Lest We Forget

Freddie Gray1989-2015

On April 12, 2015, Freddie Carlos Gray Jr. was illegally arrested by Baltimore police officers. The police report said that Gray had "fled unprovoked upon noticing police". Baltimore's police commissioner later admitted that it was unclear why the police had stopped Freddie Gray since there is no law that forbids running.

Freddie Gray had not violated the law. But he was a young black man.

State prosecutor Marilyn Mosby said that the police had handcuffed Freddie Gray's arms behind his back and ignored his requests for his inhaler. Instead he was placed face down into the back of a police van. They made several other stops on their way back to the police station while subsequent requests by Freddie Gray for medical help had been ignored.

By the time they arrived they requested paramedics to take Gray to the hospital where it was found out that his spine was 80% severed at his neck. After seven days in comatose, Freddie Gray died on April 19, 2015.

Medical experts confirmed that it would require significant force to inflict the injuries which Freddie Gray suffered. They ruled his death a homicide.

On September 12, 2017, the U. S. Department of Injustice announced that it would not bring federal charges against the six police officers involved in Freddie Gray's arrest.