Apr 28, 2015 12:32 AM
Latest on police-custody death: Police bid to regain control
The Associated Press
Fredericka Gray, the twin sister of Freddie Gray, who suffered a fatal injury while in police custody, has deplored the violence.
"I think the violence is wrong ... I don't like it all," she said late Monday, adding she thought her brother also would have disapproved.
Rioting erupted around the city hours after the funeral for Freddie Gray. He died of a mysterious spinal injury days after being taken into custody.
Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts disclosed at a late-night news conference that National Guard troops have begun taking up positions "on the ground."
He says the guardsmen are key to holding areas that have been cleared of rioters by police moving through those areas hit by unrest.
Batts also said at least 15 officers have been injured, six seriously whom he visited at the city's major trauma hospital. "I told them how proud I was of them and how courageous they were," Batt said.
He added that several cars were set ablaze amid other street fires overnight as law enforcement sought to reassert control.
The fires and riots erupted hours after the funeral for Freddie Gray, the black man who died from a spinal injury days after being taken into police custody.
Donte Hickman, pastor of a Baptist church that has been helping to develop the Mary Harvin Transformational Center shed cried after the fire engulfed that unoccupied building under construction.
He led a group prayer in front of the fire trucks as the firefighters put out the blaze at the build, intended to help senior citizens.
"My heart is broken because somebody obviously didn't understand that we were for the community, somebody didn't understand that we were working on behalf of the community to invest when nobody else would," he says.
The fires and riots erupted hours after the funeral for Freddie Gray, the black man who died of a mysterious spinal injury after being taken into police custody earlier this month.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said officials are investigating whether there is a connection between the fire and the riots.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has gone out to some of the damaged areas, lamenting the violence.
"It's extremely heartbreaking for someone born and raised in Baltimore. We know how hard people work to be able to have a city we know and love and watch a group of criminals go through our city with an intent to destroy. You don't get justice for that. What does it solve?"
The fires and riots started hours after the funeral for Freddie Gray, a black man who died of a mysterious injury after being arrested.
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.
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.
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: "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.
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.
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.
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.
Police say 15 officers have been injured in the Baltimore riots.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
Gray died after suffering critical injuries in police custody.
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.
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.
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.
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.