1,500 march on Minneapolis streets in support of Baltimore protesters


An estimated 1,500 people are marching through downtown Minneapolis this evening in support of people in Baltimore who are protesting the death of a young man who died in police custody.

Freddie Gray died on April 19 from injuries he suffered when he was arrested by Baltimore police. After his funeral service Monday, a massive protest began in Baltimore which turned violent in a few places.

At least 15 police officers were injured and dozens of fires were started. A citywide curfew is now in effect.

"We call upon Baltimore officials to conduct an investigation into the death of Freddie Gray," organizers of the Minneapolis rally said in a statement on the group's Facebook page. "State sanctioned violence against Black people nationally must end."

The event began at Gold Medal Park, and marchers then began walking west on Washington Avenue. Police officers were at hand and closed traffic on side streets as the group made its way down the street.

The marchers eventually reached the Hennepin Ave. bridge according to MPR News, which had a live blog of the event.

Here are some tweets from the march.

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