The Governor of Maryland has deployed state troopers to Baltimore amid days of protests following the death of Freddie Gray. Gray died Sunday of spinal injuries a week after the arrest. His family and attorney say his voice box was crushed and his spine was “80 percent severed at his neck.” Police have confirmed Gray was not wearing a seat belt in a police van, where he was handcuffed and in leg irons.

In California, the local chapter of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union has vowed to shut down ports on May 1 in a historic protest against police brutality. In a statement, the union said, “It is fitting that on May Day, International Workers Day, Bay Area ports will be shut down to protest the racist police killing of mainly black and brown people.”

Art based on photo by JM Giordano/Guardian
Text edited from Democracy Now!

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