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Baltimore protester Allen Bullock released from jail

2015-05-15 10:01:59

Allen BullockSource: (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Allen Bullock, the 18-year-old who became a symbol of the Baltimore protests after smashing the windshield of a police cruiser with a traffic cone, has finally been released from jail.

After encouraging him to turn himself in, Bullock’s family was unable to pay the $500,000 bail, which was nearly twice as high than that of the six Baltimore officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray.

But an anonymous donor quietly paid the bail for Bullock, a maintenance laborer employed through Baltimore City’s YouthWorks program, according to The Guardian.

Gray, 25, died on April 19 of injuries he received while in police custody a week earlier, igniting days of angry protests. Bullock says it was the manner of Gray’s death that caused him to destroy the police car.

Joined by his family and attorney J. Wyndal Gordon, Bullock told reporters recently that he knew Gray, and that “it hurt” to see videos of the 25-year-old’s arrest by Baltimore police officers shortly before he suffered fatal injuries in police custody, the report says.

From The Guardian:

He [Bullock] was held for 10 days in a Baltimore jail until someone anonymously posted his bail through a bondsman. Neither Bullock and his family nor Gordon seem to know who provided the minimum $50,000 required to make this bail, although they do acknowledge contributions made through crowdfunding efforts.

Bobbie Smallwood, Bullock’s mother, expressed frustration with the high bail placed on her son, considering that the bail amounts for the six officers charged with involvement in Freddie Gray’s death ranged from $250,000 to $350,000.

“I thought [the bail amount] was a joke,” Smallwood said of her reaction upon hearing the amount for which her son was held. “Busting out two windows is more important than a life?”

What good news for Bullock and his family. We wish them luck in the future.


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