Hundreds in Minneapolis march in support of Baltimore

Black Lives Matter supporters marched
Black Lives Matter supporters marched down Washington Avenue in Minneapolis during a rally to show support for the people of Baltimore Wednesday evening, April 29, 2015.
Jennifer Simonson | MPR News

Updated: 7:06 a.m. | Posted: 5:45 a.m.

More than 800 people demonstrated in Minneapolis Wednesday night in solidarity with residents in Baltimore after the death of a black man critically injured while in police custody.

Black Lives Matter Minneapolis organized the rally, which ran from about 5:45 p.m. to 9 p.m. Protesters shut down sections of Washington Avenue and Hennepin Avenue as they walked from downtown into Northeast.

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Freddie Gray died April 19 after suffering spinal cord injuries while in police custody. His death has triggered riots and demonstrations in Baltimore.

Betty Ellison-Harpole, 78, said she fears for young black men and their interactions with some police officers. She said protests like these are important in creating dialogue.

"You've got to keep it in the public's face. You've got to keep it there," she said. "It needs to go further than that — there should be almost one every day because when you inconvenience other people, or people who make all the decisions, they will stop and think a second time."

Minneapolis police spokesperson John Elder said there were no arrests.

Other solidarity marches were held Wednesday in cities across the country, including Boston, New York and Houston.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.