After last night’s depressing news from the Ferguson, Missouri grand jury, a number of Baltimore organizations scrambled to organize protests in solidarity with Michael Brown’s family, the people of Ferguson, and victims of police violence.
Other cities from Atlanta to San Francisco saw protests erupt last night after the grand jury decision was announced, but Baltimore was notably (relatively) quiet. New Orleans was, too–perhaps everyone was busy watching the football game. In any case, according to Baltimore Sun night reporter Colin Campbell, a few different protests were announced last night.
Worth noting: We’ve seen — & police report — no #Ferguson protests tonight in Baltimore. Three planned tomorrow: 11:51 a.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m.
— Colin Campbell (@cmcampbell6) November 25, 2014
At least one protest was organized by Baltimore Bloc, which is making the following demands:
(1) That all Baltimore Police officers with histories of brutality and misconduct (“Violent Repeat Off(end/ic)ers”) and officers in the Special Enforcement Section (“The Knockers”) be the first to be equipped with body cameras.
(2) That Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the City Council support any legislation that is introduced by the West Coalition in the upcoming General Assembly, especially those having to do with the Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights.
(3) That the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice investigate the Baltimore Police Department.
The city began planning for protests over the weekend.
It is also a good day to read this poem.
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