*(Via Washington Post) – In a West Baltimore neighborhood where police chased down an African American man who later died, black residents on Wednesday aimed the brunt of their outrage at the six officers involved in the incident.
But they also expressed anger toward the city’s mayor and police commissioner, whom they accuse of withholding key facts about the case.
That Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts also are black is of no apparent reassurance to an African American community that for generations has viewed the police with unceasing mistrust.
“It doesn’t matter who’s in the top positions — white, black, Asian,” said Earl Williams, 52, an African American, sitting on his front steps around the corner from where police took custody of Freddie Gray on April 12 before he was hospitalized and died. Police said a preliminary autopsy shows that Gray suffered a severe injury to his spine.
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