Protests on the day of the first court hearing in the death of Freddie Gray were small and mostly peaceful, but they briefly turned heated when police arrested an activist at the Inner Harbor.
“Tell the truth and stop the lies, Freddie Gray didn’t have to die!” chanted a few dozen demonstrators who gathered outside the Baltimore courthouse Wednesday morning.
The lone arrest came around 9:15 a.m., after protesters marched to the Inner Harbor, where groups of uniformed officers were posted on street corners. Police said they arrested Darius Rosebrough, 21, after he attempted to stop the free flow of traffic and claimed falsely to be struck by a motorist. The charges include second-degree assault and disorderly conduct.
Rosebrough is a community activist and hip-hop artist better known by the name Kwame Rose.
Police said an officer suffered minor injuries while assisting with the arrest.
City and police leaders said they were pleased with how the demonstrations went.
“Today’s actions were peaceful, respectful, and an example of democracy in action,” Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said outside police headquarters late Wednesday afternoon. “And it shows people what Baltimore is really about.”
“Today was a good day for Baltimore,” added interim Police Commissioner Kevin Davis. “The world, certainly the nation, saw the Baltimore Police Department at its best today.”
Source: Baltimore Sun | Alison Knezevich