Seeds: On Sunday, April 12, 2015, Freddie Gray, a young black man, was arrested for illegal possession of a switchblade (although it has been argued that the knife was not actually a switchblade and was completely legal under Maryland law). Despite the fact that the police report states that the arrest took place “without force or incident,” amateur videos show Gray’s limp body being carried into the back of the police van.
Core: During the course of his ride in the police van, a ride in which the police officers failed to safely buckle his seatbelt, Gray sustained injuries so great that he was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. Gray died in the University of Maryland hospital a week after his arrest.
Skin: Both Freddie Gray’s arrest and the subsequent riots have been widely covered by the news media. Throughout their coverage, news stations repeatedly show the disturbing footage of Gray’s arrest, adding to the shock value of the event.
Leaves: In the aftermath of Gray’s arrest, the city of Baltimore erupted in outrage and riots. Many hoped the riots and protests would pressure the justice system to indict the police officers involved, however, tension in the city continues to grow as the police officers continue to be acquitted of all charges.
Food For Thought: Do you think the police officers involved should be convicted for their involvement in Freddie Gray’s death? Why do you think the officers have been acquitted?