Target: People of Baltimore, Maryland
Demand: Stop violent protests over police murder of Freddie Gray.
Thousands turned out recently to protest the death of Freddie Gray, a man who sustained a back injury while being arrested and later died. Although the protest began peacefully, things soon took a turn for the worse. By the end of the day, buildings were being destroyed, windows of cars were being smashed, and police had to turn out in the hundreds.
At a nearby Baltimore Orioles game against the Boston Red Sox, spectators had to remain in the stadium after the game as it was too dangerous for them to leave. At one point, residents put themselves between protesters and police to prevent the clash. By the end of the protest-turned-riot, thirty-five people had been arrested.
Freddie Gray’s twin sister allegedly pleaded with protesters to “please, please stop the violence.” It was the first public comment she has made since her brother’s death.
Dear people of Baltimore,
The recent death of Freddie Gray was tragic. However, violence is not the answer and not a positive response. Destroying your city and putting people’s lives at risk will not bring justice to Freddie.
We the undersigned urge you to cease all violent protests and pursue more peaceful methods of seeking justice.
[Your name here]
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