Monday, April 27, 2015

Baltimore protests turn violent; police officers injured




By Dana Ford, CNN



Updated 6:03 PM ET, Mon April 27, 2015






Source: CNN




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Story highlights
State police order more troopers to Baltimore
Video shows police in riot gear taking cover behind an armored vehicle
The violence comes the same day as the funeral for Freddie Gray



(CNN)A riot erupted on the streets of Baltimore late Monday as protesters clashed with police, several of whom were injured.

"This afternoon, a group of outrageous criminals attacked our officers. Right now, we have seven officers that have serious injuries, including broken bones, and one officer who is unconscious," Capt. Eric Kowalczyk told reporters.

He vowed to find the attackers and put them in jail.

Video showed police in riot gear taking cover behind an armored vehicle, as protesters pelted them with rocks.

At one point, it looked like officers used tear gas. The Baltimore Police Department said it had heard reports of protesters setting small items on fire, and footage showed a cruiser in flames.

Video also showed people looting local stores.



"You're going to see tear gas. You're going to see pepper balls. We're going to use appropriate methods to ensure that we're able to preserve the safety of that community," Kowalczyk said.

There were no immediate reports of injuries among the protesters.


'Credible threat' to officers



Earlier in the day, the Baltimore Police Department said it had received a "credible threat" that gangs were teaming up to "take out" officers.

It did not say where the information came from, nor did it say whether the threat was tied to the recent death of Freddie Gray. Gray died in police custody under circumstances that remain unclear.

His death has sparked ongoing protests in Baltimore and raised long-simmering tensions between police and residents there.


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"The Baltimore Police Department/Criminal Intelligence Unit has received credible information that members of various gangs including the Black Guerilla Family, Bloods, and Crips have entered into a partnership to 'take out' law enforcement officers," police said. "This is a credible threat."

Maryland State Police have ordered an additional 40 troopers to Baltimore to join the 42 troopers already sent there Monday afternoon to assist city police.

Since last Thursday, more than 280 state troopers have provided assistance in Baltimore.


'They don't deserve this'



Monday's violence came the same day as Gray's funeral. The 25-year-old was arrested on April 12 and died one week later from a fatal spinal cord injury.

"I am sure that the family is concerned, and I am positive that they are against what is beginning to develop here in town," said Billy Murphy, an attorney for the Gray family.

"They don't deserve this any more than Freddie Gray deserved it," he said about the injured officers.

In spite of the violence, the Baltimore Orioles say the baseball team has consulted with Baltimore police, and plans to play Monday night's home game against the Chicago White Sox as scheduled, a source with knowledge of the situation told CNN Sports.

Over the weekend, a few protesters vandalized police cars, threw objects at officers, cursed at them and scuffled with them.

About a dozen young men smashed squad cars with garbage cans, climbed on top of them and stomped on them, CNN video showed.


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A protester breaks a store window after the rally in Baltimore on April 25.
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Protesters get into a shoving match with police during a march downtown on April 25.
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Protesters drive through the Camden Yards area on April 25.
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Members of the Baltimore Police Department stand guard Thursday, April 23, outside the department's Western District station during a protest.
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A police officer films protesters from the steps of the Western District station on April 23.
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Empowerment Temple Pastor Jamal Harrison Bryant speaks in front of City Hall in Baltimore on April 23.
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Demonstrators put their fists in the air during a protest outside the Baltimore police's Western District station on Wednesday, April 22.
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Hundreds of demonstrators march toward the Western District station on April 22.
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Malik Z. Shabazz, of Black Lawyers for Justice, speaks to a group of protesters outside the Western District police station.
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A woman is comforted during the protest on April 22.
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Baltimore Police Department officers in riot gear push back protesters after the funeral of Freddie Gray in Baltimore on Monday, April 27, 2015. Gray died on April 19 from a severe spinal cord injury that he allegedly suffered while in police custody a week earlier. His death has sparked ongoing protests in Baltimore and raised long-simmering tensions between police and residents there. Click through the gallery for more images:
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Police officers clash with protesters in the streets near Mondawmin Mall on April 27.
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Protesters clash with police on April 27.
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Baltimore police officers in riot gear look toward protesters near Mondawmin Mall on April 27.
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Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts chases away protesters in a parking lot on April 27.
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Police handle the protesters during a riot on April 27.
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Demonstrators throw rocks at the police after Gray's funeral on April 27.
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Baltimore police officers detain a demonstrator on April 27.
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Protesters stand off with police during a march in honor of Gray in Baltimore on Saturday, April 25.
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A protester throws a barricade at a bar near Oriole Park at Camden Yards after a rally on April 25.
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Police carry a detained man to a police van after the march to City Hall on April 25.
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Protesters chase after a car as it drives in reverse after the rally on April 25.
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Protesters hold signs as they stand off with the police at Camden Yards during a march on April 25.
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A protester breaks a store window after the rally in Baltimore on April 25.
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Protesters get into a shoving match with police during a march downtown on April 25.
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Protesters raise their hands in front of a line of police officers on April 25.
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Protesters and police square off April 25.
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Hundreds of protesters gather for the march on April 25.
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Protesters drive through the Camden Yards area on April 25.
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Members of the Baltimore Police Department stand guard Thursday, April 23, outside the department's Western District station during a protest.
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A police officer films protesters from the steps of the Western District station on April 23.
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Empowerment Temple Pastor Jamal Harrison Bryant speaks in front of City Hall in Baltimore on April 23.
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Demonstrators put their fists in the air during a protest outside the Baltimore police's Western District station on Wednesday, April 22.
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Hundreds of demonstrators march toward the Western District station on April 22.
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A member of the Baltimore Police Department stands guard outside the Western District station as men hold their hands up in protest on April 22.
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Demonstrators put their fists in the air during the protest on April 22.
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Demonstrators argue with Baltimore officers during the protest on April 22.
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Malik Z. Shabazz, of Black Lawyers for Justice, speaks to a group of protesters outside the Western District police station.
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A woman is comforted during the protest on April 22.
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Baltimore Police keep demonstrators back outside the Western District station.
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Baltimore Police Department officers in riot gear push back protesters after the funeral of Freddie Gray in Baltimore on Monday, April 27, 2015. Gray died on April 19 from a severe spinal cord injury that he allegedly suffered while in police custody a week earlier. His death has sparked ongoing protests in Baltimore and raised long-simmering tensions between police and residents there. Click through the gallery for more images:
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A police vehicle burns on April 27 during unrest following the funeral of Freddie Gray.
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A police officer uses pepper spray on rioters on April 27.
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Police officers push back a protester on April 27.
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Police react during the riot on April 27.
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Police officers clash with protesters in the streets near Mondawmin Mall on April 27.
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Protesters clash with police on April 27.
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Baltimore police officers in riot gear look toward protesters near Mondawmin Mall on April 27.
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Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts chases away protesters in a parking lot on April 27.
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Police handle the protesters during a riot on April 27.
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A demonstrator taunts police on April 27.
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Demonstrators throw rocks at the police after Gray's funeral on April 27.
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Baltimore police officers detain a demonstrator on April 27.
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Protesters stand off with police during a march in honor of Gray in Baltimore on Saturday, April 25.
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A protester throws a barricade at a bar near Oriole Park at Camden Yards after a rally on April 25.
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Police carry a detained man to a police van after the march to City Hall on April 25.
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Protesters chase after a car as it drives in reverse after the rally on April 25.
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Protesters hold signs as they stand off with the police at Camden Yards during a march on April 25.
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A protester breaks a store window after the rally in Baltimore on April 25.
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