Baltimore Reacts to Officer Goodson's Acquittal (2016) | 4 min
Baltimore residents protested the acquittal one of the officers of the Baltimore Police Department involved in the death of Freddy Gray, an African-American resident of Baltimore. Gray was arrested on weapon charges and subsequently loaded on a police van. According to court records, Gray was never buckled up before being transported. During the van ride to the police station where he was to be detained, Gray suffered major spinal cord injury, which later caused his death. Gray's death was followed by national outrage, which took the form of massive unrest on the streets of Baltimore. On year later, none of the six police officers indicted in Gray's death were found guilty. Officer Goodson, who drove the van, faced the heaviest charges. He was acquitted on June 23, 2016. Protests followed.