Reverend Al Sharpton on Monday released a statement on the death of Freddie Gray and says he plans to visit Baltimore. The statement reads:
“I have been asked by many in the Baltimore area since day one to get involved in the justice for Freddie Gray movement. Though I have discussed it on my daily radio and TV shows and been in touch with our NAN Baltimore chapter, I resisted personal involvement until we saw what the promised May 1 investigation report would bring.
“I am saddened and disappointed that there now may not be a report released on May 1. It is concerning to me that a deadline that the police themselves had set and announced they have now conveniently changed. Therefore, I will come to Baltimore this week at the invitation or Rev. Westley West, who has led vigils daily there, along with local clergy, and morning radio show host Larry Young who has headed our Baltimore chapter of NAN for the last decade.
“It is my intention to come and have a meeting with grassroots activists and faith leaders to schedule a two-day march in May from Baltimore to Washington. The march will bring the case of Freddie Gray, Eric Garner, Walter Scott, Eric Harris to the new Attorney General, Loretta Lynch. Ms. Lynch, in her new role that we all supported, must look and intervene in these cases. Justice delayed is justice denied.”
– Reverend Al Sharpton, President, National Action Network
Crowds began arriving Monday morning at New Shiloh Baptist church to pay their respects to Gray, the Baltimore man who died one week after an arrest in West Baltimore. Gray died April 19, one week after being arrested in West Baltimore. The arrest was partially caught on camera. In a statement the family attorney said Gray’s spine was 80% severed.
The Justice Department has opened a civil rights investigation into the circumstances surrounding Gray’s death.
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