"How can I be a racist when I've got an adopted black daughter," said one of the demonstrators, a retired Baltimore police officer who wouldn't provide his name, saying he feared for his safety. He said be became a cop in 1977 and he had been shot on duty and received a citation for valor. What happened to Freddie Gray, he said methodically, was a "tragedy," but it wasn't the cops' fault. He said it was like a "car accident," and explained that if one were to get in a car accident and a friend died in the accident it would not be someone else's fault. The city's problems begin with "the people up there," he said, angrily pointing to City Hall behind him.