‘Rihanna’s Freddie Gray concert plan blocked by Baltimore, USA police’

This video from the USA says about itself:

Rihanna, Nas, Alicia Keys: Superstars react to Ferguson grand jury decision

25 November 2014

Social media has been set ablaze after the police officer, Darren Wilson, who shot and killed an unarmed Michael Brown was not indicted by a grand jury in the murder trial in Ferguson, Missouri yesterday and big stars are now reacting differently from all over the world. Rihanna, Nas, Alicia Keys, Pharrell Williams, Gabrielle Union, Keri Hilson, Katy Perry, Michelle Williams, Ludacris and many more jumped on social media to air their views on the shocking verdict which has now left the city of Ferguson in complete violence.

RiRi posted a picture on her Instagram of a board which read: ‘Justice for – (I left it blank) because I’ll probably need this next year‘ and captioned it “Fact”.

From daily The Guardian in Britain:

Rihanna’s Freddie Gray concert was blocked by Baltimore police – reports

Singer had planned to walk with protesters and give free concert for 25-year-old African American man who died in police custody

Nadia Khomami

Wednesday 29 July 2015 12.34 BST

Rihanna was reportedly blocked by Baltimore police from playing a free concert for Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old African American man who was fatally injured by six police officers in April.

According to newly released emails between police and the singer’s representatives, obtained by the Baltimore Sun, Rihanna wanted to go to Baltimore in the week after race-related rioting broke out, to walk with protesters and perform a free concert.

In a message dated 1 May sent to Captain Eric Kowalczyk, the then head of media relations for Baltimore police, an officer detailed a conversation he had with a representative for the singer. He said the representative advised that Rihanna would arrive by plane and “in an effort to divert press/media she will be travelling to the city by train (or by car if necessary)”.

The officer added that the representative “had hoped to secure some extra police security and was directed by the governor’s office to seek assistance through communications”.

The email was forwarded to Anthony Batts, the then Baltimore police commissioner, and Kevin Harris, a spokesman for the mayor of Baltimore, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

The possible concert was also mentioned in a situation report on 1 May, which revealed the location to be the intersection of Pennsylvania and West North avenues, the focal point of the protests. “Possible Rihanna Concert at Penn & North,” it read. “No time given. Police are claiming they have no permit so it will not be allowed.”

A state of emergency was declared in Baltimore amid widespread civil unrest across the city following Gray’s death, which a medical examiner ruled was a result of spinal injuries inflicted by arresting officers. Criminal charges including murder and manslaughter have since been brought against the officers involved.

During the unrest, Rihanna posted on Instagram a picture taken by Baltimore photographer Devin Allen of a black police officer with tear-filled eyes. The picture was accompanied with a crying emoji.

Other musicians who expressed concern about the situation included Kelly Rowland, Gerard Way, and Prince, who played a show at the city’s Royal Farms Arena on 10 May. The concert, Rally 4 Peace, was broadcast live by Tidal, the livestreaming company backed by rapper Jay Z.

The defense rested Friday in the case of William G. Porter, the first of six Baltimore police officers accused of playing a role in the killing of 25-year-old Freddie Gray in April of this year. Jurors are set to convene Monday to begin deliberating on a verdict, which is due by December 17: here.

MISTRIAL DECLARED IN FIRST FREDDIE GRAY TRIAL After a hung jury, a Baltimore judge declared a mistrial in the case of Officer William Porter, who was charged with manslaughter, second-degree assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment in the death of Freddie Gray. [Julia Craven, HuffPost]

5 thoughts on “‘Rihanna’s Freddie Gray concert plan blocked by Baltimore, USA police’

  1. Friday 4th September 2015

    posted by Morning Star in World

    A BALTIMORE judge refused to dismiss charges against six police officers on Wednesday in connection with the April death in custody of black man Freddie Gray.

    Defence lawyers failed to convince circuit judge Barry Williams that alleged misconduct by State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby justified dropping charges of assault and murder.

    Mr Williams ruled that Ms Mosby’s public comments on the defendants initial statements were “troubling” but would not prejudice the jury.

    Dozens of people demonstrated outside the court during the hearing. One person was arrested.

    • An Indian man who was left partially paralysed when he was slammed to the ground by police testified in an Alabama court on Wednesday.

    Speaking through an interpreter, Sureshbhai Patel said that officers had swept his legs out from under him as he was out taking a morning stroll in February.

    “My two hands, my two legs, they all became cold and numb,” he said.



  2. Police settle Gray death with £4.2m

    UNITED STATES: The parents of Freddie Gray reached a $6.4 million (£4.2m) settlement with the city of Baltimore on Tuesday, nearly five months after their 25-year-old son was fatally injured in police custody, sparking days of protests and rioting.

    The deal is among the largest settlements in custody death cases in recent years.

    His spine was injured on April 12 in the back of a prisoner transport van. He died in hospital a week later.



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