BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore public housing project that was home to Freddie Gray, whose death in police custody sparked violent protest, is being torn down.
A wrecking crew is tearing down the six largest buildings of Gilmor Homes, the troubled West Baltimore public housing project where the 25-year-old was arrested five years ago, The Baltimore Sun reported Friday.
Among the buildings coming down is one with a graffiti memorial to Gray where mourners gathered after his death and laid candles on his birthday.
Gray was arrested on April 12, 2015, after police made eye contact with him and another man, both of whom ran. Officers put Gray in the police van, and he told officers several times that he needed medical care. He was taken to a police district station before an ambulance took him to a hospital in critical condition.
Gray died at a hospital on April 19. Six days later, a peaceful protest into downtown Baltimore turned violent. Hours after Gray’s funeral on April 27, more unrest lasted into the night. More than 200 people were arrested.
Six Baltimore police officers were charged in Gray’s death. Three were acquitted and then-Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby dropped the remaining cases.