New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony joined a march in Baltimore on Thursday, urging peace among protesters who have at times violently expressed their concerns over the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who died in police custody earlier this month. Baltimore police turned over their findings from an investigation into how Gray’s spinal cord was severed in the back of a police van to state attorneys earlier in the day on Thursday.
CNN’s Ryan Young caught up with Anthony, whose family moved to Baltimore when he was 8, and asked him why he decided to march.
“This is my community… it’s everybody’s community. It’s America’s community,” Anthony said. “So for me to come back here and be a part of the community where I grew up and really get a chance to talk to the people and get a feel for what’s going on, I had to come.”
He continued, urging protestors to “calm down” and “be patient,” adding:
“I know that’s easier said than done right now… I understand where everybody is coming from. Our community is fed up right now, but there’s different ways that you can go about (getting justice) and I’m here to lead it to the right path. This is a peaceful march… We’re together. This is one Baltimore, man, and now is about time to rebuild this city back up. There’s no need for us to tear it down.”
Anthony’s remarks on Thursday echoed those he posted to social media earlier this week.
“To see my city in a State of Emergency is just shocking. We need to protect our city, not destroy it,” he said Monday as part of a lengthy caption to this picture he posted on Instagram.
The full caption reads:
“We all want Justice. And our city will get the answers we are looking for. My deepest sympathy goes out to the GRAY Family. To see my city in a State of Emergency is just shocking. We need to protect our city, not destroy it. What happens when we get the answers that we want, and the media attention is not there anymore? We go back to being the same ol Baltimore City again. If not yourself, then Think about the youth. How this will impact them. Let’s build our city up not tear it down. Although, we want justice, let’s look at the real issues at hand. For example, When was the last school built in Baltimore? That’s just one example. I know my community is fed up. I’m all about fighting for what we believe in. The anger, the resentment, the neglect that our community feels right now, will not change over night. Continue, fighting for what you believe in. But remember, it takes no time to destroy something. But, it can take forever to build it back up. Peace7. #Thisonehitshome #BeMore #LetsNotFallForTheTrap “Please Understand What State Of Emergency Mean”(Destroy and Conquer)#StayMe7o”