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USA: Freddie Gray protesters denounce police shooting of 13 y/o in Baltimore01:52

USA: Freddie Gray protesters denounce police shooting of 13 y/o in Baltimore

United States, Baltimore
April 28, 2016 at 03:48 GMT +00:00 · Published

A group of protesters in Baltimore reacted to the news that police officers had shot a 13-year-old boy in the city on Wednesday while he was reportedly carrying what police described as a "replica" gun. The protesters were staging a rally over the 2015 death of Freddie Gray in police custody when news of the shooting broke.

Upon hearing the news, one protester said: “At the end of the day, at what point are they going to stop shooting us down before they ask questions? When are they going to stop playing judge, jury, prosecutor and executioner?"

Commenting on the police version of events, independent journalist James McArthur, who was also at the protest, said: "It is crucial to note that the whole time the narrative was being given by the police commissioner we were told they were police officers. It wasn't until I asked where they uniformed or not that he said yes they were actually plain clothes. So it is already, they were trying to frame a certain image, you know, of a uniformed officer, 'why would this kid run from these officers?' Well no these were just two adults who he didn't know, which if you 13 years old in East Baltimore, you don't trust people you don't know. That's normal survival instinct."

The boys gunshot wounds are not fatal and he is being treated in hospital for his injuries. The boy's mother has been taken in for questioning.

USA: Freddie Gray protesters denounce police shooting of 13 y/o in Baltimore01:52
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A group of protesters in Baltimore reacted to the news that police officers had shot a 13-year-old boy in the city on Wednesday while he was reportedly carrying what police described as a "replica" gun. The protesters were staging a rally over the 2015 death of Freddie Gray in police custody when news of the shooting broke.

Upon hearing the news, one protester said: “At the end of the day, at what point are they going to stop shooting us down before they ask questions? When are they going to stop playing judge, jury, prosecutor and executioner?"

Commenting on the police version of events, independent journalist James McArthur, who was also at the protest, said: "It is crucial to note that the whole time the narrative was being given by the police commissioner we were told they were police officers. It wasn't until I asked where they uniformed or not that he said yes they were actually plain clothes. So it is already, they were trying to frame a certain image, you know, of a uniformed officer, 'why would this kid run from these officers?' Well no these were just two adults who he didn't know, which if you 13 years old in East Baltimore, you don't trust people you don't know. That's normal survival instinct."

The boys gunshot wounds are not fatal and he is being treated in hospital for his injuries. The boy's mother has been taken in for questioning.

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