Protests are ongoing in the US city following the death of a black youth whilst in police custody
A host of musicians including Gerard Way and Rihanna have reacted to the ongoing protests in Baltimore, offering support to local residents.
Confrontations in the US city began following the funeral of African-American man, Freddie Gray, on Monday (April 27). Gray, 25, was fatally injured whilst in police custody on April 19 after a week-long coma.
As BBC News reports, Baltimore have now declared a state of emergency amid the increasingly violent clashes, which has seen 15 officers injured. The city’s mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has criticised the “thugs who want to incite violence”, marring the “peaceful protests of those who seek justice”.
Artists including Rihanna, Lorde, Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes, Gerard Way, Chuck D and more have offered their support to those involved in the protest, which follows similar incidents in Ferguson and elsewhere in the US.
Rihanna posted the picture of a black riot police officer, while Hynes quoted writer James Baldwin, saying: “No black man has ever been tried by a jury of his peers in America. And if that is so, and I know that is so, no black man has ever received a fair trial in this country. Therefore, I’m under no illusions about the reason why many black people are in prison.”
Lorde, meanwhile, showed her support via a retweet of professor and journalist Marc Lamont Hill, whose tweet read: “To dismiss these uprisings as mere thuggery and criminality is to delegitimize and pathologize black rage.”
See a collection of tweets and posts below.