On April 12, 2015, 25 year old African American Baltimore Maryland resident Freddie C. Gray, Jr was arrested by Baltimore City Police and he died on April 19, 2015. It was determined, by an official investigation, that the injuries that caused the death of Mr. Gray were caused by the improper transportation he received while in custody.
On April 18, 2015 residents of Baltimore protested throughout the City, it was peaceful but by April 25, 2015 things changed. Protesters marched from City Hall to the Inner Harbor in Baltimore and after the protest; some folks became violent by damaging business, throwing rocks at the police, and burning police vehicles and at least 34 people were arrested during the riots and 6 police officers were injured.
After of the riots Baltimore Mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced a citywide curfew from 1000 – 0500 and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan declared a “State of Emergency” and activated the Maryland National Guard.
To show solidarity with Baltimore, Philly Coalition for Real, hosted PhillyIsBaltimore at 1 Penn Square aka Dilworth Park in front of Philadelphia City Hall. The protest was very peaceful and showed Baltimore and the rest of the world that Philadelphia shared their pain. I decided to head down after work and capture a few images of the protest, enjoy.