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Baltimore Activists To Hold 'Victory Rally' After Charges In Gray Death

Demonstrators celebrate the announcement of six officers charged in the police-custody death of Freddie Gray following his arrest last month before a curfew goes into effect on Friday.
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Demonstrators celebrate the announcement of six officers charged in the police-custody death of Freddie Gray following his arrest last month before a curfew goes into effect on Friday.

A photo provided by the Baltimore Police Department on Friday shows, top row from left, Caesar R. Goodson Jr., Garrett E. Miller and Edward M. Nero, and bottom row from left, William G. Porter, Brian W. Rice and Alicia D. White, the six police officers charged with felonies ranging from assault to murder in the death of Freddie Gray.
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A photo provided by the Baltimore Police Department on Friday shows, top row from left, Caesar R. Goodson Jr., Garrett E. Miller and Edward M. Nero, and bottom row from left, William G. Porter, Brian W. Rice and Alicia D. White, the six police officers charged with felonies ranging from assault to murder in the death of Freddie Gray.

Organizers of a planned march today in Baltimore they say will be a "victory rally" after the city's top prosecutor declared the death of Freddie Gray a homicide and filed criminal charges against six officers involved in the man's arrest.

Activists say the rally will begin at noon, beginning in the West Baltimore neighborhood where Gray lived and making its way to City Hall.

On Friday, Marilyn J. Mosby, the state's attorney for Baltimore, laid out the charges against the officers, including second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter. On April 19, Gray died of a spinal injury believed to have been sustained during or after his arrest the previous week.

Thousands of marchers are expected in the streets today, according to The Associated Press. On Monday, Gray's funeral sparked rioting in West Baltimore that led to the arrests of more than 200 people.

Mosby's announcement on Friday triggered celebrations on the same streets where the looting and vandalism took place, AP says. More than 1,000 people also marched to the city jail to seek the release of people detained during this week's unrest.

WBAL-TV reports: "From there, marchers wound through city streets to the site of Monday's rioting, then through the neighborhood where Gray was arrested and toward western district police headquarters."

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