Baltimore Governor Declares State Of Emergency
After the streets of Baltimore turned into a violent war zone, the governor of Maryland declared a state of emergency and activated the national guard last night.
Riots broke out as residents protested police brutality and the excessive police force used against Freddie Gray, following Gray’s funeral with “demonstrators hurling rocks at police, destroying patrol cars and looting and torching stores.” Gray suffered a fatal spine injury after being in custody of the Baltimore police.
“All are going to be OK but sustained heavy damage to their bodies,” Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said in a news conference late Monday night. Batts also said that one police officer was hit in the head, another had severe damage to his knee cap.
The police commissioner said he believes the riots are “dying down” now.
The commissioner also said he understood that several gangs had met and agreed to “take out a police officer” after Gray’s funeral.
A curfew has been imposed on the city Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said, calling the rioters “thugs.”
“We are deploying every resource possible to gain control of the situation and ensure peace moving forward,” she said.