USA: Mourners say last goodbyes at Freddie Gray funeral

Thousands paid their respects to Freddie Gray at the youngster’s funeral in Baltimore on Monday. The death of the African-American 25-year-old whilst in police custody has sparked protests both in Baltimore and across the United States. As well as friends and family, White House officials and equal rights campaigners are set to attend the service. Cabinet Secretary Broderick Johnson, the chair of the Obama administration's My Brother's Keeper Task Force, is set to head a delegation from Washington. He will joined by members of a campaign group called Families United for Justice. The group includes relatives of Eric Garner, another African-American man who died in July 2014, after being placed in a chokehold by a New York City police officer. Twenty-seven-year-old Gray died from injuries he sustained whilst in police custody. According to Gray's family he suffered a severe spinal injury, his voice box was crushed and his neck was snapped before he slipped into a coma and died. After his death protesters gathered in Baltimore, demanding the punishment of the officers involved in the arrest of Gray. Currently, police officers Lt. Brian Rice, Sgt. Alicia White, Officer Caesar Goodson, Officer William Porter, Officer Garrett Miller and Officer Edward Nero have been identified as allegedly being involved in Gray's arrest. Whilst an initial autopsy has been completed, the medical examiner’s office is waiting on toxicology results which could take up to 45 days.

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