A heavy National Guard presence and a draconian curfew have ended the rioting in Baltimore, but, as RT reports, the popular uprising against police brutality has spread across the US. Peaceful protests are taking place in Baltimore and several major cities and on the heels of last night's New York City protests, tonight it is Philadelphia that is seeing clashes between police and civilians...
Protesters organized a demonstration at Philadelphia's City Hall to draw parallels between the death of a man shot during a traffic stop and a death in police custody that sparked riots in Baltimore. The protesters are currently at Broad and Vine Expressway. Protesters are currently trying to get on Vine Street Expressway. According to FOX 29's Dave Kinchen the march is no longer peaceful and fights are breaking out.
Organizers of the "Philly is Baltimore" Demonstration compare the December shooting death of Brandon Tate-Brown in Philadelphia to the April 19 death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore.
The district attorney isn't pressing charges in Tate-Brown's death, saying evidence indicates that he was reaching into his car for a loaded pistol. A lawsuit filed Tuesday alleges that officers planted the gun. Police say city lawyers will respond in court.
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Police broke Line, protestors now heading down Vine. pic.twitter.com/tToTSh9pMx— Vinny Vella (@Vellastrations) May 1, 2015
Chief Inspector Sullivan bloodied in the melee. pic.twitter.com/MkYipS6xqz— Mike Newall (@MikeNewall) May 1, 2015
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Meanwhile, it's quiet in Baltimore for now...
So far, the police's out-of-sight, out-of-mind approach has been the right one. The protest is totally peaceful, atmosphere is very relaxed.— Peter Crispino (@PeterCrispino) May 1, 2015
And then there's Al Sharpton...