re just going to follow up.”
In Denver, police arrested 11 people–some allegedly even assaulted police officers!
From city to city, each of these protestors have one common goal: to get answers around the death of Freddie Gray at the hands of Baltimore police. It doesn’t stop there. We’re still marching for Walter Scott, Trayvon Martin, Rekia Boyd, Oscar Grant, Kajieme Powell…unfortunately, the list goes on.
Reportedly, there are more protests around the U.S. that are planned for Thursday, April 30. Cities like Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Portland, and Oakland are planning an uprising in support of Baltimore. If your city has one, do yourself a favor and be a part of the movement. The energy of the crowd is enough to ignite the activist in you. We went out to the march on Wednesday night in New York City and the streets were alive as people yelled out, “Whose streets? Our streets!”
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