The Tragedy of Freddie Gray, Act 2

Timeline of Freddie Gray’s arrest. Wikimedia Commons, uploaded by Cwobeel, CC BY-SA 4.0

Timeline of Freddie Gray’s arrest. Wikimedia Commons, uploaded by Cwobeel, CC BY-SA 4.0

If you were in Baltimore this spring, you witnessed and felt our city’s pain in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody on April 19. Protests, violence, looting and fires, clean up, marches, arrests, indictments: a series of events that have come to be called, collectively, the #BaltimoreUprising. After a summer of reflection and investigation, the stage is now set for Act 2, as the six police officers involved in the original arrest of Freddie Gray and his subsequent death, ruled a homicide, come up for trial one by one.

If you are a student new to Baltimore, or if you want to know more about what happened, a panel discussion tonight will feature four students who spent the summer conducting interviews in the neighborhoods at the center of the uprising. They will review the spring’s events and describe what they learned.

You can also stay abreast of the trials as they unfold, and any repercussions across town and on campus, by following the news as it emerges. The Sheridan Libraries provide the Hopkins community with a deep bench of newspaper subscriptions and access to databases like LexisNexis that allow you to monitor events through a variety of media sources. We’ll even show you how to set up RSS Feeds and Google News Alerts, to get updates on the topics of your choice. Be sure to sign up for JHU emergency announcements, if you haven’t already, to find out about any cancellations due to further unrest.

The trials scheduled for this fall and winter are sure to test our city once again. Let’s stay connected to each other and informed, so we can respond as a community with knowledge, integrity, compassion, and a firm resolve for justice.

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