Vehicles were set ablaze and stores were looted as “outrageous criminals,” as the police department called them, attacked law enforcement officers following the funeral of Freddie Gray. The 25 year old man died from injuries he sustained during an arrest. Videos and images from the streets of Baltimore showed the chaos, as Twitter users posted updates to their accounts.
As a local CVS Pharmacy was looted set on fire, the convenience store took to Twitter to issue a statement: “Due to nearby protest activity, we’ve closed some stores in Baltimore. No customers or employees have been harmed. We're cooperating w/ police & monitoring other stores to ensure the safety of employees & customers. Thoughts are w/ the people of Baltimore.”
More than an hour after the unrest began, a “violent group” continued to “throw bricks, bottles and other dangerous items at police cars WITH officers inside,” the Baltimore Police Department tweeted. “A group of individuals remain in the area of North Avenue and Pennsylvania Ave. They are destroying property and have started a fire,” the BPD said in another Twitter update.
Though seven police officers were attacked and one remained unconscious, BPD spokesman Captain Eric Kowalczyk said authorities would remain on the streets. “We will do whatever is appropriate to protect the safety of our officers and ensure the safety of the people who live and work in the Mondawmin area,” he said. “We have police officers deployed throughout the city to make sure we can continue to deliver police services to the citizens of Baltimore and we will continue to keep the city safe.”
Some of the photos of video from Baltimore have been posted below:
— FlashyRod_ (@KwaRod) April 27, 2015
— Wake Up America (@WakeUp__America) April 27, 2015
— Revolution News (@NewsRevo) April 27, 2015
— Philly.com (@phillydotcom) April 27, 2015
— Jack (@Harleyrick1) April 27, 2015
— BLyfe (@BlakeDontCrack) April 27, 2015
— Rob (@GULLYKING82) April 27, 2015
— Kari Van Horn (@KariVanHorn) April 27, 2015
Click here to watch live stream footage of the unrest in Baltimore.
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