The History of Sandtown
Baltimore, Maryland - April 30, 2015: A park space in the Sandtown neighborhood of Baltimore.
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