The past week has seen an avalanche of accounts from those who grew up in inner city Baltimore of their encounters with brutal, dehumanizing policing tactics. Ta-Nehisi Coates of The Atlantic, who grew up near the epicenter of Monday's riots and whose mother was raised in the same housing project where Gray lived, wrote that "everyone I knew who lived in that world regarded the police not with admiration and respect but fear and caution." He added: "When nonviolence is preached as an attempt to evade the repercussions of police brutality, it betrays itself." D. Watkins, the Baltimore native, author and Coppin State professor, wrote in The New York Times about run-ins with the cops that left him, his family and friends bruised, bloodied and humiliated, even when they were the victims of crime. "To us, the Baltimore Police Department is a group of terrorists, funded by our tax dollars, who beat on people in our community daily, almost never having to explain or pay for their actions." Shaun La, a writer and photographer who grew up in Baltimore, wrote in The Sun that "some of the cops would use Black Baltimore as a playground to do whatever they wanted to do."