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Some say the rioters are not protesting the violence inflicted on Freddie Gray by the police ("Heavy National Guard presence in central Baltimore," April 28) but, in fact, are inflicting their own brand of violence back upon the police.

Policemen in Baltimore are inflicting excessive and unwarranted brutality upon those they arrest. Gray could not have sustained the spinal cord injury without uncalled for physical abuse by the police. By all accounts, he did not draw a gun or knife on the police. The force used on him was out of proportion to his behavior.

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Frederick Knowles, Chestertown

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