The History of Sandtown
Baltimore, Maryland - April 30, 2015: People make pictures in front of the infamous burned out CVS at the intersection of W. North and Pennsylvania Avenues. Normally this location is a commercial hub in the Sandtown neighborhood of Baltimore, but early last week It became the epicenter for rioting the day Freddie Gray was put to rest Monday. The CVS was looted and burned, a check cashing business was broken in to, three police vehicles were destroyed, two were set on fire. Community relations with police have been hostile for decades. When Former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley was mayor he enacted a zero tolerance policy to reduce crime. The tactic worked, but increased prison population, and gave many residents of Sandtown records with long rap sheets of both minor and major infractions, driving up debt while making them unemployable.
The poor, predominately black area of Baltimore known as Sandtown is where the most violent riots occurred the week Freddie Gray was laid to rest. Tensions between the are's residents and police have been bubbling long before Freddie Gray died while in police custody.
CREDIT: Matt Roth for The Globe and Mail