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Black Lives Matter activists protest police brutality in response to the death of Baltimore citizen Freddie Gray (Flickr.com)

Starting on April 12, 2015, Black Lives Matter protests were staged outside of a Baltimore public housing complex in response to the death of Freddie Gray. Police claimed that Gray injured himself in the back of a police transport vehicle, but Gray's injuries—including a broken spinal cord—led the state's attorney to criminally charge the six officers involved in Gray's arrest and transport. Soon after news of Gray's death became public, an uprising began in the city, leading Governor Larry Hogan to issue a curfew and summon the National Guard to the city. The officers were later found not guilty, though some faced dismissals or penalties from the Baltimore Police Department. Gray's death highlighted not only the issue of police misconduct, but also the general problems to poverty, including lead poisoning and economic opportunities.

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