The Interim Police Commissioner's department sent two phalanxes of officers, some wearing riot gear, to disperse a small group of protesters trying to stop traffic on Pratt Street during the first motions hearing in the Freddie Gray case. Almost as soon as the protesters reached the street, a voice coming from Foxtrot declared the demonstration illegal, and officers moved in to aggressively get protesters on the sidewalk—City Paper spoke with multiple people who were either struck with batons or shoved. Later, Davis took part in a farcical press conference with Mayor $RB, in which both praised the BPD and talked about what a great day it was for the First Amendment in Baltimore. The reality on the ground seemed much different.
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