April 29, 2016 – A year ago today, on April 29, 2015, the baseball game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago White Sox set an all-time low attendance mark for Major League Baseball. Zero fans attended the game, an astonishing occurrence that has never happened before in baseball’s history.
Camden Yards, home to the Orioles was closed to the public that night – although the game played – due violent protests that followed Freddie Gray’s ‘rough ride” in a police vehicle, his hospitalization, and death.
Next week, the trial for one of the six police officers (three white and three black) involved begins. Officer Edward Nero, white, is accused of the lesser of the charges (second-degree assault and reckless endangerment). Former prosecutor and criminal attorney Warren S. Alperstein states that “many people” will riot in Baltimore if Nero is tried and acquitted. The trial for William Porter, a black officer charged with manslaughter and second-degree assault, and the first of the six to stand trial, ended with a hung jury. He will be retried.
Let’s pray justice is served, and no matter what the outcome, healing, and peace follow.