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Freddie Gray's family asked that there be no protests; they condemned violence

Community leaders and brave residents got in between rioters and police

CNN  — 

Please, not even a demonstration. Freddie Gray’s family had asked for quiet on Baltimore’s streets the day they laid him to rest. And above all, no violence.

Many people turned a deaf ear to that Monday, but a handful of people embraced the family’s message. They tried to stop young people from flinging rocks at police, breaking windows, looting and setting fires.

The peacemakers – clergy, Gray’s family and brave residents – placed themselves in the rioters’ way.

“I want them all to go back home,” said the Rev. Jamal Bryant.

“It’s disrespect to the family. The family was very clear – we’ve been saying it all along – today there was absolutely no protest, no demonstration,” he said.

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