Residents shouted with joy, embraced and honked car horns on Friday on the same Baltimore streets where rioters had clashed with police earlier this week in anger over the death of a black man who suffered severe spinal injuries while in custody.
The news that prosecutors have criminally charged all six police officers involved in the April 12 arrest of Freddie Gray, however, did not salve residents' anger over poor relations between police and African-American communities."Justice still hasn't prevailed yet," said community college student Earl Tillman, 46, standing in front of Baltimore City Hall. "We have to get hold of this problem. America does. This is a much bigger issue than Baltimore."
Tillman said he would have liked to see more serious charges filed against more of the officers and cautioned that the officers could escape conviction at trial.
Hundreds of people gathered at the scene of some of Monday night's rioting in the West Baltimore neighborhood, closely watched by National Guard troops and police officers.