In April 2015, 25 year old Freddie Gray died in while in Baltimore City Police custody after being severely beaten upon arrest. On the day of his funeral, the city had had enough and erupted as riots broke out in protest. In this episode of Living in HD, I speak with activist-journalist Sean Yoes who has authored the book Baltimore After Freddie Gray: Real Stories From One of America’s Great Imperiled Cities. The book features a carefully selected compilation of articles and editorials written by Yoes that chronicles the events of 2015 and the subsequent years after Freddie Gray’s death. The focus of my story is how this native son of Baltimore uses his voice and platform to push for police reform and works to protect the narrative of the events surrounding Freddie Gray’s death and the healing in the aftermath of chaos.
Montage of voices in the open: Byron Pitts ABC News; former Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake; Gray family attorney William “Billy” Murphy, Jr; and Sean Yoes.
Reference to Forbes Most Dangerous Cities – Baltimore #7