- Associated Press - Thursday, April 30, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Protesters planning a demonstration at Philadelphia’s City Hall are drawing parallels between the death of a man shot during a traffic stop and a death in police custody that sparked riots in Baltimore.

Organizers of the “Philly is Baltimore” protest Thursday compare the December shooting death of Brandon Tate-Brown in Philadelphia to the April 19 death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore.

The district attorney isn’t pressing charges in Tate-Brown’s death, saying evidence indicates that he was reaching into his car for a loaded pistol. A lawsuit filed Tuesday alleges that officers planted the gun. Police say city lawyers will respond in court.

Officials in Maryland say 25-year-old Gray had severe spinal injuries when he died a week after officers in Baltimore loaded him into a van without a seat belt.

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