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Black Lives Matter plans Minneapolis rally to show support for Baltimore


In the wake of violent and destructive protests in Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray, the nation's latest symbol of police brutality, Black Lives Matter activists in Minneapolis will be holding a rally to show their support.

The group is calling for Minnesotans to join them Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at Gold Medal Park in Minneapolis, the group's Facebook event page says.

"We must stand in solidarity with the people of Baltimore," the page says, adding: "Their resistance is for justice and their justice is our justice."

The protests in Baltimore, Maryland, are being called the most violent unrest in the United States since the riots in Ferguson, Missouri, last year following the death of Michael Brown – an incident that sparked Black Lives Matter protests across the nation, including in the Twin Cities.

Freddie Gray

Gray, a 25-year-old black man, died a week after suffering a spine injury while in police custody, the Baltimore Sun notes in a timeline of events.

Police have said there is no evidence officers used force, but a lawyer for Gray's family accused the department of covering it up, the New York Times reports. The Justice Department has opened a civil rights inquiry into his death.

Protests over Gray's death escalated Monday following his funeral. Residents threw bottles and chunks of concrete at officers who lined streets in riot gear, reports say. At least 15 police officers were injured, six seriously, Reuters notes.

Nineteen buildings and 144 vehicles were set on fire, the publication adds, store windows were shattered and stores were looted, the Baltimore Sun reports.

The protests led to the arrest of 202 people Monday, Reuters says.

Police and crowds gathered in the streets again Tuesday as the state deployed the National Guard – this is the first time the National Guard has been called up in Maryland for riot control since 1968, the Baltimore Sun says.

President Barack Obama condemned the violent protests in Baltimore Tuesday, calling it "counterproductive," CNN reports. He has also called for full transparency into the investigation into Gray's death.

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