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Protests erupted after thousands paid their respects to Freddie Gray at the young man’s funeral in Baltimore on Monday. The death of the African-American 25-year-old whilst in police custody has sparked protests both in Baltimore and across the United States.
President Obama answers a question on the riots in Baltimore at a press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Included in his comments: “We can’t just leave this to the police. I think there are police departments that have to do some soul searching. I think there are some communities that have to do some soul searching. But I think we as a country have to do some soul searching. This is not new. It’s been going on for decades.”
Several thousand protesters have converged in the US city of Baltimore to protest over the death of 25-year-old black man Freddie Gray while in police custody.
Gray died on Sunday after sustaining multiple injuries which included three fractures in his neck vertebrae, a smashed voicebox and the severing of 80 per cent of his spine from his neck.
Gray had been in police custody for a week, having been arrested in a high-crime neighbourhood after he made eye contact with police and fled. After he was caught he was found to be carrying a knife.
Melissa Ealey, Gray’s cousin, told Al Jazeera that no crime perpetrated could warrant such abuse.
“There is no reason the police had to conduct themselves in a manner to where…it cost him his life,\" Ealey said. \"I can understand breaking the law is wrong but the way they apprehended him and the things they did were completely against protocol and just inhumane as a whole.\"
\'National epidemic\' of violence
Signs in hand, with slogans such as \"Jail Killer Police\" and \"Unite Here,\" demonstrators from different racial backgrounds flooded two city blocks and marched to city hall, where the crowd overtook a plaza.
March organiser and lawyer Malik Shabazz described violence against by American police officers as \"a national epidemic against black men\".
Twenty-seven-year-old Gray died from injuries he sustained whilst in police custody. According to Gray’s family he suffered a severe spinal injury, his voice box was crushed and his neck was snapped before he slipped into a coma and died.
After his death protesters gathered in Baltimore, demanding the punishment of the officers involved in the arrest of Gray.
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