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Prince – Baltimore

Prince released his Baltimore video yesterday…

Prince’s “Baltimore” — honoring 25-year-old Freddie Gray, whose death incited protests in the city — now has a powerful video that drives home the song’s message about police brutality and the subsequent fight for justice.

The video lays the ballad’s thought-provoking lyrics over images of peaceful marchers and footage from the Rally 4 Peace concert in Baltimore on May 10, just one day before Prince debuted the song on SoundCloud. The song features Eryn Allen Kane.

Gray was arrested without probable cause on April 12 and died April 19 from spinal-cord injuries sustained while in custody. A grand jury on May 21 indicted the six police officers allegedly involved in Gray’s death, just weeks after Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s office filed criminal charges against them on May 1, including manslaughter and second degree depraved-heart murder.

Prince ends his protest video with this message:

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