Baltimore Riots Photos & Videos Are Reminiscent Of Ferguson As The Country Watches In Horror
Baltimore is burning. That's the image that has left the country in horror as peaceful protests turned violent Monday following the funeral of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died after sustaining a fatal spinal injury in police custody earlier this month. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency and deployed the National Guard. Violence began in the afternoon and continued well into the night, and photos and videos of the Baltimore riots became reminiscent of the events that ravaged Ferguson, Missouri.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew for all Baltimore residents after young youths looted and rioted in the Mondawmin neighborhood, located in northwest Baltimore. Coverage of the riots showed young men smashing store windows, setting cars on fire, and looting businesses such as a CVS store. Authorities said at least 27 people had been arrested, and 15 police officers have been injured. Important to note is this group largely operated independently from the 2,000 people who had gathered at the Shiloh Baptist Church to honor Gray.
Gov. Hogan said in statement, "Today’s acts of looting and violence in Baltimore will not be tolerated," condemning "direct attacks against innocent civilians, business and law enforcement officers." He added, "There is a significant difference between protesting and violence."
(Warning: Some videos contain strong language.)