The 2015 death of Freddie Gray was one of the most infuriating moments in the long, ugly history of police brutality. While in transport to jail, Gray suffered a spinal cord injury and died in the hospital days later. The officers involved in the arrest and transport were charged, but ultimately not found liable for his death.
Outrage swept across Baltimore, a city with crippling poverty and high crime rates. Riots lasted for days, which led to the Maryland National Guard being deployed to the city and the police commissioner being fired. The coverage made national news, but much of it focused on the riots themselves, instead of the reason behind them.
Sonja Sohn, one of the stars of the essential Baltimore series The Wire, gives the people behind the protests and podiums a chance to present their voices clearly in the new documentary Baltimore Rising. She combines footage from right in the middle of the violent days after Gray's death and the officers' acquittal with interviews from locals from all walks of life. These include the new police commissioner, activists young and old, as well as cops and criminals.
Check out the powerful trailer below. The film debuts on HBO on November 20.