Baltimore takes steps to get back to normal

By Leah Walker

Peaceful protesters marched Wednesday to Penn Station and City Hall for justice and to take the steps needed to help rebuild the community.

People gathered in West Baltimore and Downtown to continue to help clean up the debris that followed the riot that took place on Monday, April 27, between police and teens.

“Today we are taking the next step in the process to rebuild and to help our residents and communities begin the journey towards healing,” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

When Rawlings-Blake met with the Gray family she gave her deepest sympathy about the death of Freddie Gray. She also said that she was honored and blessed to be able to stand with the family to call for justice and peace within the community.

Rev. Delman Coates of Mt. Ennon Baptist Church and Rev. Donte Hicks organized a prayer vigil and rally today at noon for the city of Baltimore, the state of Maryland and for the family of Freddie Gray.

Thousands of people marched to the State’s Attorney’s Office encouraging State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby and local authorities to continue investigating the death of Freddie Gray and to draw the public attention to the 17 police accountability bills that the state legislature failed to pass during the recent legislative session.

“We must refocus on Freddie,” said Coates.

“All findings and information will be turned over to the State’s Attorney Office,” said Capt. Eric Kolwalczyk.

Baltimore plans to make a re-approach to how officials are being trained to bring peace to the residents of the community, the state and also to maintain the protection and security of the citizens in America.

“It’s time to change our approach…this is a common sense step we should take,” Hillary Clinton said after her speech today on race and justice in America. “We have allowed our criminal justice system to get out of balance.”

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