Officers Reportedly Injured as Violence in Baltimore Continues After Funeral for Freddie Gray
Several police officers were injured Monday as unrest continued in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray, CNN reports.
The violence prompted the Maryland governor to declare a state of emergency and activate the National Guard to help control rioters.
According to Tweets from the Baltimore Police Department’s official account, the officers were injured by “a group of disorderly individuals” who threw bricks at the police.
“One of our officers has been injured at Mondawmin Mall,” one Tweet read. “The group continues to throw bricks and other items at police officers.”
“Additional officers have been injured in the area of Liberty Heights and Reisterstown Rd. The group continues to throw bricks at officers,” another Tweet read.
Police also claimed in a statement to CNN that they had obtained “credible information” that members from various gangs had banded together to “take out” officers.
Violent protesters also attacked police vehicles, and a MTA police car was seen engulfed in flames amid the unrest.
Video from local news outlets also showed people apparently looting a CVS store in Baltimore.
The unrest was sparked over the weekend when “splinter groups” became violent during peaceful protests of Gray’s death. The violence led to 12 arrests on Saturday.
Gray died in police custody on April 19 as the result of a spinal cord injury. The 25-year-old was arrested on April 12 for possession of a switchblade after he “fled unprovoked after noticing police presence.”
According to reports, Gray asked for medical attention before being transported. On Friday, police acknowledged that Gray should have received medical attention at the spot he was arrested before he was handcuffed without a seat belt, a violation of police policy.
USA Today reports that the arresting officers have been suspended with pay and are under criminal investigation by their own department.
Monday also marked Gray’s funeral, which was attended by hundreds of people, including politicians and relatives of Eric Garner, who died last July after New York City police officer put him in a chokehold, which is in violation of NYPD procedures.
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