In the aftermath of the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody on April 12th, Baltimore has been filled with thousands of angry demonstrators. The protests began last week, and on Monday when violence broke out after Gray’s funeral a state of emergency was declared. Baltimore police and the Maryland National Guard have been present at these protests, and several arrests have been made.
Much of the media coverage of these protests has been focusing on the amount of destruction caused by the protests, showing images of broken glass and debris. However, there is a whole other side to these protests that is getting less attention.
Photographer Antonio Jaggie was on the scene, and document the protests occurring on Tuesday. In these truly remarkable photographs, Jaggie captured a much more beautiful side of the protests, showing the citizens of Baltimore coming together as a community to fight for equality. His photography highlights the real purpose behind these protests, which is not senseless violence and destruction, but rather a demand for justice.