BALTIMORE - Family and community activists counted to 30, a number for every day since Anthony Anderson died in East Baltimore. Anderson’s mom says he was on his way to celebrate his granddaughter Ja-Kayla’s birthday.
"They killed him on her second birthday. She'll never forget it," said Edith Fletcher.
On Sunday night, Fletcher was surrounded by his five children and three grandchildren to mark one month since he died following a confrontation with police. The department first reported he died from swallowing drugs.
But Fletcher says she witnessed her son coming out of the corner bar at Montford Ave. and Biddle St. before he was approached.
"I watched the police pick my son up over his head and throw him down on the ground. What else do you want? Then they start kicking," said Fletcher.
Eleven days following his death, a report by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner shows the 46-year-old had blunt force injuries to the torso, fractured ribs, a ruptured spleen, and internal bleeding.
"We need to send a sign to the powers that be that this case will not become a cold case. Justice will be served and it will be served because the community will remain on fire for justice," said Rev. C.D. Witherspoon, Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
So they lit candles to keep that fire going and made a plea for change.
"Everybody who shakes hands don't sell drugs. Everybody who's chattin don't sell drugs," said Reginal Crocker, Anderson’s best friend.
The count to 30 will only get higher next month if the police officers are not arrested and charged.
"I want them to go to jail. I figured they need to go to jail. They killed my son. I saw them kill my son," said Fletcher.
Rev. Witherspoon says he has filed paperwork to have the U.S. Justice Department look at the case. We have not heard from the Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office to see if charges will be field.
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