Thousands Gather to Mourn Freddie Gray in Baltimore
Thousands gathered in Baltimore on Monday April 27 to mourn the death of Freddie Gray, a 25 year-old Black man who suffered severe spinal injuries while in police custody. Over the weekend, Gray’s death sparked widespread protest and national attention, even while President Obama appeared at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner. Activists traveling from Ferguson, Missouri and other parts of the country to take part in organized protests.
Speakers reportedly at the funeral held at the New Shiloh Baptist Church included Rev. Jesse Jackson, who stated Gray was a victim of inequality. “Why wasn’t Fred’s side of town developed?” Jackson inquired. “Why can’t the west side get what downtown gets?”
Jackson indicated there has been 110 deaths at the hands of the police since 2010.
“We are here because we feel threatened,” Jackson stated. “All of our sons are at risk.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md attended the funeral in addition to Jamal Bryant, pastor of the Empowerment Temple AME Church in Baltimore.