On NewsHour Weekend Saturday, we bring you “Sandtown by the Numbers,” a special series of reports on life in Sandtown-Winchester, the impoverished Baltimore neighborhood where Freddie Gray grew up and was arrested on April 12.
Gray sustained a spinal injury while in police custody, and eventually succumbed to his injuries a week later.
On Friday, Gray’s death was ruled a homicide and Maryland’s state attorney said charges would be brought against the six officers involved in his arrest.
Last week, much of Baltimore was consumed by peaceful protests as well as increasingly violent riots as criticism emerged over the police officers’ alleged conduct upon arresting the 25-year-old.
While Gray’s death initially sparked the demonstrations, protesters also expressed frustration over a lack of economic opportunity as well as entrenched inequality among community members living in many of Baltimore’s once-vibrant neighborhoods.
Here’s a look at what life is like in Sandtown according to statistics: