BALTIMORE -- Violent protesters hurled bricks and torched businesses and cars Monday, injuring at least 15 police officers, as authorities tried to restore order with an emergency curfew and the National Guard following the funeral for Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old who died in police custody last week.
At a news conference Monday evening, Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said all the injured officers were expected to recover. In an earlier statement, police said 27 individuals had been arrested. At least one civilian appeared to be unconscious and was seen being carried in a blanket by police. HuffPost attempts to reach the department for more information Monday evening were unsuccessful.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) released a statement Monday evening condemning those who were responsible for the violence. He later declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard. National Guard Major General Linda Singh said during a press conference Monday that a "full complement" of 5,000 troops will be available to patrol the streets of Baltimore. Troops were on the ground in Baltimore as of 11:40 p.m. ET, according to Batts.
In a press conference, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced a citywide, week-long curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m starting Tuesday.
"What we see tonight ... is very disturbing," she said. "It is very clear that there's a difference between what we saw last week between the peaceful protests ... and the thugs, who only want to incite violence and destroy our city."
Police said "violent criminals" assailed officers with bricks and rocks through the night, and also started fires and looted stores.
Police officers in riot gear chased groups of angry protesters near the Mondawmin Mall earlier. Many of the protesters appeared to be teenagers. Riot fears had prompted the shopping mall to close earlier Monday. Greg Harris, a spokesman for the Mondawmin Mall, said the mall made the decision in consultation with police and decided to close, at least in part, because of social media threats that there would be a riot at 3 p.m.
As the hour approached, large crowds of police and teenagers gathered outside the mall as a helicopter circled overhead. The teenagers started throwing objects as police fastened riot helmets.
James MacArthur of The Baltimore Spectator, which tracks crime and politics in the city, tweeted a video from the scene shortly after 3 p.m.:
— Agitator In Chief (@BaltoSpectator) April 27, 2015
Later, Erica Green, a reporter for the Baltimore Sun, tweeted a photo of what she said was a "badly injured" officer:
Officer is down. Badly injured. pic.twitter.com/5lCOTJMS2a
— Erica L. Green (@EricaLG) April 27, 2015
According to the Los Angeles Times, police used pepper spray and tear gas on the crowds.
Earlier in the day, Baltimore police released a statement saying gangs, including the Black Guerilla Family, Bloods and Crips, were partnering to "take out" law enforcement.
Gray died last week after suffering serious spinal injuries while in police custody. Six Baltimore police officers involved have been suspended.
See the latest updates from Baltimore below:
04/29/2015 12:00 AM EDT
Baltimore Police Commissioner: 'Curfew Is Working'
Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts reported 10 arrests since the curfew went into effect at 10 p.m. Two arrests were for looting, one for disorderly conduct, seven for curfew violation, Batts said just before midnight on Tuesday.
"The curfew is working," Batts said.
04/28/2015 11:45 PM EDT
Police: 'Criminals' Started Library Fire
Baltimore police said "criminals" set a fire outside a library. But a reporter said he saw sparks from a tear gas grenade start the blaze.
A group of criminals have just started a fire outside the library located at Pennsylvania Ave and North Ave.— Baltimore Police (@BaltimorePolice) April 29, 2015
Fire beside Pratt library was not caused by Molotov cocktail. The teargas grenade landed on trash and its sparks set the fire. Watched it.— Jon Swaine (@jonswaine) April 29, 2015
04/28/2015 11:41 PM EDT
What Happened To This Protester Seems Pretty Sketchy
04/28/2015 11:29 PM EDT
Baltimore City Councilman: 'Just Call Them Niggas'
Is it accurate to call the Baltimore protesters thugs?
City Councilman Carl Stokes doesn't think so -- and he expressed his feelings very explicitly during an on-air interview with CNN's Erin Burnett on Tuesday.
Watch the video from CNN below:
04/28/2015 11:14 PM EDT
Out Past Curfew: Journalists And A 'Handful' Of Protesters
Area at Pennslyvania and North (where CVS looted and demonstrations all day) effectively cleared. Just lots of media and handful of people— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) April 29, 2015
[H/T Washington Post]
04/28/2015 11:05 PM EDT
Protester To Media: 'You Can Support Us, But You Cannot Join Us'
04/28/2015 10:58 PM EDT
Attorney General Loretta Lynch Reiterates Ongoing Probe Of Baltimore
From the White House:
Earlier today, Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett hosted a conference call with over 50 local leaders from across the country including Mayors Michael Nutter (Philadelphia, PA), Tom Barrett (Milwaukee, WI), Karen Freeman-Wilson (Gary, IN), and Chairman John Eaves (Fulton County, GA).
During the call, Jarrett noted that her thoughts were with the family of Freddie Gray and expressed appreciation for the heroic efforts of police officers, fire fighters and community leaders joining their fellow Baltimore residents who are helping to clean up the debris and property destruction. She also highlighted the 21st Century Policing Task Force’s constructive recommendations that, if adopted by local law enforcement agencies across the country, would enhance community trust – including recommendations for providing training on bias, properly implementing body-worn camera programs, conducting independent investigations of fatalities, and promoting officer safety and wellness. The Attorney General spoke about DOJ efforts to award grants to local police departments in ways that encourage adoption of the Task Force recommendations. The Attorney General also noted that the Department of Justice has opened an investigation in Baltimore and is working with local enforcement, and emphasized that she looks forward to strengthening the partnership that local officials have with the Department of Justice. The two pledged to stay in touch and keep them updated on the ongoing situation in Baltimore.
Jarrett also remained in regular contact with Mayor Rawlings Blake (Baltimore, MD) and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan.
-- Jennifer Bendery
04/28/2015 10:56 PM EDT
Journalist Reportedly Hit By Rubber Bullet
04/28/2015 10:39 PM EDT
Confusion After Curfew
Penn and North right now pic.twitter.com/7Za7d88b68— Nicolás Medina Mora (@MedinaMora) April 29, 2015
04/28/2015 10:34 PM EDT
Police Fire Pepper Balls
Officers are now deploying pepper balls at the aggressive crowd at North Ave / Pennsylvania Ave.— Baltimore Police (@BaltimorePolice) April 29, 2015