Baltimore Riots After Freddie Gray’s Funeral

Baltimore (AP) -10:50 p.m. Update

Deputy Chief Fire Marshall Shawn Belton says some 80 firefighters were called to fight the huge fire that engulfed the unoccupied building under construction in east Baltimore.

He says embers from that fire caused damage to two other nearby buildings. Police reported some car fires in the city, and news footage showed at least one car gutted by flames. TV footage also showed a liquor store with flames inside and local reports showed police in riot gear lined up on a street confronting scattered groups.

A fire official, Deputy Chief Shift Commander Karl Zimmerman, says firefighters are taking precautions to stay safe during the night.

"What we’re doing is, when we can have a police escort, get into an area that’s unsecured and go with the police," he added.

The fires and riots started hours after the funeral for Freddie Gray, who died of a mysterious injury after being arrested.

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10:21 p.m.

Maryland’s Attorney General Brian E. Frosh has called for an end to the violence. In a statement, he says, "The death of Freddie Gray was a tragedy. Perhaps it can lead us on a path toward progress. Violence, fires and looting will not get us there."

He added: "The line from peaceful protest to looting and violence has, sadly, been crossed. The events in Baltimore are putting first responders and many in our community at risk. Destroying property and injuring citizens and law enforcement officers drives us apart … The violence must stop." The riots started after the funeral for Freddie Gray, who died of a mysterious injury after being arrested.

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10:06 p.m.

Firefighters are spraying water on neighboring commercial and residential buildings around what’s left of the Mary Harvin Transformation Center, which continued to smolder after being engulfed by flames earlier.

They sought to assure that no flames spread, given the number of abandoned rowhouses nearby. Kevin Johnson, a 53-year-old resident of the area, says the building was to have been earmarked for the elderly.

"They built it from the ground up. For elderly people, for old people," Johnson said. "Now it’s burned down, man. That don’t make no sense. It’s burned down."

The riots started after the funeral for Freddie Gray, who died of a mysterious injury after being arrested.

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9:55 p.m.

Gov. Larry Hogan says he declared the state of emergency for Baltimore less than 30 seconds after the city’s mayor requested it.

At his evening news conference earlier, Hogan said of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake that he was "glad that she finally did" call the governor’s office to request the state of emergency.

"We were all in the command center in the second floor of the State House in constant communication, and we were trying to get in touch with the mayor for quite some time. She finally made that call, and we immediately took action," Hogan said.

Asked if the mayor should have called for help sooner, Hogan replied that he didn’t want to question what Baltimore officials were doing.

"I know that the city has done everything in their power to get this under control. I don’t want to question what they’ve been doing. They’re all under tremendous stress. We’re all on one team."

The riots started after the funeral for Freddie Gray, who died of a mysterious injury after being arrested.

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9:30 p.m.

A massive fire has broken out in a building that was under construction and the Baltimore mayor’s spokesman says it’s related to the riots.

Spokesman Kevin Harris confirmed that the fire is related to the riots and that it’s burning the Mary Harvin Transformation Center, described online as a community-based organization that supports youth and families.

A CVS pharmacy was also set on fire earlier in the day. Businesses have been looted and at least 15 officers were injured in the chaos.

The riots started after the funeral for Freddie Gray, who died of a mysterious injury after being arrested.

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9:20 p.m.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch is condemning the rioting in Baltimore that followed the funeral of Freddie Gray, who died from a spinal injury he suffered while in police custody.

In a statement Monday, her first day on the job, Lynch said those who have destroyed property have done a disservice to Gray’s family.

She said she would send Justice Department officials to the city in coming days, including Vanita Gupta, the agency’s top civil rights lawyer.

Rioters set police cars ablaze, leading the Maryland governor to declare a state of emergency and call in the National Guard.

The FBI and Justice Department are investigating Gray’s death for potential criminal civil rights violations. The six officers who were involved in Gray’s arrest have been suspended.

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8:55 p.m.

Maryland’s governor says activating the National Guard to help police with riots in Baltimore was a last resort.

Gov. Larry Hogan said Monday night that he did not make the decision lightly. He earlier declared a state of emergency, activating the Guard. Hogan took office in January.

The call for the Guard comes after people set cars on fire, looted businesses and threw bricks at police officers, hours after the funeral for Freddie Gray.

Gray died after suffering injuries in police custody.

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8:30 p.m.

About 200 mostly men are marching arm-in-arm through a neighborhood that is littered with broken glass, flattened aluminum cans and other debris after riots in Baltimore.

Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings is among them. As the group approached Fulton Avenue, getting close to a line of police officers, the marchers went down on their knees.

After the ministers got back on their feet, they walked until they were face-to-face with the police officers in a tight formation and wearing riot gear.

Neighborhood residents were standing on their stoops, taking pictures. Some clapped their hands.

The marches were protesting the police-custody death of Freddie Gray.

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8:15 p.m.

Police say 15 officers have been injured in the Baltimore riots and two are still in the hospital.

More than two dozen people have been arrested after people looted stores, set cars on fire and threw bricks at police.

The riot started just hours after the funeral for Freddie Gray, who died following injuries he suffered while in police custody.

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8 p.m.

The mayor of Baltimore says she will impose a weeklong curfew after people looted stores, set fire to cars and threw bricks and other objects at police officers.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says a curfew will be imposed beginning Tuesday from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

The mayor, a lifelong Baltimore resident, says too many people have spent generations building up the city for it to be destroyed by "thugs."

The riot began hours after the funeral for Freddie Gray, who died after suffering an injury in police custody.

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7:55 p.m.

Police are firing beanbags and rubber bullets at looters at a mall where the Baltimore riots began.

As three dozen police entered the mall, looters began running and driving away. The mall was one of several businesses to be looted as rioters set cars and a business on fire.

The riot happened after the funeral for Freddie Gray, who died after being injured in police custody.

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7:40 p.m.

People are looting stores at a mall where the riots in Baltimore started.

As police moved away from the mall into a nearby neighborhood, the mall became unprotected and people started carrying clothes and other items away.

Cars have been burned, other stores have been looted and a pharmacy caught fire during the mayhem. The riot started hours after Freddie Gray was buried.

Gray died after suffering an injury in police custody.

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7:05 p.m.

The governor of Maryland has declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard to help with the violence and rioting in Baltimore.

Gov. Larry Hogan signed the order Monday night at the request of the city. Cars and at least one store have been set on fire during a riot. Businesses are being looted in part of the city.

The riot started just hours after the funeral for Freddie Gray, who died after being injured while in police custody.

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7 p.m.

Maryland’s two senators are faulting a few in Baltimore for the violent protests, looting and clashes with police.

"This is terrible," Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski told reporters in the U.S. Capitol Monday night. The five-term senator and Baltimore resident said about 300 students primarily from one high school acted out and showed "disrespect toward Freddie Gray." Mikulski said some 85,000 school children went home and were not involved.

Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin said their "immediate concern is to restore the peace in Baltimore."

The two lawmakers said they are awaiting the independent, civil rights investigation by the Justice Department into Gray’s death.

Gray died of an unexplained spinal injury while in police custody.

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6:45 p.m.

A pharmacy that has been looted in the Baltimore riots is on fire and police are trying to keep people back as firefighters battle the blaze.

Smoke is pouring out of the CVS pharmacy, which is about 1.5 miles from downtown Baltimore. Some people cut holes in a hose that firefighters were using.

Nearby, liquor stores were busted open and being looted. People were in the streets drinking while police stood still nearby.

The riot started just hours after Freddie Gray’s funeral. Gray died after suffering injuries in police custody.

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6:35

President Barack Obama is pledging the federal government’s help to respond to riots that have broken out in Baltimore following the funeral of Freddie Gray.

The White House says the Baltimore mayor updated Obama on the situation and that Obama told her his administration would provide assistance as needed.

The White House says Obama also discussed the rioting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who was sworn in hours earlier.

Obama and Lynch met in the Oval Office while violent scenes of rioting in Baltimore played out on television. Gray died April 19 after suffering a mysterious spinal injury while in police custody. The Justice Department and local authorities are investigating.

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6:05 p.m.

An attorney for the family of Freddie Gray says they are in shock watching the violence in Baltimore.

Hours after Gray’s funeral, a large group of youths had a standoff with police, throwing bricks, bottles and other items at officers. Several stores have been looted and cars have been set on fire.

Gray family attorney Billy Murphy said the family is urging for calm.

"They don’t want this movement nationally to be marred by violence," he said. "It makes no sense."

Murphy said Gray’s family is lying low Monday night. Gray died after suffering critical injuries in police custody.

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5:55 p.m.

Protesters are looting a check-cashing business and other stores in Baltimore, busting through the windows and climbing inside to take items.

Cars have been lit on fire and a large group of youths threw rocks, bricks and other items at police. As people arrived home from work, some yelled at the youths to stop causing trouble.

Ted Bushrod, 32, who’s lived in the area all his life, said his father died in an officer-involved shooting involving the Baltimore Police Department. He criticized the violence.

"It’s disappointing. I understand the kids’ frustration. We go through this every day," he added, referring to black people being targeted for their race in Baltimore.

Freddie Gray, who is black, died after he suffered injuries while in police custody.

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5 p.m.

A drug store is being looted in Baltimore as police and a large group of people violently clash.

Television images show a CVS being overrun and people running out with items. Police have not responded yet.

The rioters have been throwing rocks, bricks and other items at police, injuring at least seven of them. A police car was set on fire.

The clash began just hours after the funeral of Freddie Gray, who died while in police custody.

4:45 p.m.

Police say at least seven officers have been injured in a violent clash with a large group of youths.

Capt. Eric Kowalczyk (koh-wall-check) said one officer is unresponsive and others have broken bones after people threw bricks, rocks and other items at police.

The riot occurred just hours after a funeral for Freddie Gray, who died of a mysterious spinal injury while he was in police custody.

The clash started near the Mondawmin Mall and spread out over a wide area as a line of police officers pushed them back.

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4:15 p.m.

Hundreds of youths outside a mall in northwest Baltimore are clashing violently with police in riot gear, throwing rocks, bricks and bottles at the officers.

Baltimore police say on Twitter that several officers have been injured. Officers are using pepper-spray to keep the protesters back.

A flier circulated on social media called for a period of violence Monday afternoon to begin at the Mondawmin Mall and move downtown toward City Hall.

Earlier in the day, thousands gathered for Freddie Gray’s funeral. Gray died of an unexplained spinal injury while in police custody.

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4 p.m.

People are throwing rocks and bricks at police in riot gear near a Baltimore mall.

Dozens of people were throwing objects at police, just hours after the funeral for Freddie Gray.

Gray died of a mysterious spinal injury while in police custody. Baltimore police say on Twitter that a few officers have been hurt in the chaos.

Officers are advancing on the crowd, and at times retreating when the objects are thrown.

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3:30 p.m.

Numerous police officers in riot gear have responded to a mall in northwest Baltimore and the mall is closed.

Images broadcast by WJZ-TV show a line of officers with helmets and face shields blocking off the mall’s parking lot. Some people were throwing objects at officers and a police armored vehicle.

It’s not immediately clear if the response was related to a Freddie Gray protest. One man held his arms up as the police moved toward him, an action that has been repeated throughout the Gray rallies.

Gray died of an unexplained spinal injury he suffered in police custody.

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1:45 p.m.

The funeral for Freddie Gray has ended after a service of nearly two hours.

The dignitaries attending included long-time activist Dick Gregory, former Maryland representative and NAACP leader Kweisi Mfume and current Maryland Rep. John Sarbanes.

The casket was rolled out of the church with the family following behind. Within minutes, the entire church was empty, leaving the musicians to play a rousing processional.

As people left, there was an image of Gray projected on the screens flanking the altar. It showed him wearing a striped polo shirt, baseball cap, pants and sneakers. The front of the program read, "Loving Memory, Freddie Carlos Gray Jr."

Gray died of a mysterious spinal injury he suffered while in police custody.

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The NAACP says it’s opening a satellite office in Freddie Gray’s Baltimore neighborhood, known as Sandtown.

In a statement on the organization’s Facebook page, the NAACP said its police reform action in Baltimore dates back to the 1980s, and has involved targeting racial profiling cases. The NAACP said it also filed legal action involving traffic stops targeting black people and another one involving a high rate of incarceration of black people in the city.

Gray, who is black, died of an unexplained injury he suffered in police custody.

The satellite office in Gray’s neighborhood will include legal support from the national office, the NAACP said.

It’s unclear when the office will open.

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12:10 p.m.

Baltimore police say the department believes three notoriously violent gangs are now working together to "take out" law enforcement officers.

In a statement Monday, the department called it a "credible threat" and said members of the Black Guerilla Family, the Bloods and the Crips have formed a partnership against the police.

The department warned other law enforcement agencies to "take appropriate precautions."

The police statement came as mourners gathered for the funeral of Freddie Gray, who died of a mysterious spinal injury while in police custody.

Police spokesman Capt. Eric Kowalczyk would not say whether the threat is related to the death of Gray. Kowalczyk said the threat announcement has been circulated to law enforcement agencies nationwide.

Earlier this year, Baltimore police said the Black Guerilla Family sent a man into the Northeastern District station house with marijuana, cocaine and a loaded gun to test the station’s security.

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12 p.m.

The daughter of Eric Garner, who died of a chokehold in the custody of New York City police, is at the funeral of Freddie Gray.

Gray suffered critical spinal injuries while he was in Baltimore police custody.

Erica Garner, 24, says she came Monday because watching the video of Gray crying out when he was arrested reminded her of the crying and agony that her father went through.

"My father was yelling out, ‘I can’t breathe and (Gray) was yelling out – he didn’t have any words but he was just hurt," she said.

She says she hasn’t met Gray’s family, but would tell them: "I feel your pain. I know what you’re going through. Stay strong and continue to fight."

Garner died last July after police placed him in a chokehold on a Staten Island street.


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