When Kevin Moore learned that a fellow Baltimore resident was being arrested outside of his home on April 12, he quickly stepped outside to inspect the scene, he told CNN. Upon seeing his 25-year-old friend, Freddie Gray, being taken into police custody, he decided to film the incident.
Gray died on April 19, under mysterious circumstances, eliciting public outrage and heightened racially centered tensions with the police force and Black communities across the country. The video Moore took of the arrest went viral and helped put the Gray case in the national spotlight.
After his arrest, it took approximately 44 minutes for the officers and Gray to drive to the police booking station. When they arrived, he was no longer breathing and had sustained a "catastrophic spinal injury," the LA Times reported. It's believed that Gray may have been subject to an inferred practice popularly referred to as a "rough ride."
This is not the first reported incident of this practice in Baltimore, and as the investigation of the case continues, tensions over Gray's death and other deaths in police-related incidents continue to rise.
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One thing is for sure: Moore's video served as an important piece to this puzzle. Now the man behind the viral video claims he's ready to speak out, despite his initial fear.
Moore was apprehensive about the potential repercussions of releasing Gray's arrest video. Publicly coming forward after exposing such an arrest may not have been an easy task for the father of three, who expressed a history of a strained relationship with his community and the police.
“I finally made a difference in the world," he said.
While Moore acknowledged that all cops are not "dirty cops," he's proud his video reached the masses. He's proud he was able to expose a police practice he believes is common and unjust in his community.
Moore passionately shared his love for his city, his community and desire to seek justice.
"We're gon' keep on marching, for the rights of human beings," he told the Baltimore Sun.