- The Washington Times - Monday, April 27, 2015

Al Sharpton announced Monday that he’s heading to Baltimore to help protesters organize a two-day march for Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died this month after sustaining serious injuries while in police custody.

“I have been asked by many in the Baltimore area since day one to get involved in the justice for Freddie Gray movement,” the civil rights leader said in a statement on his National Action Network website. “I will come to Baltimore this week at the invitation or Rev. Westley West, who has led vigils daily there, along with local clergy, and morning radio show host Larry Young who has headed our Baltimore chapter of NAN for the last decade.”

Mr. Gray died April 19 after his voice box was crushed and his spine nearly severed while in police custody. The police department has suspended with pay the six officers who played a role in apprehending and transporting Mr. Gray as they investigate his death.

“It is my intention to come and have a meeting with grassroots activists and faith leaders to schedule a two-day march in May from Baltimore to Washington,” Mr. Sharpton’s statement continued. “The march will bring the case of Freddie Gray, Eric Garner, Walter Scott, Eric Harris to the new Attorney General, Loretta Lynch. Ms. Lynch, in her new role that we all supported, must look and intervene in these cases. Justice delayed is justice denied.”

Near-nightly protests have been held in the city since Mr. Gray’s death, with one group turning violent Saturday following a largely peaceful mass demonstration.

Officials said Monday the investigation would be completed by May 1 and then handed to state prosecutors, who would decide whether or not to bring state criminal charges.

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