Violent clashes between Baltimore police and protesters turn city into an ‘absolute war zone’

Rushed: A protestor is confronted by officers after huge riots broke out on the streets of Baltimore between hundreds of demonstrators and police on Monday

Governor sends in National Guard as seven officers are injured, shops are looted and police cars are set ablaze when gangs unite to take on Baltimore police after Freddie Gray open casket funeral

Violent clashes have broken out across the streets of Baltimore following the funeral of Freddie Gray – turning the city into ‘an absolute war zone’. Hundreds of protestors threw rocks and stones at dozens of police in riot gear just hours after Gray was laid to rest at a service attend by 2,500 and luminaries of the civil rights movement. According to the Baltimore police seven officers have been injured in the exchanges – one is unresponsive – and armored trucks arrived on the scene in the westside of the city at the Mondawmin Mall. In a press conference, Captain Eric Kowalczyk confirmed the city is in the middle of a serious situation and said that the police would be using tear gas to break up the riots and rubber bullets. ‘We have officers deployed throughout the city and will continue to keep the city safe,’ said Kowalczyk, who described the city as a war zone. The worrying development comes as family and mourners gathered for the funeral of Gray, who died in police custody earlier this month after suffering mysterious spinal injuries. During the service, the Gray family attorney launched a scathing attack on the Baltimore Police Department. Bill Murphy said that the six six Baltimore police officers suspended after a man suffered serious spinal injuries while in custody should come clean to the public what happened.

State of Emergency

  • State of emergency declared in Baltimore just hours after funeral for Freddie Gray who died in police custody
  • President has been briefed on the situation, more than 1,000 police and Maryland National Guard are on standby 
  • Three rival gangs have announced an unprecedented alliance to ‘take out’ Baltimore officers
  • Seven police officers injured, many with broken bones, and one was ‘unresponsive’ after a rock hit his head
  • Looters are raiding gun stores and check cashing stores. A CVS store is on fire, rioters slashed fire fighters’ hoses
  • Earlier Gray’s distraught mother, Gloria Darden draped herself over her sons body during the open casket viewing
  • Family attorney, Bill Murphy called for the officers who arrested Gray to come clean to the public
  • Gray, 25, died after being detained by police on April 12. He suffered a spinal injury in their care and died on April 19

A state of emergency has been declared in Baltimore as the city transforms into ‘an absolute war zone’ following the funeral of Freddie Gray.

More than 1,000 police officers and the Maryland National Guard are arriving in the city and the president has been briefed on the situation as violence continues to escalate. Seven police officers have been injured, many with broken bones, and at least one appeared ‘unresponsive’. Rioters are looting gun stores, ripping off the doors and passing weapons to people on the streets. Others have stormed check cashing stores. Buildings, including a CVS pharmacy, are on fire. Rioters have slashed fire fighters’ hoses as they try to battle the flames. Armored police vans are patrolling the streets as passers-by hurl rocks in their direction. Officers on the ground are spraying peppers spray and hurling tear has into the crowds. As night falls, groups appear to be moving toward Camden Yards stadium, prompting tonight’s White Sox v Orioles game to be suspended. College students have been told to stay in their doors and be alert to possible attacks.

Freddie Gray died of a severe spinal injury in police custody on April 12.

Fire fight: A Baltimore police cruiser burns after being set alight on Monday following the outbreak of riots in the troubled city

A man walks past a burning police vehicle during unrest in Baltimore. A helicopter circled overhead as groups of roving youths moved through the city. Television footage showed one group of demonstrators pile on top of and ride a car as it drove in the street

Shameless: A looter carries items from a store he has robbed as police vehicles burn outside Mondawmin Mall in the northwest side of Baltimore

Police van ablaze: Television images showed mobs of rioters jumping on top of a police car, destroying a taxi and setting two other patrol cars on fire after teenaged crowds ignored calls to disperse and clashed with lines of hundreds of police. Gangs had threatened to target police officers, local law enforcement said

More than 1,000 police officers and the Maryland National Guard have arrived in the city as violence escalates 

Fire fighters' attempts to extinguish a burning CVS were scuppered when rioters slashed their hose

Looting: A man carries away what he appears to have stolen from a CBS pharmacy as two police cars burn behind him as Baltimore was set on fire by rioters on Monday afternoon 

No laughing matter: Protesters who have looted a check-cashing business and other stores in Baltimore rush away with their haul using a trolley 

Escape: Cars have been lit on fire and a large group of youths threw rocks, bricks and other items at police as they stole from CVS and a debit and loan business. As people arrived home from work, some yelled at the youths to stop causing trouble

Lawlessness: The riots broke out just a few blocks from the site of the funeral of 25-year-old Freddie Gray in northwest Baltimore and then spread through other parts of the city in the most violent demonstrations since looting in Ferguson, Missouri, last year

Eleven police officers have been injured, many with broken bones, and at least one appeared ‘unresponsive’

A police officer is carried to safety after being hit in the head with a rock at the Mondawmin Mall

Just hours after he was laid to rest at a service attend by 2,500 and luminaries of the civil rights movement, hundreds of protestors started throwing rocks and stones at dozens of police in riot gear. Three of the city’s most violent and dangerous gangs – Black Guerrilla Family, Crips and Blood – have announced an unprecedented alliance to ‘take out’ law enforcement officers, in a move that has prompted fears for police safety across the country.

While police in riot gear remain stationed in groups, leaders from the Nation Of Islam and New Shiloh Baptist Church are walking through the streets urging looters to desist. Nation Of Islam leaders have also linked arms with members of Crips and Blood in an apparent show of solidarity despite the threat both gangs made against the police. Barricades erected by police are in flames across the city. Fires have been left burning by emergency services apparently to expire on their own, further enraging rioters. As emergency services battle a burning CVS pharmacy, riot police have been forced to circle the fire engine as a barrier against rock-throwing rioters. Police are spraying pepper spray and hurling tear gas at the crowds. The Los Angeles Police Department has ordered all officers to work in pairs after violent gangs issued ‘credible threats’ to ‘take out’ law enforcement in Baltimore. A ‘blue alert’ was issued across the California city on Monday amid fears people across the country will attempt ‘revenge attacks’ on police for the death of Freddie Gray. As violence ripped through the Maryland capital on Monday, three of the city’s most dangerous crime rings announced their plans to harm or kill officers. Rival gangs Bloods, Crips, and The Black Guerrilla Family have announced they have entered into an alliance to ‘take out’ officers.

Black Guerrilla Family breeds some of the city’s most violent convicts. The man who killed two NYPD cops in December last year, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, was believed to have ties to the deadly group. Crips, who wear blue, is one of the largest gangs in the US, and was formed in Los Angeles. Their rivalry with Bloods dates back to the 1960s. Bloods, who wear red, was formed as an alliance for people to seek refuge from Crips, but soon became a crime ring itself. According to the Baltimore police seven officers have been injured in the exchanges – one is unresponsive – and armored trucks arrived on the scene in the westside of the city at the Mondawmin Mall. In a press conference, Captain Eric Kowalczyk confirmed the city is in the middle of a serious situation and said that the police would be using tear gas to break up the riots and rubber bullets. ‘We have officers deployed throughout the city and will continue to keep the city safe,’ said Kowalczyk, who described the city as a war zone. ‘Our officers our working appropriately to arrest those who without provocation attack out police officers. ‘I have seven injured officers, one is unresponsive and some have broken bones. This is not okay. We will find the people responsible and put them in jail ‘This is a lawless group of individuals.’

FREDDIE GRAY’S DEATH: THE TRIGGER FOR BALTIMORE RIOTS 

       Freddie Gray being detained on April 12

Freddie Gray being detained on April 12

April 12: 8:39am: Four officers stop and arrest Freddie Gray who ran away from the police in northwest Baltimore after ‘making eye contact’

8:40am: Gray is arrested after voluntarily stopping. No police reported using their Taser.

8.42am: Officers held him down, handcuffed him and loaded him into a police van. While inside, he became irate and leg cuffs were put on him, police have said.

9am: Gray was not buckled in by a seat belt, a violation of the police department’s policy.

9.26am: He asked for medical help several times, and after a 30-minute ride that included three stops, paramedics were called.

At some point – either during his arrest or inside the van – he suffered a mysterious spinal injury. Authorities have not explained how or when it occurred.

April 19: Freddie Gray died from a double broken vertebrae after being arrested near Gilmor Homes in Sandtown-Winchester. It is reported his spine is 80 percent separated from his neck.

Deputy police commissioner Kevin Davis said Friday that Gray should have received medical attention at the spot of his arrest.

April 27: Freddie Gray’s family and 2,500 mourners attended his funeral at the New Shiloh Baptist Church

Go home: Police tell protesters to move back as protests over the death of Freddie Gray continue in Baltimore, Maryland on Monday 

Go home: Police tell protesters to move back as protests over the death of Freddie Gray continue in Baltimore, Maryland on Monday

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