Baltimore Protests Turn Violent; 15 Police Officers Injured

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BALTIMORE (CNN) — [Breaking news update at 11:20 p.m. ET]

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said it’s not clear whether an enormous fire at a senior center under construction was related to riots Monday night. She said the cause of the fire is under investigation.

[Breaking news update at 11:08 p.m. ET]

The family of Freddie Gray condemned the violence that spread across Baltimore after his funeral on Monday.

“I want y’all to get justice for my son, but don’t do it like this here,” his mother told journalists.

Gray’s twin sister, Fredericka, also denounced the riots.

“I don’t think that’s for Freddie,” she said. “I think the violence is wrong.”

[Previous story, published at 9:48 p.m. ET]

Chaos and violence erupted on the streets of Baltimore late Monday as protesters clashed with police, several of whom were injured.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard. The mayor of Baltimore said every possible resource was being deployed to “gain control of this situation.”

“What we see tonight that is going on in our city is very disturbing,” Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake told reporters. “Too many people have spent generations building up this city for it to be destroyed by thugs who — in a very senseless way — are trying to tear down what so many have fought for.”

She announced that the city will impose a mandatory curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily, effective for one week starting Tuesday. The mayor stressed that the city already has a mandatory curfew for young people — 9 p.m. ET for children under 14, while teenagers 14-16 have to be inside by 10 p.m. ET on school nights.

Rawlings-Blake also promised to hold those responsible for the violence accountable.

More than two dozen people have already been arrested, according to Col. Darryl D. DeSousa with the Baltimore Police Department.

He said that 15 officers were injured. Two remain hospitalized, and the others have been released. Most were hurt by flying debris in the violence that DeSousa described as “unprecedented.”

Video showed police in riot gear taking cover behind an armored vehicle, as protesters pelted them with rocks.

At one point, it looked like officers used tear gas. The Baltimore Police Department said it had heard reports of protesters setting small items on fire, and footage showed a cruiser in flames.

Video also showed people looting local stores, and an area CVS pharmacy was set on fire after it was ransacked. Thick dark smoke filled the streets.

There were no immediate reports of injuries among the rioters.

“It is so frustrating that people think that this makes sense — to destroy our community,” said Rawlings-Blake. “People who live there, that are already hurting, are going to be the ones that pay.”

‘Credible threat’ to officers

Earlier in the day, the Baltimore Police Department said it had received a “credible threat” that gangs were teaming up to “take out” officers.

It did not say where the information came from, nor did it say whether the threat was tied to the recent death of Freddie Gray. Gray died in police custody under circumstances that remain unclear.

His death has sparked ongoing protests in Baltimore and raised long-simmering tensions between police and residents.

“The Baltimore Police Department/Criminal Intelligence Unit has received credible information that members of various gangs including the Black Guerilla Family, Bloods, and Crips have entered into a partnership to ‘take out’ law enforcement officers,” police said. “This is a credible threat.”

Up to 5,000 law enforcement officials will be requested from the mid-Atlantic region to help quell the violence in Baltimore, Col. William Pallozzi of the Maryland State Police said at a press conference late Monday. Also, authorities say that about 1,500 members of the National Guard have been deployed.

Maryland State Police ordered an additional 40 troopers to Baltimore to join the 42 troopers already sent there Monday afternoon to assist city police. Since last Thursday, more than 280 state troopers have provided assistance in Baltimore.

“Today’s looting and acts of violence in Baltimore will not be tolerated,” said Gov. Hogan. “There is a significant difference between protesting and violence, and those committing these acts will be prosecuted under the fullest extent of the law.”

Separately, President Barack Obama met with Attorney General Loretta Lynch at the White House, just hours after she was sworn in.

In a statement, she condemned the “senseless acts of violence” in Baltimore, and said the Justice Department “stands ready to provide any assistance that might be helpful.”

“Those who commit violent actions, ostensibly in protest of the death of Freddie Gray, do a disservice to his family, to his loved ones, and to legitimate peaceful protesters who are working to improve their community for all its residents,” said Lynch, urging residents of Baltimore to be nonviolent.

‘They don’t deserve this’

Monday’s violence came the same day as Gray’s funeral. The 25-year-old was arrested on April 12 and died one week later from a fatal spinal cord injury.

“I am sure that the family is concerned, and I am positive that they are against what is beginning to develop here in town,” said Billy Murphy, an attorney for the Gray family.

“They don’t deserve this any more than Freddie Gray deserved it,” he said about the injured officers.

Because of the violence, the Baltimore Orioles have postponed their home game against the Chicago White Sox on Monday, the team announced via Twitter. At first, the team planned to go ahead with the game, but delayed it after further talks with the Police Department. A new date for the game will be announced later.

Baltimore City Public Schools will be closed Tuesday, according to schools spokeswoman Edie House-Foster.

Over the weekend, a few protesters vandalized police cars, threw objects at officers, cursed at them and scuffled with them.

About a dozen young men smashed squad cars with garbage cans, climbed on top of them and stomped on them, CNN video showed.

“This has got to the point, this is not about Gray right now. It’s reactionary,” a Baltimore resident and protester said on Monday. “You can only put so much into a pressure cooker before it pop.”

47 comments

    • lol

      They saved them for the pig farming red necks that drink moonshine in their trailers, listening to depressing country songs, while thinking about their wife who knows about the girlfriend in the side that shot the family dog and covered it with a confederate flag. Gotta love them classy white folk

  • Sharpton

    Poor looters and rioters, been oppressed for 200 years! It’s not their fault! Dey gettin’ justice!!!

  • Mad In Hazleton

    Baltimore Protests Turn Violent; 15 Police Officers Injured…………………………..
    The Mayor should have given orders to use live ammo and shoot the looters, and rock throwers below the waist….after a few went down with injuries the rioters would have gotten the message to stop.

    • Granger

      Agreed. They cannot attack and assault police, but the second a white cop defends him/herself it’s racism.

  • king ruddy

    Some thing recently stated’ Were going to change the World’,I’m wondering if this world is in it’s “Last Hours”?

  • Going To The Dogs

    These people simply can’t be tamed to live in any civilized society. We’ve been trying to integrate them into a law abiding society for 150 years. Can’t be done. They only know one law….the law of the jungle.

  • Barry Johnson

    Boy, do I feel especially lucky to be a country boy this morning! Yawn. Not too concerned with what’s going on down south at all. A duck is a duck.

  • Captain Whosano O'Lama see you in twilight zone

    Benghazi is way more important than this . Wake to the truth.

  • Captain Whosano O'Lama see you in twilight zone

    i know of 5 guys who died in police custody why no cry from the media ?

  • No News Here

    This is not right. All they are doing is perpetuating the image and perception that they are a bunch of looting, thieving, thugs with no regard or respect for the law. This is not the fault of the police. Do you know who is not having any issues with police? How about good, honest, hard working American citizens who obey the law and live their lives on the correct side. You want the police to leave you alone? Try obeying the law or deal with the consequences you deserve.

      • No News Here

        Please cite your sources and proof, other than your t-shirt adages. You’re painting with a very broad brush just because of mob mentality. You sound uneducated and uninformed.

  • Yep...

    This has been going on for days, and you’re just reporting it now? These mobs of people have also been attacking and robbing random w hite people also. There is some very disturbing video coming out of Baltimore.

  • NEPA ANTIFA

    “‘Credible threat’ to officers”
    Those officers are a credible threat to the general public.

    • No News Here

      You know what? You and others like you? You are the problem. Plain and simple. You are the problem. Your disdain for the authorities is because the law keeps you from doing whatever the hell you feel like. Whenever you feel like it. You are mad because the law enforcement community that you hate so much is keeping you from breaking the laws that you so desire to break. They protect good citizens from people like you and I say thank you. I spent nearly 18 years in the United States Army and saw lots of punks like you. You’re a dime a dozen and everyone of you self-proclaimed “cop haters” are closet cowards and socially inept psychopaths. There are many many more of us than there are if you, and in the end, justice prevails. You lose.

      • Sabrina

        It’s so easy to blame others instead of realizing the part that you play in destructive acts like rioting and looting. What is really socially inept is failing to realize your own prejudices and how they contribute to the level of fear and distrust some groups hold against law enforcement. The problem isn’t one type of person. Grow up and realize that the problem is a social one, which involves multiple people. Practice some humanity. You’re supposed to be setting an example, “to protect and serve”. Don’t forget that.

      • tiredofdysfunction

        Right on and exactly! You should run for president unfortunately tho half the country is too stupid to realize what’s good for them because they don’t like anything truly good. Some people disgust me.
        @Sabrina, you say; “Grow up and realize that the problem is a social one,” grow up and stop making excuses for people to be dysfunctional. That hasn’t been working very well these last 20 yrs..”Practice some humanity. You’re supposed to be setting an example, “to protect and serve”. Don’t forget that” and don’t YOU forget that we are all responsible to protect an serve; not cause or perpetuate mayhem. Whether someone is a cop or not..we all have a responsibility to be civil and uphold the law.

      • NEPA Antifa

        A male victim of sexual assault is not taken seriously by the police.
        The police will lie to you and tell you “it is only a civil matter”.

        That is part of why I am fed up with the police.

  • tiredofdysfunction

    “This has got to the point, this is not about Gray right now. It’s reactionary,” a Baltimore resident and protester said on Monday. “You can only put so much into a pressure cooker before it pop.” If it sounds and looks like an idiot, it’s probably and idiot. Baltimore has been on the 10 most worst cities list for how long now?
    “Unit has received credible information that members of various gangs including the Black Guerilla Family, Bloods, and Crips have entered into a partnership to ‘take out’ law enforcement officers,” execute those thugs! You don’t want to be treated like thugs, then stop acting like thugs. DUH! “there were more than 20 criminal court cases in Maryland against Gray, and five of those cases were still active at the time of his death.
    The cases involve mostly drug-related charges, but there are charges from March for second-degree assault and destruction of property.” (CNN)
    “”We won’t stop,” said one man. “We have the power and, of course, today shows we have the numbers.” (CNN) Sure that makes a whole lot of sense, wrecking your own community.
    Now on the flip side, was all this worth it for a switchblade? “In the wake of Gray’s death, six police officers have been suspended. Their names were released Tuesday, a standard procedure after an “in-custody death,” said Baltimore Police Department spokesman Capt. Eric Kowalczyk. It doesn’t mean the officers did anything wrong or that they were the only officers involved, he said.” (CNN)

  • Lloyd Schmucatelli

    We have the right to peacefully protest. We do not have the right to do this nonsense. Shut em down!!

      • Yep...

        I agree with you about the cops and violence, but that’s not really the case with what’s been happening in Baltimore since last week. These mobs of people have been attacking and robbing random innocent w hite people, based solely on their race. It really is uncalled for.

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