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Unrest in Baltimore and Across the Nation

Another ruling is expected today in connection to the death of Freddie Gray. (baltimorecitypolicedept.org)
Another ruling is expected today in connection to the death of Freddie Gray. (baltimorecitypolicedept.org)
July 18, 2016

BALTIMORE – Another tragic weekend – this time with police officers killed in Baton Rouge, La.

Meanwhile, in Baltimore, unrest continued as more than 60 people were arrested, 10 of them juveniles, accused of blocking traffic on Interstate 63.

They were protesting what they consider violence by police, and focused on last year's death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray.

The Rev. Ramelle McCall of St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Baltimore, says there's still a lot of anxiety and tension in Maryland over Gray's death.

He says people want to see justice, and many are angry. And he says that needs to be acknowledged.

McCall is calling for peace, but he says there's more to it than that.

"I think there's been a quick judgment to say you know, don't get angry, be peaceful,” he states. “But I think it's important that, in this particular context, that we at least confirm some of the anger.

“And another emotion that it is is an extreme level of depression and hopelessness."

Gray died in April last year as a result of injuries suffered while being taken to jail.

Baltimore Police Lt. Brian Rice is charged with involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office, in part having to do with failing to secure with a seat belt.

McCall says it's very human to feel anger and other emotions.

"It doesn't necessarily always fix the overall problems in our society, but I do think that there is always room for people to be a bit more remorseful and empathetic, and there's always room to have better relations with public service as well as within a community," he stresses.

Circuit Judge Barry G. Williams says he will issue a ruling in the bench trial at 10 a.m. today.


Veronica Carter, Public News Service - MD