Several hundred jubilant people prayed and chanted for justice at a rally near Baltimore's City Hall organized by faith leaders. The rally comes days after the city's top prosecutor charged six officers in the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who died after being injured in police custody.
Under a blazing afternoon sun, the Rev. Lisa Weah, pastor of the New Bethlehem Baptist Church in Gray's neighborhood, said the message of equal justice for all must not be lost."Our prayer is that Baltimore will be the model for the rest of the nation," she said.
The Rev. Jamal Bryant, a fiery leader of the protests, drew deafening applause when he praised Toya Graham, the woman who yanked her son from a crowd of rioters.Bryant also blasted President Barack Obama and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake for calling the rioters and looters "thugs.
"A year from now, the same children you call thugs will be registered to vote," Bryant thundered.