Change is underway in Baltimore after promising signs of peace. Public officials say it’s been a tumultuous week with protesters angry about the death of 25-year-old Freddie gray. But now, they’re focusing on getting the community back to normal. Fox news correspondent peter Doocy has the latest from Baltimore.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan is calling for a day of peace and prayer amid ongoing rallies related to the death of Freddie gray. Early last week, violent and destructive protests rocked the city of Baltimore. But the governor says things are changing: “Since then, I’ve seen incredible acts of kindness. I’ve seen neighbors helping neighbors. I’ve seen a community that helps each other. And it’s a great way to end the week.”
Prosecutors say Freddie Gray suffered a severe neck injury while in police custody and was refused immediate medical attention when he pleaded for it. On Friday, Baltimore’s state’s Attorney announced six officers are facing charges related to Gray’s death.
Gray’s family Attorney Billy Murphy: “We haven’t asked for a particular verdict. We have said that we want justice. And whatever justice is, will be determined by a jury of twelve people selected by this community.”
A nighttime curfew in Baltimore has been lifted. The National Guard troops are starting to withdraw from the city, but officials say that could take a few days. Four thousand troops and extra police officers were brought in this week to help keep the city safe.
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake: “I think a lot of the unrest has been settled down. Settled down in the sense of the protest. But that doesn’t mean the work doesn’t continue. We are actively engaging with the Department of Justice on collaborative review.”
The six officers who were charged have been released on bail. Prosecutors stress there is still a long legal process ahead.