People celebrate in the streets of the Sandtown neighborhood in Baltimore after State Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced that six police officers are being charged in the death of Freddie Gray, in Baltimore on May 1, 2015.
Jim Lo Scalzo—EPA
May 1, 2015 3:54 PM EDT

Hundreds of people spilled into the streets of a riot-torn neighborhood in Baltimore on Friday after the city’s chief prosecutor announced criminal charges against six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray.

At a burned-out CVS drugstore, the crowd hugged, high-fived and fist-bumped. Some preached on megaphones, and members of the Bloods and Crips gangs tied their bandannas together and held them in the air to show solidarity.

“I feel relief and joy that the justice system has prevailed,” said Curtis Hardy, 33, who has lived in Baltimore all his life. He said that the prosecutor, Marilyn Mosby, “has done…

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