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"I am Tyrone West": Baltimore's history of police brutality

The family of Tyrone West is still fighting for answers and justice since he died after being arrested by Baltimore police at a traffic stop almost two years ago.
Baltimore's Tyrone West died after being arrested at a traffic stop in July 2013.

Over the weekend, a solemn and emotional anniversary was marked in Ferguson, Missouri and across the U.S.

It's been a year now since the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed black man who died after his encounter with police. His death sparked anger and protest, precisely because his case was far from unique.

In Baltimore, the name of Freddie Gray rings out. He was the 25-year-old black man who died in April after being arrested and thrown in the back of a Baltimore police van.

His death sparked protests, clear across the U.S. But some in Baltimore still remember yet another young man, named Tyrone West, who died, nearly two years earlier after an encounter with police at a traffic stop.

Today, we revisit his story — one that still demands answers — with our documentary from Baltimore, "Screaming in the Dark".

Lawyer A. Dwight Pettit stands against a wall of news articles about some of the police brutality cases he's taken on at his West Baltimore office. (Pacinthe Mattar/CBC)
Tyrone West died after police arrested him on July 18th, 2013. His aunt Diane Butler, left, and sister Tawanda Jones, right, have been calling for justice for over two years. (Pacinthe Mattar/CBC)

When we first aired this documentary in May, the Pulitzer Prize winning author Chris Hedges was in our studio to discuss his new book, "The Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt", with Anna Maria. And once they got talking, they circled back to the documentary.

This segment was produced by The Current's Pacinthe Mattar and edited by Joan Webber.