Baltimore reacts to news of charges in Freddie Gray case

Cheers were heard in West Baltimore Friday after word spread that charges would be filed against six officers in connection to the death of Freddie Gray. After Gray's funeral on Monday, the corner of Pennsylvania and North Avenues was the site of some of the worst looting and rioting in the city. But this time, it was a place for celebration instead.  

Word spreads on Baltimore's streets
As soon as the announcement was made, massive celebrations broke out. Horns honked. People chanted, cheered and prayed in the streets. The decision to file criminal charges against Baltimore City Police officers who were involved in Gray's arrest was what many residents said they had wanted to hear all along.

"They see that, you know, something happened out of it," said Anthony Melvia, who was a friend of Gray. "They got some kind of justice."

While much of the week brought anger to that part of the city, it was gone Friday afternoon.  In its place were joy and a sense of relief.

Two gangs, the Bloods and the Crips, held their red and blue bandannas together in the middle of the street corner, with their hands around each other's backs. Some of them told FOX 5's Emily Miller they were celebrating what they considered victory and the charges brought against the police officers.

People on the streets said Friday's developments created a big moment for Baltimore.

"You had Bloods, Crips, all of them—they got together and they declared peace," said Baltimore resident Terrence Hutton. "They declared brotherhood. No more disputes over corners and different things, no more disputes over different issues—they're now fighting for the same issues. They're brothers."

Police in place to keep the peace
Meanwhile, police from all jurisdictions and the National Guard moved in to keep the peace. Even the Baltimore police controlled the intersection of Pennsylvania and North so people could assemble peacefully.

Still, some said they didn't think it should have to come to this.

"Some people may think the riots solved justice because they reacted after the riots, but at the end of the day, I don't know—it's still our city. That man still resting in peace," said resident Takeya Jones.

Others said there's still more work to be done.

"They got to come in here and heal the people," said Quintin Reid. "The people are part of this community, too. That's the investment they have to make for these people."

Curfew in place, big weekend rally planned
A 10 p.m. curfew remains in place in Baltimore for the weekend. Huge protests were planned for Saturday. The head the group Black Lawyers for Justice, which that scheduled a march for Saturday, said it will now be a "victory rally."  

A peace rally took place outside city hall Friday afternoon, and all of the messages were positive. One participant told FOX 5's Rick Boone he thought Friday's developments were a pivotal moment for Baltimore as a city. He also said while he's relieved by the news of the charges, he won't rest until all six officers are convicted.
 


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