Obama sends reps to attend Freddie Gray funeral in Baltimore

Obama sends reps to attend Freddie Gray funeral in Baltimore

[Ed. – Number of reps sent to funerals of Chris Kyle and James Foley: zero]

The White House is sending a delegation to the funeral of Freddie Gray, a black man who died of a spinal cord injury while in police custody in Baltimore.

Broderick Johnson, a White House Cabinet secretary and chair of the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force, will represent the Obama administration. Broderick, a native of Baltimore, will be joined by Heather Foster, an adviser in the White House Office of Public Engagement, and Elias Alcantara, with the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs.

Gray, 25, died one week after sustaining a spinal injury while he was detained by police in West Baltimore on April 12. His death set off a wave of protests around the city, which turned violent over the weekend.

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Gray’s funeral will take place Monday in Baltimore. Thousands are expected to attend, including relatives of Eric Garner, a black man who died in July, after police in New York City placed him in a chokehold.

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