Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Maryland Governor Declares State Of Emergency In Baltimore Amid Street Violence

By Michael Muskal and W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times (TNS)

BALTIMORE — Baltimore braced for a night of violence and police clashes after looting, fires, and rock throwing erupted Monday afternoon, hours after the funeral for Freddie Gray, whose spine was severed in police custody.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency as night fell and activated the National Guard to address the growing violence and unrest in the city that has been racked by increasingly tense protests since the weekend.

The baseball game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago White Sox was postponed as a precaution.…

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Baltimore Police Injured During Protests After Freddie Gray Laid To Rest

By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times (TNS)

Police and angry teenagers faced off in Baltimore on Monday, hours after thousands of mourners called for justice and peace during the funeral of Freddie Gray, the latest flash point in the continuing unease between parts of the African-American community and police.

Television images showed protesters throwing rocks and other debris at police. In a message on Twitter, Baltimore police said several officers were injured. At least one injured officer was shown being taken from the scene.

Several vehicles were attacked.

The unrest slowly built up steam in the early afternoon, beginning with a few individuals confronting a phalanx of officers then growing to hundreds of people swarming through the area, which serves as a transportation hub for nearby schools and for the Mondawmin Mall.…

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Clashes After Funeral Of Baltimore Man Who Died In Custody

Baltimore (AFP) — Violent street clashes erupted in Baltimore on Monday after friends and family gathered for the funeral of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man whose death in custody triggered a fresh wave of protests over police tactics.

Police said at least seven officers were injured — one of them was unresponsive — as youths hurled bricks and bottles and destroyed at least one police vehicle in the vicinity of a shopping mall not far from the church where the funeral took place.

Local and state police in riot gear were struggling to restore order, with rioters refusing to heed dispersal orders.…

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