In police cases, black activists push reforms outside court

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Freddie Gray

BALTIMORE (AP) _ Black activists in Baltimore and beyond say they’re disappointed but not discouraged after neither of the first two police officers to stand trial in the death of a man injured in the back of a police van was convicted.

A number of black leaders say they had low expectations of seeing anyone found guilty in the death of Freddie Gray. And they say bringing about real change in the criminal justice system will require action both inside and outside the courtroom, including pushing for new laws and reforms in police procedures.

Gray is a black man who died just over a year ago after suffering a broken neck in the back of a police van while he was handcuffed and shackled but not buckled in.

Two of the six officers charged in the case have gone on trial.

One case ended with a hung jury, the other with an acquittal.