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Baltimore Deputy Takes Down Black Protester After Cop's Mistrial In Freddie Gray Death (Video)

| by Michael Allen
Baltimore Protester being taken down by deputyBaltimore Protester being taken down by deputy

On Dec. 16, a Baltimore Sheriff's deputy took down an unidentified black protester outside the courthouse where a mistrial was declared in the case of 26-year-old police officer William Porter, one of the six cops being tried in the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray (video below).

The deputy rushed the unidentified protester for no apparent reason while CBS News filmed the incident.

More deputies surrounded the protester, and they ordered the crowd back.

CBS News reporter Kris Van Cleave said the demonstrator had been using a bull horn, shouting obscenities at police, and chanting, "Justice for Freddie Gray."

Van Cleave didn't recall the demonstrator saying anything right before the deputy rushed him; a friend of the demonstrator had the bull horn at the time.

CBS News also showed a clip of Van Cleave trying to interview a black female protester. At one point, Van Cleave told her not to yell at him.

"That's called tone policing," the female protester replied. "That's also offensive. So maybe you should check yourself before you come into a black community because obviously you don't know how to carry yourself."

Moments later, someone told Van Cleave that the interview was going to be shut down in two minutes.

Porter is still charged with involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office in connection with Gray's death, the Baltimore Sun reports. Another trial will likely occur.

Porter was reportedly present at five of the six stops made by a police van that carried Gray in a fatal ride back in April. Gray died from a spinal cord injury in the back of the van, and prosecutors contend that Porter did not call for medical help for Gray.

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake told residents on Dec. 16:

All of us, if we believe in justice, must have respect for the outcome of the judicial process. This is our American system of justice. Twelve Baltimore City residents answered the solemn call to serve. They listened to the evidence presented and they rendered a decision. if some choose to protest, they must peacefully demonstrate, that is their right.

But we also want to be very, very clear about any potential disturbances in our city. We are prepared to respond. We will protect our residents. We will protect our neighborhoods, our businesses and we will protect the safety of our first responders.

In the evening, large crowds of protesters walked through the city chanting, "This is what democracy looks like!"

Sources: The Baltimore Sun, CBS News via YouTube / Photo Credit: CBS News Screenshot