- Associated Press - Friday, October 16, 2015

BALTIMORE (AP) - Children as young as 8 are among the youthful Baltimore residents demanding police department reform in response to Freddie Gray’s death.

Several dozen children and young adults rallied Friday near City Hall to support a six-point plan proposed by a coalition of activists and the Washington-based Center for American Progress.

Their recommendations include firing officers who use excessive force. Another proposal seeks an accelerated timetable for equipping all officers with body cameras.

Former NAACP president Ben Jealous helped draft the proposals. He says city officials could implement the agenda next week if they chose to.

The rally follows a demonstration Wednesday night in which 16 young protesters were arrested for refusing to leave City Hall.



Gray was a 25-year-old black man who died after he was injured in police custody.

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