We still don't know how Freddie Gray sustained a fatal spinal-cord injury while in police custody on April 12, but we can try to make sense of the resulting protests in the 25-year-old Baltimore man's hometown, the largest of which took place on Saturday and resulted in at least 34 arrests.
The media, the police department, city officials, and protesters have all put forward conflicting accounts of yesterday's events, with many news outlets heavily relying on terms like "violence" and "chaos" in their next-day reporting. (Anyone else having flashbacks to that black people "looting"/white people "finding food" narrative dichotomy post-Katrina?) To combat those potentially inaccurate media narratives, I've waded through social media to assemble a more cohesive, more inclusive timeline of the day.
Saturday, 2 p.m.
The Baltimore Police Department issues its first traffic warning in relation to protesters.
Saturday, 3 p.m.
Saturday, 4 p.m.
Protesters arrive at Camden Yards, where a police barricade has been set up blocking entrance to Oriole Park. The first group of protesters end up at City Hall, where officers are observed carrying riot gear.
Saturday, 5 p.m.
The BPD announces that protesters have left City Hall.
Saturday, 6 p.m.
According to one of the protesters, though, the group had split into three subgroups: one to shut down City Hall, one to shut down Camden Yards, and one to shut down the waterfront.
The Times reports that a group of "as many as 100" went "on a rampage" outside the Camden Yards.
Saturday, 7 p.m.
Police officers begin advancing on protesters.
The BPD announce that they've isolated "out of town" protesters causing "disturbances."
Saturday, 8 p.m.
Saturday, 9 p.m.
An estimated 300 police officers in riot gear advance from multiple directions on protesters in the streets following a standoff, rhythmically beating their nightsticks against their shields.
12 confirmed arrests have been made.
Attendees at Saturday night's Orioles game have been asked to remain inside Camden Yards due to "an ongoing public safety issue."
Elsewhere, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake holds a news conference with Pastor Jamal Bryant and Gray's twin sister, Fredicka Gray. Fredricka urges the city to remain peaceful, saying: "Freddie would not want violence. Violence does not get justice."
Saturday, 10 p.m.
Saturday, 11 p.m.
A police helicopter orders protesters to disperse.
Witnesses report two more arrests. Police reportedly end standoff.
Sunday, 12 a.m.
The PBD tweets that there are "a few individuals causing disturbances in west Baltimore" and that the department will continue "deploying resources to keep the community safe."
Sunday, after 1 a.m.
The headlines roll in.
The Baltimore Sun's front-page story is "peace, then violence," accompanied by a picture of a black man on the hood of a car, smashing the windshield with an orange traffic cone. The New York Times reports on Baltimore's "scenes of chaos" with a photo of a black man stomping through a windshield, another black man standing atop the vehicle. The Washington Post uses a similar photo from a different angle to illustrate a protest "[turned] violent." USA Today opts for "destructive."
Many took to Twitter to call out what they perceived to be a racial, pro-law enforcement bias in reporting. Educator and protester Deray McKesson, who was present during the Saturday protests, tweeted: "When the police snapped #FreddieGray's neck, the @BaltimoreSun did not call it an act of violence. Only black folk are 'violent' to them."
Mayor Rawlings-Blake calls for peace along with "faith-leaders from across the city" of Baltimore.
The BPD tweeted that extra officers would be stationed downtown this weekend for "safety" reasons. The department also issued a statement saying that a "small contingent" of Saturday's protesters caused a "violent commotion." The statement also confirmed that 34 people had been arrested and that 6 officers suffered "minor injuries."
Mourners attend a wake for Freddie Gray at Vaughn Greene Funeral Services. His funeral will be held at New Shiloh Baptist Church on Monday.
The six BPD officers who held Freddie Gray in custody at the time he sustained his fatal injury remain suspended with pay.
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