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FOIA News: FBI releases surveillance video of Baltimore protests

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FBI releases 'complete collection' of surveillance videos from Baltimore protests, unrest

By Kevin Rector, Baltimore Sun, Aug. 4, 2016

The FBI has released its "complete collection" of surveillance footage from several nights of protests and unrest after the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore last year.

The video, released after Freedom of Information Act requests were filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and The Baltimore Sun, shows large crowds marching en masse through Baltimore's streets at certain points and breaking with a curfew in place at the time at others. At one point, it shows a large number of police squad cars milling around a small crowd of people. At another point, the streets below appear empty.

The quality of the video — hours and hours of it — varies. And as noted by the ACLU's Nathan Freed Wessler and Naomi Dwork on Thursday, "the magnification isn't enough to identify individual faces."

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