Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard as protests and confrontations with the police have swept through the city today in the wake of the funeral for Freddie Gray
, according to the Baltimore Sun
, and unrest is anticipated throughout the night. Multiple stores have been looted, a CVS was engulfed in flames, cars have been burned and several people have been dragged out of their cars. Chaos.
Violence and looting overtook much of West Baltimore on Monday, seriously injuring several police officers and leaving a store and several vehicles in flames.
At least seven police officers were injured in a clash that began near Mondawmin Mall and spread toward downtown. One officer was unresponsive and others suffered broken bones, police spokesman Capt. Eric Kowalczyk said....
Said Gov. Hogan:
"Today’s looting and acts of violence in Baltimore will not be tolerated," he said in a statement. "I strongly condemn the actions of the offenders who are engaged in direct attacks against innocent civilians, businesses and law enforcement officers. There is a significant difference between protesting and violence and those committing these acts will be prosecuted under the fullest extent of the law."
Gray died in police custody
and the family has been demanding answers since his death. Earlier today, the Baltimore Police Department released a statement claiming there were "credible threats
" that gangs planned to "take out" police officers.
The Baltimore Sun is liveblogging events as they unfold, and jpmassar has been keeping track of photos being posted on Twitter.