The first of six officers implicated in the death of Baltimore resident Freddie Gray went on trial on Monday, the start of court proceedings that are likely to take months and may shape the city’s relationship with its citizens for years to come.

Gray died in April, one week after he suffered a cracked spine in the back of a police van. His death sparked protests that occasionally turned violent in the days that followed, and those demonstrations put Baltimore at the center of ongoing nationwide protests against police brutality

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