Van Hollen Statement on Anniversary of the Death of Freddie Gray

“Freddie’s life mattered, black lives matter, and we must work with fierce urgency to end the injustices that still plague our society.”

 

Kensington, MD —¬†Chris Van Hollen released the following statement on the one-year anniversary of the death of Freddie Gray:
“One year ago, the Gray family, the City of Baltimore, and the entire state mourned the loss of Freddie Gray. His life was cut short by our failure to end pervasive environmental injustice, poverty, and the evil of racism that is systemic in our criminal justice system. The criminal trials in the case have yet to conclude, and so we still seek justice for Freddie’s death. But since this tragedy, the City of Baltimore has engaged us all in a vital conversation about how to honor Freddie’s life, enact real change in our community, and end police brutality. We must ensure that children growing up in Baltimore don’t suffer the same injustices Freddie did. Freddie’s life mattered, black lives matter, and we must work with fierce urgency to end the injustices that still plague our society.”