Artist puts moving billboard on Baltimore streets to protest police
A New York artist is putting a moving billboard on the streets of Baltimore to protest excessive police violence.
Michael D'Antuono also unfurled a banner Tuesday outside the courthouse where police officer William Porter is on trial for manslaughter in the death of Freddie Gray.
D'antuono's message: “It stops with cops.” He says he's trying to persuade police officers not to let fellow officers get away with sometimes deadly violence against defenseless citizens.
Gray was a 25-year-old black man who died a week after suffering a spinal injury while he was being transported in handcuffs and shackles in the back of a police transport van.
Porter is also black. Prosecutors say his failure to summon medical help or buckle Gray in with a seatbelt amounted to criminal negligence. — Associated Press
Maryland's laws prohibit cameras and recording devices from court rooms
Audio or video recording or transmitting equipment are also not permitted and electronic devices including cell phones, laptops and tablets, must be turned off inside the courtroom and court overflow room. Cell phones can't be used in the lobby outside of the courtroom. Reporters are only allowed to send updates during breaks, or if they are in a media room.