The man police say is responsible for setting a CVS pharmacy ablaze in Baltimore during protests sparked by the death of an unarmed Black man in police custody has been sentenced to four years in prison.
According to NBC News, Raymon Carter pled guilty to a federal charge of rioting that resulted in the April 27 blaze. Footage of the fire was used for weeks in the coverage of Freddie Gray’s death. Gray died in April from a spinal cord injury while in the custody of six officers. All six were arrested and charged in the unlawful arrest and death of the 25-year-old.
The first trial for the officers is set to begin at the end of this month.
Carter, who admitted to police he intentionally set the fire during the looting of the store, will also have to pay $500,000 in restitution, NBC News writes.
“Ordinary citizens concerned about their neighborhood helped to catch Raymon Carter after he participated in the riot,” U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said in a statement.
The investigation into the CVS fire and other fires set during the unrest are still continuing, the Department of Justice said. The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to convictions.
Carter was arrested two months after the incident. The fire reportedly caused $1 million in damages.
SOURCE: NBC News | PHOTO CREDIT: Baltimore Police/ATF
Photographic Proof Not Much Has Changed In Ferguson Since Michael Brown's Death
1. 2014: Michael Brown's lifeless body was left in the streets of Ferguson for more than four hours after he was killed by Officer Darren Wilson on August 9.Source:Getty 1 of 14
2. 2015: Tyrone Harris, 18, was shot in Ferguson Sunday night by police for allegedly attacking them with a firearm. He remains in critical condition and is facing four charges of first-degree assault on law enforcement, five counts of armed criminal action, and one count of discharging a firearm at a motor vehicle.Source:Getty 2 of 14
3. 2014: Unrest in Ferguson plagued the city after police officers clashed with protesters.Source:Getty 3 of 14
4. 2015: Police stand to maintain the crowd after shots rang out on the anniversary of Mike Brown's death.Source:Getty 4 of 14
5. 2014: An unarmed protester was approached by police during protests in Ferguson. The image became one of the most memorable of the city's uprising.Source:Getty 5 of 14
6. 2015: A woman stands before police with her hands up in the air.Source:Getty 6 of 14
7. 2014: After the shooting of Mike Brown and the death of Eric Garner, unrest continued to rise in Ferguson. After it was determined that Darren Wilson would not be indicted in the fatal shooting of the teen, protesters took to the streets.Source:Getty 7 of 14
8. 2015: Since the death of Brown, over 100 men, women, and children of color have been killed by police. Worldwide protests have continued advocating for better training for police officers.Source:Getty 8 of 14
9. 2014: A woman hit with pepper spray is doused with milk. Ferguson police issued curfews for protesters after incidents of arson and looting occurred during peaceful protests in the city.Source:Getty 9 of 14
10. 2015: A year later, protesters say they too were hit with tear gas while protesting in the streets.Source:Getty 10 of 14
11. 2014: The National Guard was called into Ferguson to "control" protests.Source:Getty 11 of 14
12. 2015: A teen is caught in the crossfire during a shooting that took place in Ferguson on the anniversary of Mike Brown's death.Source:Getty 12 of 14
13. 2014: Army tanks filled the streets of Ferguson after protests turned violent in the city.Source:Getty 13 of 14
14. 2015: St. Louis police with army gear arrive in Ferguson Sunday night.Source:Getty 14 of 14
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