Rioters Cut Fire Hose as Buildings Burn and Governor Declares State of Emergency in Baltimore
The National Guard has been called in, and Baltimore's mayor has declared a citywide curfew
There were scenes of chaos Monday night as rioters continued their violent outbreaks on the streets of Baltimore.
What started as a protest against the death in police custody of Freddie Gray turned into a war zone as the governor of Maryland declared a state of emergency, calling in the National Guard, and Baltimore’s mayor announced a citywide nighttime curfew beginning Tuesday.
And some rioters even cut a water hose that firefighters were using to put out a fire.
Among the buildings damaged was an affordable housing center for seniors that was just months away from opening.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, but Pastor Donte Hickman of the Southern Baptist Church, which owns the facility, said 60 senior housing units were lost.
“My eyes have been filled with tears,” he told CNN. “Someone didn’t understand that we exist in the community to help revitalize it.”
Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake held a press conference Monday night in response to the rioting, which came on the day of Gray’s funeral.
“What we see tonight that is going on in our city is very disturbing,” said Rawlings-Blake. “Too many people have spent generations building up this city for it to be destroyed by thugs, who in a very senseless way are trying to tear down what so many have fought for. Tearing down businesses, destroying property, things we know will impact our communities for years.”
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