Allen Bullock, an 18-year-old Baltimore man who was part of the Freddie Gray protests that began last weekend, was featured in one of the most prominent photos of those events. Bullock was shown damaging a police car in the photo and his family forced Bullock to turn himself into authorities who are now holding him on a $500,000 bond.
The Guardian delved into Bullock’s case deeper, offering an up-close look what transpired since the young man was seen breaking a police car window with a traffic cone. The photo helped to sensationalize news of the riots on Monday, which prompted a swell of commentary and criticism from the media and onlookers alike. With Bullock’s likeness easily recognizable in the photo, his stepfather feared that the police would come to their home seeking retribution.
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Allen Bullock was charged with eight criminal counts, including rioting and malicious destruction of property, after arriving at Baltimore’s juvenile justice centre with his stepfather, Maurice Hawkins, who said he saw television footage of Bullock’s actions on Saturday.
Hawkins, 44, said Bullock had agreed to surrender to the police after being told by his stepfather the police would “find him, knock down our door and beat him” if he did not.
“By turning himself in he also let me know he was growing as a man and he recognised what he did was wrong,” Hawkins said on Wednesday at his home in a low-income block in south Baltimore. “But they are making an example of him and it is not right.”
Bullock’s South Baltimore family said it cannot afford the bail amount, which they claim is on par for similar bonds set in murder cases in the city. However, the amount is set by sentencing guidelines upheld by the state.
Below is a video report from The Guardian regarding the case of Allen Bullock.
Photo: AFP/Jim Watson