A year later, Baltimoreans discuss what Freddie Gray means to them

One year after the death of Freddie Gray, The Baltimore Sun asked city leaders and residents what Freddie Gray means to them. (Baltimore Sun video)

"What does Freddie Gray mean to you?"

One year after the death of the 25-year-old West Baltimore man from injuries sustained while in police custody, The Baltimore Sun asked city leaders and residents what Freddie Gray means to them.


"Justice and sadness," said Nikki Norwood.

"Hope and despair at the same time," said Brandon Scott, Baltimore City Council.


"He was a human being," said Toya Graham. The Baltimore mother was captured on video chastising her son as he was poised to throw rocks at police officers at Mondawmin Mall during the unrest.

Gray's death on April 19 touched off citywide protests and riots, looting and arson on the day of his funeral on April 27.

One year later, many say the city is still feeling the effects of his death, the unrest  and the criminal charges brought against six police officers involved in his arrest. All of the officers have pleaded not guilty.

"He really awakened the city," said Monica Meade.


In order of appearance:

  • Lori Plaza
  • Milton Lessane
  • Antoine Hale
  • Kevin Rohde
  • Tyree Arrington
  • Justin Forsett, Baltimore Ravens
  • Donielle Zapanta
  • Michael Vaughn, street poet
  • Nikki Norwood
  • Anthony "Tony Bean" Banks
  • Brandon Ross, Freddie Gray friend
  • Monica Meade
  • James Peyton
  • Alper Aksit
  • Gregory Thornton, CEO, Baltimore City Schools
  • Jerry “Ice” Willis
  • Spike Gjerde, chef, Woodberry Kitchen
  • Zelly Smith, Freddie Gray friend
  • Allan Sims
  • Michael Morgan
  • Devin Randall
  • Anne Sloane
  • Toya Graham, mom who berated son during riots
  • Bernard C. “Jack” Young, Baltimore City Council president
  • Dwayne Weaver, Keystone Pharmacy
  • Wanda White
  • Charnise Jefferson
  • Kevin Davis, Baltimore police commissioner
  • Thomas Thornton
  • Heather England
  • Tahsine Sheppard
  • Dr. Thomas Scalea, University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center physician-in-chief
  • Monica Robinson
  • Roscoe Johnson III, executive director, Druid Heights Community Development Center
  • Terrance West, Baltimore Ravens
  • Ronald J. Daniels, president, the Johns Hopkins University
  • Rev. Westley West, Faith Empowerment Ministries
  • Brittany Oliver, director, Hollaback!
  • Jamal Bryant, pastor, Empowerment Temple
  • Brandon Scott, Baltimore City Council
  • Donte Hickman, pastor, Southern Baptist Church
  • Rev. Glenna Huber, vicar, Episcopal Church of the Holy Trinity
  • Gregory Jones

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