Baltimore reels after arrest, death of Freddie Gray
LISTEN LIVE: Baltimore Police media briefing to begin
The curfew goes into effect from 10pm - 5am. There are certain exceptions to the curfew - going to & from work and medical emergenciesby Baltimore Police via twitter 4/29/2015 1:40:25 AM
You will continue to hear officers using bull horns to make announcements about the 10:00pm curfew.by Baltimore Police via twitter 4/29/2015 1:41:43 AM
Members of the MEDIA may continue to work after the curfew begins.by Baltimore Police via twitter 4/29/2015 1:42:58 AM
Reports of a group throwing rocks & bricks at officers in the area of Patapsco /9th Street. At least one officer injured.by Baltimore Police via twitter 4/29/2015 1:47:13 AM
Officers are making arrests at Patapsco and 9th Street. A group started attacking officers w/ rocks and bricks.by Baltimore Police via twitter 4/29/2015 1:49:38 AM
A group of protesters remain at the intersection of North Ave and Pennsylvania Ave. Motorists should avoid the area. Take alternate routesby Baltimore Police via twitter 4/29/2015 2:00:47 AM
Our officers are using bull horns and loud speakers to announce the curfew.by Baltimore Police via twitter 4/29/2015 2:11:47 AM
by NBC PHOTOG via twitter 4/29/2015 2:12:15 AM
Citywide curfew begins tonight
Police say they will enforce the 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew that begins tonight. Residents are urged to stay off city streets during that time unless they are seeking medical treatment, or going to or coming home from work.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced that the curfew will last one week and that it is in addition to the juvenile curfew that begins at 9 p.m. for those 14 and younger.
MTA services will operate as regularly scheduled during the curfew hours.
A large group of protesters remain at the intersection of North Ave / Pennsylvania Ave. Officers are using bull horns to announce curfew.by Baltimore Police via twitter 4/29/2015 2:12:51 AM
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Baltimore police spokesman Capt. Eric Kowalczyk said police were using a variety of measures to inform the public about the curfew.
Shortly before the curfew was to go into effect he said that police in cruisers were driving through neighborhoods using their cars’ public address systems to notify residents of the 10 p.m. curfew. He said police were also broadcasting the message using a police helicopter. Kowalczyk said the city was also using its Reverse 911 system to notify residents of the curfew.
Maryland’s governor said there will be 2,000 National Guard troops and more than 1,000 police officers on the streets to enforce the 10 p.m.-5 a.m. curfew after riots in the wake of Freddie Gray’s death. He died after injuries in police custody.
The group at North Ave / Pennsylvania Ave is becoming aggressive & throwing items at police officers.by Baltimore Police via twitter 4/29/2015 2:17:08 AM
Credentialed members of the MEDIA are exempt from the emergency curfew. Please use caution in the area of police enforcement.by Baltimore Police via twitter 4/29/2015 2:43:46 AM
Police clash with Baltimore protesters for a second night
BALTIMORE (AP) — A line of police behind riot shields hurled smoke grenades and fired pepper balls at dozens of protesters Tuesday night to enforce a citywide curfew, imposed after the worst outbreak of rioting in Baltimore since 1968.
Demonstrators threw bottles at police, and picked up the smoke grenades and hurled them back at officers. No immediate arrests or serious injuries were reported.
The clash came after a day of high tension but relative peace in Baltimore, as thousands of police officers and National Guardsmen poured into the city to prevent another round of rioting like the one that rocked the city on Monday.
It was the first time since the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968 that the National Guard was called out in Baltimore to prevent civil unrest.
Maryland’s governor said 2,000 Guardsmen and 1,000 law officers would be in place overnight.
BALTIMORE (AP) 10:50 p.m. -- Military vehicles are flying through the street trying to disperse the last of the crowd.
There are still dozens of people, but they are further back from the intersection as police continue to hold their line and slowly advance, using a great deal of restraint.
The Baltimore Police twitter feed said at 10:34 p.m.: “People who remain on the street – who do not meet the exceptions – are now in violation of the emergency curfew.” Moments after the tweet, dozens of police advanced across the intersection. Reporters said a crowd had dwindled as people ran down side streets.
People are protesting the death of Freddie Gray, who died following injuries he suffered in police custody.
by NBC PHOTOG via twitter 4/29/2015 3:22:03 AM
Media Advisory: We will have a media briefing at 11:45pm tonight in front of police HQ - 600 E. Fayette Street.by Baltimore Police via twitter 4/29/2015 3:23:31 AM
BALTIMORE (AP) -- 11:00 p.m.
An hour after the city-wide curfew began, the intersection is mostly clear except for police and the media which is exempt from the curfew. Other officers are moving into the neighborhood beyond the intersection where a CVS was looted to get stragglers to go home.
Officials called for the 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew after riots started hours after Freddie Gray’s funeral. He died after being injured in police custody.
LISTEN LIVE: Baltimore Police plan to give an update on the latest developments in the city around 11:45 p.m. Click here to listen live on WTOP.com.
Obama criticizes black deaths by police, but also rioters
WASHINGTON (AP) — Urging Americans to “do some soul-searching,” President Barack Obama expressed deep frustration Tuesday over recurring black deaths at the hands of police, rioters responding with senseless violence and a society that will only “feign concern” without addressing the root causes.
“This is not new. It’s been going on for decades,” Obama said from the White House a day after rioting erupted 40 miles north in Baltimore following the funeral for Freddie Gray, who died of a spinal cord injury after being arrested.
Gray is the latest black man to die at the hands of police, prompting protests and calls for criminal justice reform. Some have criticized America’s first black president for not speaking out forcefully enough as he tries to avoid criticism of law enforcement, and he responded by calling the deaths “a slow-rolling crisis.”
“We have seen too many instances of what appears to be police officers interacting with individuals, primarily African-American, often poor, in ways that raise troubling questions. It comes up, it seems like, once a week now,” Obama said. He said although such cases aren’t unprecedented, there’s new awareness as a result of cameras and social media. “We shouldn’t pretend that it’s new.”
BALTIMORE (AP) -- For the people arrested in Baltimore under the state of emergency, there could be a longer wait than usual to see a District Court official.
Normally, state law requires that people arrested without warrants appear before a court official within 24 hours of their arrests.
But as part of the state of emergency declared Monday by Republican Gov. Larry Hogan following unrest in the city, the governor extended the period to no later than 47 hours. That’s according to a letter he sent Tuesday to Judge Barbara Baer Waxman, the administrative judge for the Baltimore District Court.
“This exercise of my authority is necessary to protect the public safety and to address the more than 200 arrests that were made by Baltimore Police Department and other law enforcement officials,” Hogan wrote in the letter, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press.
by Molette Green via twitter 4/29/2015 8:36:01 AM
Whole Foods is facing anger from some social media users after a photo showed members of the National Guard, which is patrolling the streets of Baltimore, holding food from the grocery chain.
One Twitter user wrote, “Dear @WholeFoods: The National Guard already has a supply system for food. The citizens of #Baltimore could probably use your help more.”
Four more people were arrested in the early hours of Wednesday on curfew violations.
Police in riot gear advance on the crowd after a 10 p.m.
curfew went into effect in the wake of Monday's riots following the
funeral for Freddie Gray, Tuesday, April 28, 2015, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Updated at 5:13 a.m., Wednesday, April 29, 2015
WASHINGTON — Baltimore's
police commissioner says a citywide curfew appears to be working, and
city schools announced that they would be open Wednesday as the city
began a return to normalcy.
(Classes, however, are canceled Wednesday for Prince George's County students who receive special education services in Baltmore.)
an update to the media just before midnight, Police Commissioner
Anthony Batts said that 10 people had been arrested after the curfew
went into effect at 10 p.m.
Seven of those arrests were for violating the curfew, two were arrested
for looting and one person was arrested for disorderly conduct.
Four more people were arrested around 4 a.m., the Washington Post reports.
“The curfew is, in fact, working,” Batts said. “Citizens are safe. The city is stable. We hope to maintain it that way.”
Batts said there had been no major incidents.
Earlier Tuesday night, as the curfew began effect, demonstrators clashed with police. Officers used tear gas canisters and pepper balls to disperse the crowd.
Police said a crowd in the area of North and Pennsylvania avenues refused to leave, and a group reportedly started a fire outside the nearby library. WTOP's Andrew Mollenbeck reported that water bottles were thrown at a line of police in place.
ahead of the curfew, Baltimore police said that at least one officer
was injured when a group started attacking officers with rocks and
bricks in the area of Patapsco Avenue and 9th Street.
Rep. Elijah Cummings used a bullhorn at one point Tuesday night, calling for peace.
Maryland’s governor, Larry Hogan, said 2,000 Guardsmen and 1,000 law officers would be in place overnight.
Clearing the rubble
Tuesday, a different tone was set on the streets as residents began to
clear the rubble from the rioting that broke out Monday.
of police and National Guard troops had swarmed the city in an effort
to prevent another round of violence from brewing.
Tuesday afternoon, hundreds of people gathered near a burned-out
CVS/Pharmacy to continue calling for justice for Freddie Gray, the black
man who died of a spinal cord injury while in police custody on April
12.Maryland state troopers stand guard as residents clean up, Tuesday. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
The building in the area of W. North and Pennsylvania avenues was damaged during the riots and looting that swept through the city Monday.
Some community members created a buffer between police and protesters while others danced and played music.
The gathering was peaceful. Earlier,
someone passed out water and others handed out popsicles under the
watchful eyes of police in riot gear, standing shoulder to shoulder.One of the most powerful moments of the day. Baltimore City bands all unite to match for peace. http://pbs.twimg.com/media/CDtuoBXWMAI9lAC.jpgApr. 28, 2015
Those who participated called it a dialogue and were there to express their anger over their treatment at the hands of police.
Later, the protest transformed into a celebration of Baltimore complete with a marching band and dancing.
Thousands of people peacefully marched on Baltimore City Hall Saturday to protest Gray's death. But pockets of protesters took vengeance on police car windows and storefronts. Two people were hurt and a dozen were arrested.
Violence broke out again Monday, hours after Gray's funeral. There were nearly 200 arrests — most were adults, 144 vehicle fires and 15 structure fires in the city. And 20 police officers were injured, officials have said.
Most of the officers sustained bruises to their hands from rocks and bottles that were thrown, Commissioner Anthony Batt said.
One officer who was struck on the head was kept in the hospital overnight and is recovering well. The rest have all been treated and released, he said.
And one person was critically injured in a structure fire, police say.
National Guard, police fan out through cityHogan,
who has temporarily moved his office from Annapolis to Baltimore,
declared a state of emergency in the city Monday night following a
request by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
addition to the National Guard, the governor's declaration brings in
the state insurance commission, which will assess damage to businesses
and buildings. The governor said the small business administration will work to provide financing to businesses without insurance. The state is also working to provide emergency housing to residents whose homes were damaged.
Police and fire departments from D.C.,Hogan called those responsible for the violence and looting criminals. Rawlings-Blake called them thugs, saying they were tearing apart a city that so many had worked so hard to rebuild.
Prince George's, Montgomery, Howard and Anne Arundel counties all sent
officers, equipment or staff to help supplement Baltimore agencies. Hogan said New Jersey also provided state troopers. Maryland State Police also has sent troopers to Baltimore.Hogan said his immediate priority is to restore calm to the city.
But while meeting with community and faith leaders, he said they also
discussed longer-term issues that need addressing, saying "this might be
the start of an ongoing dialogue."Gray family responds
In response to the violence and unrest, the family of Freddie Gray held a news conference late Monday night.
"I want you all to get justice for my son but don't do it like this here. Don't tear up the whole city man, just for him. It's wrong," said Gloria Darden, Gray's mother.
"I think the violence is wrong — I don't like it all," said Fredericka Gray, the twin sister of Freddie Gray, adding that she thought her brother would have disapproved.