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How The Baltimore Chaos Started After Freddie Gray's Funeral

04/28/2015 09:56 am ET | Updated Apr 28, 2015

BALTIMORE -- Luke Andrzejewski didn't wait for the Mondawmin Mall to close Monday before he told the 10 workers he manages at the Burger King here to close down the restaurant. He'd heard from several customers that kids from nearby high schools had been using social media to plan a riot at the mall for 3 p.m.

The funeral for Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old black man killed by police under questionable circumstances, had just been held at the nearby Shiloh Baptist Church, and violent protests had already taken place over the weekend in response to the killing.

"I don't want my employees to be anywhere near that," Andrzejewski said around 1:30 p.m., before any groups of teenagers had arrived.

Within an hour, the entire mall shut down, closing dozens of shops based on social media reports and information from police. "As a safety precaution, Mondawmin decided to close," mall spokesman Greg Harris said.

By 3 p.m., dozens of teenagers had shown up -- and dozens of police officers were waiting. One young woman picked up stones while officers fastened riot helmets. The officers and teenagers faced off across a narrow road off the mall's parking lot.

Soon the officers started yelling at the teenagers, instructing them to leave mall grounds. Their demands were met with chants of "Fuck the police!" and "Don't shoot!" The teens could be heard saying police had "started" things by killing Gray.

Once pushback from officers began to get intense, teenagers ran to a 7-Eleven on the other side of Reisterstown Road -- they were upset, but still relatively peaceful.

This was short-lived. Soon rocks, bricks and glass bottles were being thrown at officers.

About 15 minutes after things heated up, an armored vehicle belonging to the Baltimore Police Department was on the scene, seemingly chasing down groups of teenagers as they pelted it with rocks.

At least two of the mall protesters were detained by police and another teenager was knocked unconscious, during what appeared to be an attempted detainment. Several protesters who were following the cops as they carried the unconscious boy were pushed back by cops and eventually pepper sprayed.

Bricks and other items were still being thrown at officers, and officers continued pepper spraying and pushing back the crowd. Several officers were injured and carried away.

After about 90 minutes, police seemed to have gained control of the situation, with officers standing shoulder-to-shoulder and blocking access to a three-block stretch of Reisterstown Road in front of the mall.

Brittany Smith, 18, said she attended Gray's funeral Monday morning before heading to the Mondawmin Mall. She had been following #JusticeForFreddieGray on Instagram and saw that people were talking about starting a riot.

"I didn't think they were gonna go through with it," Smith said.

Smith, a student at Baltimore City Community College, said she just wanted to see what would happen, adding she is sympathetic with people who are angry about Gray's death. She was one of several people essentially trapped at the mall because bus and rail service had shut down there and police weren't letting anyone walk down the street.

"They feel like they didn't have no justice for Freddie Gray," Smith said of the protesters.

Though police had achieved relative calm at the mall, pillars of smoke rose from scenes of chaos not far away, where a building and several vehicles, including one police car, had been set on fire.

At the intersection of Pennsylvania and West North avenues, the scene looked more like a riot. Looters carrying armfuls of goods walked out of a CVS store with smashed windows. Soon, smoke started billowing out of the building. A line of police officers on Pennsylvania Avenue slowly advanced down the street and people continued to throw rocks and bottles -- even as the smoke grew more intense.

Firefighters eventually arrived, only to have their hoses slashed on live TV as they tried to put out the fire.

Blocks away, looters ransacked several stores. Crowds of people lined the sidewalks, some drinking booze that appeared to be stolen.

Members of the Nation of Islam marched down the sidewalk in a show of nonviolent force, trying to talk to people, and clergyman linked arms and walked the streets in an effort to quell the violence.

At least 15 police were injured and 27 people arrested. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake imposed a curfew and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) called in the National Guard.

Mondawmin Mall, which police had protected in the afternoon, ended up getting looted at night. The mall remained closed on Tuesday.

During Gray's funeral earlier Monday, calls for police accountability drew standing ovations. Billy Murphy, an attorney for Gray's family, called for the six police officers involved in Gray's arrest -- who have already been suspended -- to explain what happened to Gray.

"We're calling for the police, the six of them who are at least being possibly if not totally implicated, to come forward and tell it all, just like we tell our citizens to do," Murphy said. "The whole world is watching us."

Del Conley, a Baltimore resident who has been involved in some of the recent protests, told The Huffington Post outside of Gray's funeral that media has been focused on what protesters are doing wrong and that the world should be aware of why Baltimore's residents are so upset.

"People who don't live in my neighborhood or don't come from the same background as me or the same area as me -- they don't know how we live. They're outsiders looking in," Conley said. "They don't know what's going on in our neighborhood. They don't know what we go through -- they don't know anything, if you ask me."

See live updates 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.

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

[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

04/28/2015 10:34 PM EDT

Police Fire Pepper Balls

Yup we just teargassed

— Nicolás Medina Mora (@MedinaMora) April 29, 2015

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— Albert Samaha (@AlbertSamaha) April 29, 2015

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Smoke grenades fired by police pic.twitter.com/dtMrHtsBUB

— Jon Swaine (@jonswaine) April 29, 2015

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— Albert Samaha (@AlbertSamaha) April 29, 2015

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Smoke grenades fired by police pic.twitter.com/dtMrHtsBUB

— Jon Swaine (@jonswaine) April 29,...Read More"},{"id":"198","created":"04/28/2015 10:22 PM EDT","title":"Police Warn Reporters To Leave As Violence Breaks Out","tweet_link":"198_police-warn-reporters-to-leave-as-violence-breaks-out","entry_text":"

Police have begun advancing. Coming under a rain of water bottles and some glass. Helicopter warns media to leave or risk arrest

— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) April 29, 2015

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Police have begun advancing. Coming under a rain of water bottles and some glass. Helicopter warns media to leave or risk arrest

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Someone just threw a bottle at police. Curfew passed 14 minutes ago but large crowds remain in streets. #Baltimore

— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) April 29, 2015

Couple volleys of bottles coming in, which are met by riot shields raised in unison.

— Peter Crispino (@PeterCrispino) April 29, 2015

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Someone just threw a bottle at police. Curfew passed 14 minutes ago but large crowds remain in streets. #Baltimore

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Reports of a group throwing rocks & bricks at officers in the area of Patapsco /9th Street. At least one officer injured.

— Baltimore Police (@BaltimorePolice) April 29, 2015

Officers are making arrests at Patapsco and 9th Street. A group started attacking officers w/ rocks and bricks.

— Baltimore Police (@BaltimorePolice) April 29, 2015

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Reports of a group throwing rocks & bricks at officers in the area of Patapsco /9th Street. At least one officer injured.

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Baltimore police said they would enforce a 10 p.m. curfew and arrest those in violation.

Police spokesman Eric Kowalczyk, during a news conference Tuesday night, urged reporters not to interfere with law enforcement trying to enforce the curfew. He acknowledged the right of the media to cover protests.

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Baltimore police said they would enforce a 10 p.m. curfew and arrest those in violation.

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\"Freddie Gray will never be back. Those windows will,” said DeRay McKesson, during an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Tuesday.

McKesson, an activist best known for his efforts in Ferguson, Missouri, during protests of the police killing of teenager Michael Brown, refused to condemn Baltimore protesters who turned to violence on Monday -- even after Blitzer noted at least 15 injured police officers, 200 arrests and 44 vehicles set ablaze.

\"There's no excuse for that kind of violence right?\" Blitzer asked McKesson, who then promptly responded:

\"Yeah, and there's no excuse for the seven people the Baltimore City Police Department has killed in the past year either, right?\"

Blitzer then invoked the peaceful ways of Martin Luther King Jr. -- who was arrested on multiple occasions for getting rowdy with law enforcement while protesting.

\"I don't have to condone it to understand it, right?\" McKesson said. \"The pain that people feel is real. And you are making a comparison. You are suggesting this idea that broken windows are worse than broken spines, right? And what we know to be true is that the police are killing people everywhere. They're killing people here.\"

Blitzer continued vainly trying to get McKesson to condemn the violent protesters.

\"The violence that the police have been inflicting on communities of color has been sustained and deep ... I think that the unrest, the uprising, whatever you call it is, again, a cry for justice here and a cry for justice across the country because the police continue to terrorize people -- and the terrorizing is actually deadly,\" McKesson said.

Check out the footage below:

[H/T Mediate]

-- Julia Craven

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Baltimore protesters got into a heated conversation with law enforcement officials on Tuesday as they continued calling for justice in death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray.

One man repeatedly asked officers who was responsible for Gray's death.

\"Find out who did that shit to my man and we're going to calm down,\" he said.

\"All y'all got to do is indict the six officers that killed Freddie,\" said another man.

\"We are Freddie's family now ... Freddie's not the only one!\" he added.

Six Baltimore officers have been suspended with pay as an investigation digs into what happened on the day Gray was arrested.

Their names are Lt. Brian Rice, Officer Caesar Goodson, Sgt. Alicia White, Officer William Porter, Officer Garrett Miller, and Officer Edward Nero, according to CNN.

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that order needs to be restored in Baltimore and the U.S. should examine its criminal justice system.

Clinton, speaking at a fundraiser in New York City on Tuesday, promised a more detailed presentation of her views on Wednesday.

Just in: @HillaryClinton at NYC fundraiser tonight via pooler @PeterNicholas3: "Baltimore is burning"

— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) April 28, 2015

.@HillaryClinton: "We have to restore order & security. But then we have to take a hard look as to what we need to do to reform our system."

— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) April 28, 2015

.@HillaryClinton says she will address Baltimore in greater depth at Columbia event tomorrow

— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) April 28, 2015

-- Sam Levine

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that order needs to be restored in Baltimore and the U.S. should examine its criminal justice system.

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#BREAKING: Baltimore City Schools confirm that schools will be OPEN tomorrow, after they were closed Tuesday. http://t.co/t3rUq7qDE2

— NBCWashington (@nbcwashington) April 28, 2015

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Some 2,000 National Guard troops will join more than 1,000 law enforcement officers Tuesday night to keep the peace in Baltimore after Monday's riots, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan told CNN.

\"Acts of violence and destruction of property cannot and will not be tolerated,\" Hogan said at a press conference. \"Maintaining law and order, innocent lives and property is our number one priority.\"

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HuffPost's Ryan Grim reports:

Baltimore's violent protests are an understandable response to a system that's rigged in favor of the rich and leaves young people with little hope or opportunity, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Tuesday afternoon.

\"We cannot condone the violence we see in Baltimore, but we must not ignore the despair and hopelessness that gives rise to this kind of violence,\" Reid said on the Senate floor, condemning the violence in a way that seemed more dutiful than heartfelt. \"So let’s condemn the violence, but let’s not ignore the underlying problem.\"

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), meanwhile, was less interested in the root cause of the unrest, instead calling for law enforcement to crack down. \"I hope the investigation into illegal behavior will be be concluded soon and those who've been engaged in criminal behavior will be promptly pursued and charged,\" McConnell said.

Read more here.

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HuffPost's Ryan Grim reports:

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Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), who canceled an overseas trip to go to Baltimore, attended a community meeting on Tuesday. O'Malley, who left the governor's mansion this year and is a potential Democratic contender for president in 2016, served as mayor of Baltimore from 1999 to 2007.

The Washington Post pointed out that O'Malley's tough-on-crime policies as mayor contributed to the conditions that led to the recent unrest in Baltimore.

O'Malley was overseas but came home when he saw what was happening. "I just want to thank you for loving this city." pic.twitter.com/QwrJowDdBs

— Gene Demby (@GeeDee215) April 28, 2015

-- Samuel Levine

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Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), who canceled an overseas trip to go to Baltimore, attended a community meeting on Tuesday. O'Malley, who left the governor's mansion this year and is a potential Democratic contender for president in 2016, serv...Read More"},{"id":"176","created":"04/28/2015 6:11 PM EDT","title":"Former Gang Member Urges Baltimore Protesters To 'Stay Home Tonight'","tweet_link":"176_former-gang-member-urges-baltimore-protesters-to-stay-home-tonight","entry_text":"

HuffPost's Simon McCormack reports:

Eugene \"Big U\" Henley said on Tuesday that he understands why violent protests have engulfed Baltimore, but thinks it's in the demonstrators' best interest to stay out of the streets.

The 48-year-old former West Los Angeles gang member said in an interview with The Huffington Post that after seeing numerous instances of police violence go unpunished, many may see fighting back as the only option.

Read the full story here.

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HuffPost's Simon McCormack reports:

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A protester approached by MSNBC's Thomas Roberts on Tuesday offered pointed criticism of the way his network and other media have covered unrest in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray this month.

After admitting that looting and rioting was not the best way to represent her community and its demands for answers, the protester asked Roberts a question of her own.

\"My question to you is, when we were out here protesting all last week for six days straight peacefully, there were no news cameras, there were no helicopters, there was no riot gear, and nobody heard us,\" she said. \"So now that we've burned down buildings and set businesses on fire and looted buildings, now all of the sudden everybody wants to hear us. Why does it take a catastrophe like this in order for America to hear our cry? I mean, enough is enough. We've had too many lives lost at the hands of police officers. Enough is enough.\"

Watch the rest of the interview below:

-- Nick Wing

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A protester approached by MSNBC's Thomas Roberts on Tuesday offered pointed criticism of the way his network and other media have covered unrest in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray this month.

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HuffPost's Julia Craven reports:

BALTIMORE -- A group of community members came together Tuesday to funnel positive energy into a very dismal neighborhood, a day after violent protests rocked Baltimore.

Dozens of people gathered at the intersection of W. North Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue -- an area that on Monday was marred by trash, burning vehicles and a torched CVS.

Instead of chaos, the intersection on Tuesday hosted a group of drummers, percussionists and marital artists. Jason Harris, a local artist, told The Huffington Post that several community groups came out to form a drum circle and perform capoeira “to put out some positive community energy in the place where violence occurred yesterday.”

Read the full story here.

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HuffPost's Julia Craven reports:

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HuffPost's Alexandra Svokos reports:

A vast majority of Baltimore's 85,000 public school students are eligible for free and reduced-priced meals, and the city's school closings Tuesday have left thousands of children without access to that food. Thankfully, volunteers and community organizers are working to meet their needs, providing safe spaces and free food for public school students throughout the city.

Volunteers have been using the term #BaltimoreLunch on Twitter to organize donations and food distribution with the help of the nonprofit organizing tool Operation Help or Hush. City officials announced Monday that Baltimore schools would be closed as a result of the rioting and unrest that has broken out in response to the death and subsequent funeral of Freddie Gray, a black man who died of a spinal injury that he sustained in police custody last week.

Read the full story here.

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HuffPost's Alexandra Svokos reports:

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) opened his weekly briefing by offering his sympathies to the people harmed in Baltimore's riots and calling for quick prosecutions.

\"I hope the investigation into illegal behavior will be be concluded soon and those who've engaged in criminal behavior will be promptly pursued and charged,\" McConnell said.

Although he could have been referring to the investigation into the killing of Freddie Gray, McConnell's spokesman said he meant the people who were committing the violence and arson seen in the city overnight.

-- Michael McAuliff

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) opened his weekly briefing by offering his sympathies to the people harmed in Baltimore's riots and calling for quick prosecutions.

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Several dozen Baltimore residents converged along Security Boulevard near where a riot, or \"purge,\" had been advertised via Instagram fliers Tuesday. Several children came with their families, including Mekai Hines, a 12-year-old who came with his mom and brother.

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\"I'm here because people have been talking about rioters coming to Security Mall, and I'm here with a prayer group and we're praying that people don't come up here and riot,\" Mekai said.

On the other side of the highway, a police helicopter landed in the closed Security Square Mall parking lot, where dozens of officers had gathered.

-- Arthur Delaney

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HuffPost's Cameron Keady reports:

Following the Monday funeral of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old black man who died in police custody last week, protesters clashed with police officers in violent riots throughout the city of Baltimore.

The city had experienced 144 vehicle fires, 15 structure fires and nearly 200 arrests, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency.

But out of the chaos has come a flurry of community outreach to put Baltimore back together. On Tuesday morning, residents came together to clean up areas damaged by the unrest. More than 2,500 people had joined a Baltimore cleanup effort Facebook event as of Tuesday afternoon, and the numbers continue to grow.

Read the full story here.

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HuffPost's Cameron Keady reports:

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HuffPost's Nick Wing and Sam Levine report:

Groups of protesters violently clashed with police in Baltimore on Monday, before looting businesses and setting fire to cars and structures. At least 15 officers were injured in these confrontations, according to police. By the end of the night, almost 200 people had been arrested. Protesters gathered hours after a funeral was held for Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old black man who died in police custody last week under circumstances that still have not been revealed.

While some people have sought to explain the sense of frustration and despair that could drive citizens of Baltimore to do this, few are actually condoning their specific actions as the best or most wise way to achieve progress. But as discussion about the riots continues over the next few days, it's necessary to keep the turmoil in perspective.

Read the full story here.

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HuffPost's Nick Wing and Sam Levine report:

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Security Square Mall just outside Baltimore in Woodlawn, Maryland, and some other businesses nearby closed Tuesday over fears of another riot such as the one that happened in West Baltimore the day before.

A half-dozen young people from Baltimore walked into the parking lot of a Weis Markets where contractors were putting plywood boards over the store's windows at 3 p.m. Devon Winfield, 23, told HuffPost he and his friends came to witness what might happen after seeing a flier on Instagram calling people to meet at the Security Square Mall at 3:30. Winfield said he and his friends had no intention to riot.

\"[We're here] not to be part of the group or anything, just to see what's happening,\" Winfield said, adding that he thought the protesters angry about Freddie Gray's death were right to be mad even if he disagreed with their violent methods.

A Weis spokeswoman said in an email that the store closed over fears of violence.

\"Weis Markets has been closely monitoring the situation in the Baltimore area. Out of an abundance of caution, we closed our store located in Woodlawn, Maryland at 12:00 p.m. today. As always, our priority is the safety of our customers and our associates.\"

-- Arthur Delaney

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Security Square Mall just outside Baltimore in Woodlawn, Maryland, and some other businesses nearby closed Tuesday over fears of another riot such as the one that happened in West Baltimore the day before.

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The Baltimore Orioles tweeted that Wednesday's game against the Chicago White Sox would be played Wednesday and be closed to the public:

Tomorrow’s game between the Orioles and the Chicago White Sox will begin at 2:05 p.m. ET and will be closed to the public.

— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) April 28, 2015

The Orioles also announced the postponed games from April 27 and 28 will be made up on May 28 as a double-header.

For more, go to the Orioles Twitter account.

-- Paige Lavender

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The Baltimore Orioles tweeted that Wednesday's game against the Chicago White Sox would be played Wednesday and be closed to the public:

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HuffPost's Alexander C. Kaufman reports:

Some of Baltimore’s biggest employers closed their offices on Tuesday, following the violence that erupted after the funeral of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died after suffering a spinal injury in police custody.

Johns Hopkins University, which employs more than 21,000 workers in the city, canceled all classes and events on Tuesday and asked all nonessential employees to stay home.

“This is out of an abundance of caution and uncertainty about what conditions will be like today,” Dennis O’Shea, a spokesman for the college, told The Huffington Post.

Read the full story here.

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HuffPost's Alexander C. Kaufman reports:

Some of Baltimore’s biggest employers closed their offices on Tuesday, following th...Read More"},{"id":"154","created":"04/28/2015 1:57 PM EDT","title":"Baltimore Gang Members Say They Never Formed Truce To Hurt Cops","tweet_link":"154_baltimore-gang-members-say-they-never-formed-truce-to-hurt-cops","entry_text":"

HuffPost's Christopher Mathias reports:

Rival Baltimore gang members came together Monday night to say that they never formed a truce to harm city police officers in revenge for the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who died last week after being injured in police custody.

“We want the people of Baltimore City to know that the image they are trying to portray of gangs in Baltimore -- the [Black Guerilla Family], the Bloods, the Crips -- we did not make that truce to harm cops,” a man who identified as a member of the Bloods gang told Baltimore’s NBC affiliate station WBAL 11.

Read the full story here.

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HuffPost's Christopher Mathias reports:

Rival Baltimore gang members came together Monday night to say that they ...Read More"},{"id":"152","created":"04/28/2015 1:35 PM EDT","title":"Baltimore Native Nancy Pelosi Weighs In","tweet_link":"152_baltimore-native-nancy-pelosi-weighs-in","entry_text":"

U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) is famous as a powerful Democrat from San Francisco, but she was born in Baltimore, where her father, Thomas D'Alesandro, was mayor -- an office one of her brothers also held.

She offered this statement Tuesday:

All of us who love justice and love Baltimore are deeply saddened by the death of Freddie Gray and the deep wounds that have been laid bare in the Baltimore community.

Gray’s death in police custody demands answers, and I am pleased that the Department of Justice has opened an investigation into what has happened. Once again, we are reminded of the need to rebuild trust between law enforcement and the communities they police.

Every person deserves respect before the law. Our thoughts are with the family and loved ones of Freddie Gray. We also pray for the swift recovery of the police officers injured in the line of duty. Violence cannot solve the problems before us. We must respect the great successful tradition of non-violence – and thousands of Baltimoreans are to be commended for demonstrating peacefully for the cause of justice.

-- Michael McAuliff

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U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) is famous as a powerful Democrat from San Francisco, but she was born in Baltimore, where her father, Thomas D'Alesandro, was mayor -- an office one of her brothers also held.

She offered this stat...Read More"},{"id":"150","created":"04/28/2015 1:17 PM EDT","title":"Obama On Baltimore: 'This Is Not New'","tweet_link":"150_obama-on-baltimore-this-is-not-new","entry_text":"

HuffPost's Mollie Reilly reports:

President Barack Obama on Tuesday addressed the eruption of protests and riots in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray, condemning the violent demonstrations while acknowledging that the underlying problems plaguing the city are \"not new\" and will require national \"soul-searching\" to solve.

During a press conference with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Obama was asked by NBC News' Chris Jansing about the growing frustration that not enough is being done in communities like Baltimore.

Obama said his thoughts were with Gray's family as well as the police injured in Monday's protests, and criticized the violent approach taken by some demonstrators.

Read the full story here.

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HuffPost's Mollie Reilly reports:

President Barack Obama on Tuesday addressed the eruption of protests and riots in Baltimore follo...Read More"},{"id":"148","created":"04/28/2015 12:46 PM EDT","title":"Senate Interrupts Iran Debate To Discuss Baltimore","tweet_link":"148_senate-interrupts-iran-debate-to-discuss-baltimore","entry_text":"

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), who lives in Baltimore, was tasked with leading the Democratic side of debate over a bill to approve President Barack Obama's nuclear deal with Iran. But he interrupted that chore Tuesday to talk about his strife-torn hometown, calling the violence \"heartbreaking.\" He also insisted it represents the actions of a few.

“What happened to Freddie Gray is something that needs to be fully investigated. We want justice. All of us want justice,\" Cardin said. \"Thousands of protesters were out on the streets in Baltimore exercising their First Amendment rights, expressing their frustration, and they did it in an orderly way, in the way that I think we would want to see people express their views about matters of importance, including justice for Freddie Gray.

\"There were a small number that decided to take to the streets in violence,\" he added. \"It was counterproductive to the message. The family of Freddie Gray urged yesterday, particularly the day of his funeral, to be a day without protests, but these individuals decided that they would take matters into their own hands, and what they did was hurt their community, hurt their neighborhood and hurt the city I love.”

Watch his speech:

-- Michael McAuliff

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Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), who lives in Baltimore, was tasked with leading the Democratic side of debate over a bill to approve President Barack Obama's nuclear deal with Iran. But he interrupted that chore Tuesday to talk about his strife-torn hometown,...Read More"},{"id":"146","created":"04/28/2015 11:47 AM EDT","title":"Maryland Governor Is Temporarily Moving His Office ","tweet_link":"146_maryland-governor-is-temporarily-moving-his-office-","entry_text":"

NBC Washington reports that Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, who usually works out of the state capital of Annapolis, is temporarily moving his office to Baltimore.

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NBC Washington reports that Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, who usually works out of...Read More"},{"id":"144","created":"04/28/2015 11:39 AM EDT","title":"Johns Hopkins Cancels Classes And Evening Events","tweet_link":"144_johns-hopkins-cancels-classes-and-evening-events","entry_text":"

@JohnsHopkins Baltimore City classes are now canceled for the whole day. Evening campus events also canceled. http://t.co/blFIDtvwbk

— Jillrosen (@Jillrosen) April 28, 2015

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@JohnsHopkins Baltimore City classes are now canceled for the whole day. Evening campus events also canceled. htt...Read More"},{"id":"142","created":"04/28/2015 11:29 AM EDT","title":"Tuesday's Orioles Game Postponed","tweet_link":"142_tuesdays-orioles-game-postponed","entry_text":"

After consultation with MLB & state & local officials, tonight’s game between the Orioles & the White Sox at Oriole Park has been postponed.

— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) April 28, 2015

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After consultation with MLB & state & local officials, tonight’s game between the Orioles & the White Sox at Oriole Park has been postponed.

— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) Read More"},{"id":"140","created":"04/28/2015 10:30 AM EDT","title":"Martin O'Malley Cuts Short Ireland Trip, Returns To Baltimore","tweet_link":"140_martin-omalley-cuts-short-ireland-trip-returns-to-baltimore","entry_text":"

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) has cancelled a series of scheduled appearances in Dublin, Ireland, to return to Baltimore. The potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, who served as mayor of Baltimore from 1999 to 2006, was in Dublin on Monday preparing to make paid speeches to top business executives, according to CNN. But by late Monday, his spokeswoman announced that he would return to Baltimore Tuesday morning.

--Marina Fang

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Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) has cancelled a series of scheduled appearances in Dublin, Ireland, to return to Baltimore. The potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, who served as mayor of Baltimore from 1999 to 2006, was in Dublin...Read More"},{"id":"138","created":"04/28/2015 10:07 AM EDT","title":"How The Baltimore Chaos Started After Freddie Gray's Funeral","tweet_link":"138_how-the-baltimore-chaos-started-after-freddie-grays-funeral","entry_text":"

HuffPost's Arthur Delaney and Julia Craven report:

By 3 p.m., dozens of teenagers had shown up [at the Mondawmin Mall]-- and dozens of police officers were waiting. One young woman picked up stones while officers fastened riot helmets. The officers and teenagers faced off across a narrow road off the mall's parking lot.

Soon the officers started yelling at the teenagers, instructing them to leave mall grounds. Their demands were met with chants of \"Fuck the police!\" and \"Don't shoot!\" The teens could be heard saying police had \"started\" things by killing Gray.

Once pushback from officers began to get intense, teenagers ran to a 7-Eleven on the other side of Reisterstown Road -- they were upset, but still relatively peaceful.

This was short-lived.

Read more here.

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HuffPost's Arthur Delaney and Julia Craven report:

By 3 p.m., dozens of teenagers had shown up [at the M...Read More"},{"id":"136","created":"04/28/2015 8:47 AM EDT","title":"Several Baltimoreans Seek Medical Treatment For Pepper Spray","tweet_link":"136_several-baltimoreans-seek-medical-treatment-for-pepper-spray","entry_text":"

Debra Schindler, a spokeswoman for MedStar Union Memorial Hospital in east Baltimore, told The Huffington Post that several individuals had sought treatment Monday evening for injuries related to pepper spray.

\"They included a protestor/rioter sprayed by cops because he was allegedly mugging someone; 1 was a woman who was sprayed by a rioter in the process of being mugged; 1 was a police officer who was hit by overspray,\" Schindler said.

-- Sam Levine

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Debra Schindler, a spokeswoman for MedStar Union Memorial Hospital in east Baltimore, told The Huffington Post that several individuals had sought treatment Monday evening for injuries related to pepper spray.

\"They included a protestor/rioter sp...Read More"},{"id":"132","created":"04/28/2015 8:39 AM EDT","title":"The Overnight Damage Tally","tweet_link":"132_the-overnight-damage-tally","entry_text":"

Fifteen structure fires, 144 vehicle fires, and nearly 200 arrests in Baltimore unrest, mayor's office says http://t.co/xUCPLRZx6Z

— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) April 28, 2015

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Fifteen structure fires, 144 vehicle fires, and nearly 200 arrests in Baltimore unrest, mayor's office says http://t.co/xUCPLRZx6Z

— The Boston Globe (@Bos...Read More"},{"id":"130","created":"04/28/2015 8:10 AM EDT","title":"Governor: Police From Around Maryland Will Assist In Baltimore","tweet_link":"130_governor-police-from-around-maryland-will-assist-in-baltimore","entry_text":"

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) briefed the media Tuesday morning after meeting with Baltimore police.

The Washington Post's Justin Jouvenal reports the governor said county police and state troopers from around the state will help National Guard troops in Baltimore.

BREAKING: Md. Gov. Hogan says he will do all he can to prevent violence in Baltimore today. Blames rioting on "roving gangs of thugs."

— justin jouvenal (@jjouvenal) April 28, 2015

-- Sara Bondioli

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) briefed the media Tuesday morning after meeting with Baltimore police.

The Washington Post's Justin Jouvenal reports the governor...Read More"},{"id":"128","created":"04/28/2015 8:00 AM EDT","title":"Volunteers Help With Cleanup","tweet_link":"128_volunteers-help-with-cleanup","entry_text":"

Justin Jouvenal of The Washington Post tweeted Tuesday morning that volunteers were on the streets in Baltimore to help clean up debris.

Large group of volunteers cleaning up that burnt out CVS in Baltimore pic.twitter.com/84BVzu7SWS

— justin jouvenal (@jjouvenal) April 28, 2015

Crystal Renshaw is picking up trash on W. North Ave. after Baltimore rioting: "I just want to help this city." pic.twitter.com/7SoVffFLOP

— justin jouvenal (@jjouvenal) April 28, 2015

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Justin Jouvenal of The Washington Post tweeted Tuesday morning that volunteers were on the streets in Baltimore to help clean up debris.

Larg...Read More"},{"id":"126","created":"04/28/2015 6:05 AM EDT","title":"City To Send Counselors To Area Schools","tweet_link":"126_city-to-send-counselors-to-area-schools","entry_text":"

Officials from the Baltimore City School District announced on Monday that crisis counselors and mental health professionals will be made available at schools throughout the city for \"as long as it is necessary.\"

\"At this time of tension and anxiety regarding the tragic events surrounding Mr. Freddie Gray, we have a heightened responsibility to our students, families, and school communities,\" said school district leaders.

For more, click here.

--Rebecca Klein

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Officials from the Baltimore City School District announced on Monday that crisis counselors and mental health professionals will be made ...Read More"},{"id":"124","created":"04/28/2015 5:07 AM EDT","title":"Signs Of Rioting In Baltimore","tweet_link":"124_signs-of-rioting-in-baltimore","entry_text":"

ATM ripped from wall at this Baltimore store on Pennsylvania Avenue. #baltimoreriot @nbcnewyork @nbcproducer

A photo posted by Marc Santia (@marcsantia4ny) on

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Read More"},{"id":"122","created":"04/28/2015 1:27 AM EDT","title":"Firefighters Reportedly Attacked In Baltimore","tweet_link":"122_firefighters-reportedly-attacked-in-baltimore","entry_text":"

We are receiving reports of criminals throwing cinder blocks at passing fire engines as they are responding to fires on Fulton Ave.

— Baltimore Police (@BaltimorePolice) April 28, 2015

Please allow members of the fire department to respond to their calls for service. We are still hearing reports of them being assaulted.

— Baltimore Police (@BaltimorePolice) April 28, 2015

We are deploying officers with the fire department to ensure fire fighting operations are not disrupted by people w/ no regard for life.

— Baltimore Police (@BaltimorePolice) April 28, 2015

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We are receiving reports of criminals throwing cinder blocks at passing fire engines as they are responding to fires on Fulton Ave.

— Baltimore Police (@BaltimorePolice) Read More"},{"id":"120","created":"04/28/2015 12:00 AM EDT","title":"Baltimore Police Commissioner: 'This Is Not Protesting'","tweet_link":"120_baltimore-police-commissioner-this-is-not-protesting","entry_text":"

Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said police had prepared for Monday's violence, but were outnumbered by agitators not involved in protesting.

\"This is not protesting,\" Batts said during a late-night news conference. \"This is not your First Amendment rights. This is criminal activity.\"

Batts reiterated a statement by police earlier in the day that Baltimore gangs were planning to kill police officers.

He said National Guard troops were on duty in the city.

-- Sam Levine

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Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said police had prepared for Monday's violence, but were outnumbered by agitators not involved in protesting.

\"This is not protesting,\" Batts said during a late-night news conference. \"This is not your ...Read More"},{"id":"118","created":"04/27/2015 11:32 PM EDT","title":"Freddie Gray's Family Renews Appeal For Peace","tweet_link":"118_freddie-grays-family-renews-appeal-for-peace","entry_text":"

Relatives of Freddie Gray said during a Monday night news conference that those engaged in violence in Baltimore were not honoring Gray, who died after suffering a spinal injury in police custody this month.

Freddy Gray mother says: I want ya'll to see justice for my son but don't tear up the the city. That's wrong."

— nixonron (@nixonron)
April 28, 2015

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Relatives of Freddie Gray said during a Monday night news conference that those engaged in violence in Baltimore were not honoring Gray, who died after suffering a spinal injury in police custody this month.

Read More"},{"id":"116","created":"04/27/2015 10:51 PM EDT","title":"Hillary Clinton: Death Of Freddie Gray 'Demands Answers'","tweet_link":"116_hillary-clinton-death-of-freddie-gray-demands-answers","entry_text":"

Presidential contender Hillary Clinton weighed in on the violent protests gripping Baltimore on her preferred form of social media Monday night -- Twitter.

\"Tonight I am praying for peace & safety for all in Baltimore, & for Freddie Gray's family - his death is a tragedy that demands answers,\" Clinton said, signing the message with \"-H.\"

-- Igor Bobic

Tweets by @HillaryClinton

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Presidential contender Hillary Clinton weighed in on the violent protests gripping Baltimore on her preferred form of social media Monday night -- Twitter.

\"Tonight I am praying for peace & safety for all in Baltimore, & for Freddie Gray's family...Read More"},{"id":"114","created":"04/27/2015 10:32 PM EDT","title":"Photos Of Looting, Destruction","tweet_link":"114_photos-of-looting-destruction","entry_text":"

\"baltimore

CAPTION:Sam Wirtz, an employee at the 7-11 at Centre and Charles Street, looks at the damage caused by vandals on Monday, April 27, 2015, in Baltimore. (Lloyd Fox/Baltimore Sun/TNS via Getty Images)

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CAPTION: Alvaro Roman, the brother of the owner of Ted's Music on Centre Street, looks at the damage caused by vandals on Monday, April 27, 2015, in Baltimore. (Lloyd Fox/Baltimore Sun/TNS via Getty Images)

\"baltimore

CAPTION: Looters empty the CVS at Pennsylvania and North Avenues during riots on Monday, April 27, 2015, in Baltimore. (Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun/TNS via Getty Images)

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CAPTION: Damage to stores along Centre Street in Baltimore after protesters clashed with police around the city on Monday, April 27, 2015. (Lloyd Fox/Baltimore Sun/TNS via Getty Images)

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\nCAPTION:Sam Wirtz, an employee at the 7-11 at Centre and Charles Street, looks at the damage caused by vandals on Monday, April 27, 2015, in Baltimore. (Lloyd Fox/Baltimore Sun/TNS via Getty Images)


\nCAPTION: Alvaro Roman, the brothe...Read More"},{"id":"112","created":"04/27/2015 10:31 PM EDT","title":"Map Of Riots Across Baltimore","tweet_link":"112_map-of-riots-across-baltimore","entry_text":"

The Baltimore Sun mapped much of the violence and looting that took place across western Baltimore on Monday, following the funeral of Freddie Gray.

\"baltimore

-- Igor Bobic

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The Baltimore Sun mapped much of the violence and looting that took place across western Baltimore on Monday, following the funera...Read More"},{"id":"110","created":"04/27/2015 9:49 PM EDT","title":"Baltimore Fire Photos","tweet_link":"110_baltimore-fire-photos","entry_text":"

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\"fire

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CAPTION: Firefighters battle a blaze, Monday, April 27, 2015, after rioters plunged part of Baltimore into chaos, torching a pharmacy, setting police cars ablaze and throwing bricks at officers. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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CAPTION: An officer stands near a blaze, Monday, April 27, 2015, after rioters plunged part of Baltimore into chaos, torching a pharmacy, setting police cars ablaze and throwing bricks at officers. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

\"baltimore

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CAPTION: WASHINGTON, USA - APRIL 27: Fire Fighter attempt to put out a building that was set on fire during riots in Baltimore, USA on April 27, 2015. Protests following the death of Freddie Gray from injuries suffered while in police custody have turned violent with people throwing debris at police and media and burning cars and businesses. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

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\nCAPTION: Firefighters battle a blaze, Monday, April 27, 2015, after rioters plunged part of Baltimore into chaos, torching a pharmacy, setting police cars ablaze and throwing bricks at officers. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)


\nC...Read More"},{"id":"108","created":"04/27/2015 9:42 PM EDT","title":"Official: Senior Center Fire Unrelated To Riots","tweet_link":"108_official-senior-center-fire-unrelated-to-riots","entry_text":"

A fire at a Baltimore senior center is unrelated to the violence following Freddie Gray's funeral, Fire Department spokesman Samuel Johnson told The Washington Post:

Johnson said that the fire, which was first reported at 8:49 p.m., appeared to be related to nearby construction. He did not know what started the fire.

The building was unoccupied when it caught fire, he said.

Johnson said that 94 firefighters were on the scene as of about 9:25 p.m.

-- Mollie Reilly

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A fire at a Baltimore senior center is unrelated to the violence following Freddie Gray's funeral, Fire Department spokesman Samu...Read More"},{"id":"106","created":"04/27/2015 9:40 PM EDT","title":"Baltimore City Closes Schools Tuesday","tweet_link":"106_baltimore-city-closes-schools-tuesday","entry_text":"

Baltimore City Public Schools will be closed tomorrow because of unrest, spokeswoman says. #FreddieGray

— Ashley Southall (@assouthall) April 28, 2015

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Baltimore City Public Schools will be closed tomorrow because of unrest, spokeswoman says. #FreddieGray

— Ashley South...Read More"},{"id":"104","created":"04/27/2015 9:31 PM EDT","title":"Burning Building 'Hurts My Heart'","tweet_link":"104_burning-building-hurts-my-heart","entry_text":"

The Rev. Donte Hickman, pastor of Southern Baptist Church, said the burning building was to be 60-unit affordable housing for seniors.

\"It hurts my heart,\" he said, according to journalist Jon Swaine of The Guardian.

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The Rev. Donte Hickman, pastor of Southern Baptist Church, said the burning building was to be 60-unit affordable housing for seniors.

\"It hurts my heart,\" he said, according to journalist Read More"},{"id":"102","created":"04/27/2015 9:17 PM EDT","title":"WATCH: Baltimore Mayor Decries 'Thugs'","tweet_link":"102_watch-baltimore-mayor-decries-thugs","entry_text":"

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Read More"},{"id":"98","created":"04/27/2015 9:15 PM EDT","title":"Baltimore Sun Reporter Tweets Photos Of Church On Fire","tweet_link":"98_baltimore-sun-reporter-tweets-photos-of-church-on-fire","entry_text":"

A new senior center on N Chester is engulfed pic.twitter.com/ra9rDjo821

— Mark Puente (@MarkPuente) April 28, 2015

Baltimore Fire Fighters getting ready to fight inferno. Residents angry that some one did this. Lots of emotion pic.twitter.com/EQLLMWd28O

— Mark Puente (@MarkPuente) April 28, 2015

Church bus is also on fire

— Mark Puente (@MarkPuente) April 28, 2015

FF attacking fire . Lots of raw emotion from worshippers, pic.twitter.com/FsRFS8h9xA

— Mark Puente (@MarkPuente) April 28, 2015

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A new senior center on N Chester is engulfed pic.twitter.com/ra9rDjo821

— Mark Puente (@MarkPuente) Read More"},{"id":"96","created":"04/27/2015 9:14 PM EDT","title":"Injured Officer Carried To Safety","tweet_link":"96_injured-officer-carried-to-safety","entry_text":"

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An injured police officer is carried away by his fellow officers on Westbury Avenue in Baltimore during riots on Monday. (Erica Green/Baltimore Sun/TNS via Getty Images)

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\nAn injured police officer is carried away by his fellow officers on Westbury Avenue in Baltimore during riots on Monday. (Erica Green/Baltimore Sun/TNS via Getty Images)
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Attorney General Loretta Lynch released the following statement:

“I condemn the senseless acts of violence by some individuals in Baltimore that have resulted in harm to law enforcement officers, destruction of property and a shattering of the peace in the city of Baltimore. Those who commit violent actions, ostensibly in protest of the death of Freddie Gray, do a disservice to his family, to his loved ones, and to legitimate peaceful protestors who are working to improve their community for all its residents.

“The Department of Justice stands ready to provide any assistance that might be helpful. The Civil Rights Division and the FBI have an ongoing, independent criminal civil rights investigation into the tragic death of Mr. Gray. We will continue our careful and deliberate examination of the facts in the coming days and weeks. The department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services has also been fully engaged in a collaborative review of the Baltimore City Police Department. The department’s Community Relations Service has already been on the ground, and they are sending additional resources as they continue to work with all parties to reduce tensions and promote the safety of the community. And in the coming days, Vanita Gupta, head of the Civil Rights Division, and Ronald Davis, Director of Community Oriented Policing Services, will be traveling to Baltimore to meet with faith and community leaders, as well as city officials.

“As our investigative process continues, I strongly urge every member of the Baltimore community to adhere to the principles of nonviolence. In the days ahead, I intend to work with leaders throughout Baltimore to ensure that we can protect the security and civil rights of all residents. And I will bring the full resources of the Department of Justice to bear in protecting those under threat, investigating wrongdoing, and securing an end to violence.”

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Attorney General Loretta Lynch released the following statement:
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“I condemn the senseless acts of violence by some individuals in Baltimore that have resulted in harm to law enforcement officers, destruction of property and ...Read More"},{"id":"92","created":"04/27/2015 9:07 PM EDT","title":"National Guard: 'This Is NOT Martial Law'","tweet_link":"92_national-guard-this-is-not-martial-law","entry_text":"

National Guard Maj. Gen. Linda Singh said during a press conference that a \"full complement\" of 5,000 troops will be available to patrol the streets of Baltimore. Singh noted that the \"massive force\" isn't a declaration of martial law, which would mean that the military took complete control of the city.

\"We urge people to take cover for the night, and get some sleep and rest and let things settle down so we can restore order to the city,\" she said. \"This is not martial law.\"

-- Andy Campbell

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National Guard Maj. Gen. Linda Singh said during a press conference that a \"full complement\" of 5,000 troops will be available to patrol the streets of Baltimore. Singh noted that the \"massive force\" isn't a declaration of martial law, which would mean...Read More"},{"id":"90","created":"04/27/2015 9:04 PM EDT","title":"Maryland Governor: Violent Acts 'Cannot And Will Not Be Tolerated'","tweet_link":"90_maryland-governor-violent-acts-cannot-and-will-not-be-tolerated","entry_text":"

Maryland Gov. Mike Hogan (R) spoke Monday night after declaring a state of emergency, saying it was necessary to deploy the National Guard in Baltimore.

“Look, people have the right to protest and express their frustration,\" Hogan said. \"But Baltimore city families deserve peace and safety in their communities. These acts… cannot and will not be tolerated.\"

Hogan noted he spoke with President Barack Obama Monday evening about the protests.

-- Paige Lavender

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Maryland Gov. Mike Hogan (R) spoke Monday night after declaring a state of emergency, saying it was necessary to deploy the National Guard in Baltimore.

“Look, people have the right to protest and express their frustration,\" Hogan said. \"But Ba...Read More"},{"id":"88","created":"04/27/2015 8:12 PM EDT","title":"Mikulski: 'Violence Is Unacceptable No Matter Who Does It'","tweet_link":"88_mikulski-violence-is-unacceptable-no-matter-who-does-it","entry_text":"

Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) issued a statement Monday on violent demonstrations that followed Freddie Gray's funeral.

\"Violence is unacceptable no matter who does it,\" she said. \"Vandalism is unacceptable no matter who does it.\"

Mikulski, a Baltimore native, also called for a federal investigation into Gray's death.

\"I've offered our support to our Mayor. I've asked the Justice Department for an independent investigation that will utilize the forensic capability of the federal government to determine the cause of Freddie Gray's death.\"

She continued: \"It's time for calm. It's time for the kids to go home. It's time to remember the vast majority of Baltimore's citizens are law abiding.\"

-- Mollie Reilly

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Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) issued a statement Monday on violent demonstrations that followed Freddie Gray's funeral.

\"Violence is unacceptable no matter who does it,\" she said. \"Vandalism is unacceptable no matter who does it.\"

Mikulski...Read More"},{"id":"86","created":"04/27/2015 8:11 PM EDT","title":"Baltimore Mayor Deplores 'Thugs'","tweet_link":"86_baltimore-mayor-deplores-thugs","entry_text":"

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said a weeklong curfew will be \"extended as necessary.\" The emergency measure adds to an existing curfew for children 14 and younger, starting at 9 p.m. nightly.

\"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.

\"I'm a life-long resident of Baltimore. Too many generations have spent their lives building up this city to have it destroyed by thugs, who in a very senseless way are trying to tear down what so many have fought for.\"

-- Andy Campbell

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Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said a weeklong curfew will be \"extended as necessary.\" The emergency measure adds to an existing curfew for children 14 and younger, starting at 9 p.m. nightly.

\"What we see tonight ... is very disturbing...Read More"},{"id":"84","created":"04/27/2015 8:09 PM EDT","title":"Baltimore Imposes Curfew","tweet_link":"84_baltimore-imposes-curfew","entry_text":"

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced during a press conference on Monday evening that the city would impose a curfew from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. for one week.

-- Samuel Levine

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Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced during a press conference on Monday evening that the city would impose a curfew from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. for one week.

-- Samuel Levine

"},{"id":"82","created":"04/27/2015 8:03 PM EDT","title":"TV Cameraman Reportedly Attacked By Protesters ","tweet_link":"82_tv-cameraman-reportedly-attacked-by-protesters-","entry_text":"

A CCTV America cameraman covering the unrest in Baltimore was robbed and attacked by protesters, the network's Jim Spellman reported. Spellman posted a brutal image of the journalist's injuries to Twitter:

Our @CCTV_America cameraman was just attacked by protestors and his camera stolen. #FreddyGray pic.twitter.com/STR6e9LowT

— jim spellman (@jimspellmanTV) April 27, 2015

CCTV -- China Central Television -- is China's predominant state-run broadcaster.

-- Alana Horowitz

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A CCTV America cameraman covering the unrest in Baltimore was robbed and attacked by protesters, the network's Jim Spellman reported. Spellman posted a brutal image of the journalist's injuries to Twitter:

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Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), a likely presidential contender, issued a statement Monday urging the City of Baltimore to \"come together\" in the face of violent protests following the funeral of Freddie Gray.

\"I'm saddened that the City I love is in such pain this night. All of us share a profound feeling of grief for Freddie Gray and his family,\" said O'Malley, who previously served as mayor of Baltimore.

\"We must come together as one City to transform this moment of loss and pain into a safer and more just future for all of Baltimore's people,\" he added.

-- Igor Bobic

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Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), a likely presidential contender, issued a statement Monday urging the City of Baltimore to \"come together\" in the face of violent protests following the funeral of Freddie Gray.

\"I'm saddened that the Cit...Read More"},{"id":"78","created":"04/27/2015 7:28 PM EDT","title":"Baltimore Fire Crews Attack Store Blaze","tweet_link":"78_baltimore-fire-crews-attack-store-blaze","entry_text":"

\"fire

Firefighters prepare to put out a fire at a store, Monday, April 27, 2015, during unrest following the funeral of Freddie Gray in Baltimore. Gray died from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a Baltimore Police Department van. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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\nFirefighters prepare to put out a fire at a store, Monday, April 27, 2015, during unrest following the funeral of Freddie Gray in Baltimore. Gray died from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a Baltimore Police ...Read More"},{"id":"76","created":"04/27/2015 7:26 PM EDT","title":"Chaos In Downtown Baltimore","tweet_link":"76_chaos-in-downtown-baltimore","entry_text":"

About a mile from the Mondawmin mall, chaos enveloped the area around West North and Pennsylvania avenues, where the flaming wreckage of several vehicles and a burning CVS drugstore filled the air with smoke.

Riot police held their lines as protestors continued to throw rocks and bottles.

Looters walked out of the CVS with armfuls of stuff merchandise before the smoke got too intense and firefighters arrived. HuffPost also saw looters ransacking a corner store.

Crowds of people lined the sidewalks, some drinking.

-- Arthur Delaney

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About a mile from the Mondawmin mall, chaos enveloped the area around West North and Pennsylvania avenues, where the flaming wreckage of several vehicles and a burning CVS drugstore filled the air with smoke.

Riot police held their lines as prot...Read More"},{"id":"74","created":"04/27/2015 7:15 PM EDT","title":"Congressional Black Caucus Chairman: 'Violence Does Not Lead To Justice'","tweet_link":"74_congressional-black-caucus-chairman-violence-does-not-lead-to-justice","entry_text":"

Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.), chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, said in a statement Monday that he understands the anger over Freddie Gray's death, but that violence does nothing to ensure that justice is served.

\"Members of the Congressional Black Caucus offer our deepest sympathies to the family of Freddie Gray and the Baltimore community during this difficult time. We call for peaceful protests so that additional lives are not lost. We understand people are angry and that the community is upset, but violence only distracts us from the justice we seek. Violence does not lead to justice.

“The Department of Justice has opened an investigation into the cause of Mr. Gray’s death and the CBC supports that investigation. We all play a critical role in helping restore trust in law enforcement and our justice system. The CBC will continue to work with federal, state and local governments to ensure this system is fair and impartial. African Americans deserve to be treated equally before the law.”

-- Jennifer Bendery

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Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.), chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, said in a statement Monday that he understands the anger over Freddie Gray's death, but that violence does nothing to ensure that justice is served.

\"Members ...Read More"},{"id":"72","created":"04/27/2015 7:12 PM EDT","title":"Maryland Governor Activates National Guard","tweet_link":"72_maryland-governor-activates-national-guard","entry_text":"

BREAKING: Maryland governor declares state of emergency, activates National Guard to help with riot.

— The Associated Press (@AP) April 27, 2015

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BREAKING: Maryland governor declares state of emergency, activates National Guard to help with riot.

— The Associated Press (@AP) April 2...Read More"},{"id":"70","created":"04/27/2015 7:11 PM EDT","title":"Baltimore Congressman: 'I Did Not Think It Would Come To This'","tweet_link":"70_baltimore-congressman-i-did-not-think-it-would-come-to-this","entry_text":"

Hours after speaking at Freddie Gray's memorial service, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) was standing on the street trying to make sense of the violence and destruction that came in response to the tragedy.

\"I think people are just very, very upset,\" Cummings said on CNN. \"They are upset, certainly, about Mr. Gray's death.\"

Cummings, who represents Baltimore in Congress, said people are looking for \"a lot of answers\" on why Gray died in police custody.

\"Mr. Gray was arrested without force or without incident,\" he said. \"Then the public finding out he had a broken neck, a crushed larynx and a splintered spinal cord, and then he died a week later. That really kind of upset people.\"

Cummings said he wasn't sure who was behind the rioting. Some may be people genuinely angry about Gray's death, he said, and others may be people trying to take advantage of \"what has become a kind of chaotic situation the police are trying to keep under control.\"

He gave credit to the police for using restraint against protesters, even as people threw glass bottles and rocks at them. He said he thinks the police are \"slowly but surely\" getting control of the situation as nightfall approaches, when the situation could significantly worsen.

White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett called Cummings earlier Monday and told him the president will help however he can. She also promised that the Justice Department will be looking into the Baltimore police department's handling of Gray.

\"It's very unfortunate,\" Cummings said, looking around the street. \"I did not think it would come to this.\"

-- Jennifer Bendery

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Hours after speaking at Freddie Gray's memorial service, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) was standing on the street trying to make sense of the violence and destruction that came in response to the tragedy.
\n
\n\"I think people are just very, ver...Read More"},{"id":"68","created":"04/27/2015 7:08 PM EDT","title":"Baltimore Protesters Slash Fire Department Hose, Police Say","tweet_link":"68_baltimore-protesters-slash-fire-department-hose-police-say","entry_text":"

Protesters cut a fire hose that the Baltimore City Fire Department was trying to use for firefighting, police said.

CNN captured footage of the apparent incident. Here's video, courtesy of BuzzFeed's Michael Rusch:

.@CNN live coverage shows a person using what appears to be a knife to cut FD water line near CVS in Baltimore pic.twitter.com/J5Fu0dUjeG

— Michael Rusch (@weeddude) April 27, 2015

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Protesters cut a fire hose that the Baltimore City Fire Department was trying to use for firefighting, police said.

CNN Read More"},{"id":"66","created":"04/27/2015 7:06 PM EDT","title":"Baltimore CVS Burns In Riot","tweet_link":"66_baltimore-cvs-burns-in-riot","entry_text":"

\"baltimore

Smoke billows from a CVS Pharmacy store in Baltimore on Monday. Demonstrators clashed with police after the funeral of Freddie Gray. Gray died from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a Baltimore Police Department van. (AP Photo/Juliet Linderman)

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\nSmoke billows from a CVS Pharmacy store in Baltimore on Monday. Demonstrators clashed with police after the funeral of Freddie Gray. Gray died from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a Baltimore Police Departm...Read More"},{"id":"64","created":"04/27/2015 6:51 PM EDT","title":"Baltimore Cop Pelts Protesters","tweet_link":"64_baltimore-cop-pelts-protesters","entry_text":"

\"protests

A police officer throws an object at protestors, Monday, following the funeral of Freddie Gray in Baltimore. Gray died from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a Baltimore Police Department van. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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\nA police officer throws an object at protestors, Monday, following the funeral of Freddie Gray in Baltimore. Gray died from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a Baltimore Police Department van. (AP Photo/Patric...Read More"},{"id":"62","created":"04/27/2015 6:48 PM EDT","title":"'The Wire' And 'Selma' Star Wendell Pierce Calls Out Rioters","tweet_link":"62_the-wire-and-selma-star-wendell-pierce-calls-out-rioters","entry_text":"

Wendell Pierce, who appeared in both the movie \"Selma\" and the Baltimore-based HBO series \"The Wire,\" tweeted at the city Monday:

Baltimore. These are not protestors. These are criminals disrespectful of the wishes of the family and people of good will.

— Wendell Pierce (@WendellPierce)
April 27, 2015

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Wendell Pierce, who appeared in both the movie \"Selma\" and the Baltimore-based HBO series \"The Wire,\" tweeted at the city Monday:

Baltimore. These are not protestors. These are criminals disrespectful o...Read More"},{"id":"60","created":"04/27/2015 6:48 PM EDT","title":"Orioles Game Postponed Amid Unrest","tweet_link":"60_orioles-game-postponed-amid-unrest","entry_text":"

\"camden

Baltimore police officers stand guard outside of Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Monday, in Baltimore. The baseball game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago White Sox has been postponed. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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\nBaltimore police officers stand guard outside of Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Monday, in Baltimore. The baseball game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago White Sox has been postponed. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
\n

"},{"id":"58","created":"04/27/2015 6:37 PM EDT","title":"David Simon: Baltimore Violence 'Needs To Cease'","tweet_link":"58_david-simon-baltimore-violence-needs-to-cease","entry_text":"

David Simon, creator of the Baltimore-centric HBO series \"The Wire,\" addressed Monday's clashes and urged an end to the violence in a blog post:

Yes, there is a lot to be argued, debated, addressed. And this moment, as inevitable as it has sometimes seemed, can still, in the end, prove transformational, if not redemptive for our city. Changes are necessary and voices need to be heard. All of that is

true and all of that is still possible, despite what is now loose in the streets.

But now — in this moment — the anger and the selfishness and the brutality of those claiming the right to violence in Freddie Gray’s name needs to cease. There was real power and potential in the

peaceful protests that spoke in Mr. Gray’s name initially, and there was real unity at his homegoing today. But this, now, in the streets, is an affront to that man’s memory and a dimunition of the absolute moral lesson that underlies his unnecessary death.

Read Simon's full post here.

","short_text":"

David Simon, creator of the Baltimore-centric HBO series \"The Wire,\" addressed Monday's clashes and urged an end to the violence in a blog post:

Yes, there is a lot to be...Read More"},{"id":"56","created":"04/27/2015 6:35 PM EDT","title":"Gray's Family In 'Shock,' Calls For Peace Amid Violent Clash","tweet_link":"56_grays-family-in-shock-calls-for-peace-amid-violent-clash","entry_text":"

BREAKING: Attorney: Freddie Gray's family 'in shock' watching Baltimore violence, urges calm.

— The Associated Press (@AP) April 27, 2015

","short_text":"

BREAKING: Attorney: Freddie Gray's family 'in shock' watching Baltimore violence, urges calm.

— The Associated Press (@AP) Ap...Read More"},{"id":"54","created":"04/27/2015 6:33 PM EDT","title":"Looted CVS Now On Fire","tweet_link":"54_looted-cvs-now-on-fire","entry_text":"

A CVS that was looted earlier Monday is now on fire.

CVS burning. No fire dept pic.twitter.com/AwJk5roXkK

— Arthur Delaney (@ArthurDelaneyHP) April 27, 2015

","short_text":"

A CVS that was looted earlier Monday is now on fire.

CVS burning. No fire dept pic.twitter.com/AwJk5roXkK

— Arthur Delaney (@ArthurDelaneyHP) Read More"},{"id":"52","created":"04/27/2015 6:30 PM EDT","title":"Unrest Continues In Baltimore","tweet_link":"52_unrest-continues-in-baltimore","entry_text":"

Rocks are still being thrown in some areas, and the remains of charred and looted vehicles are on the streets.

People still throwing rocks at cops. Stuff is on fire at Pennsylvania and W North. pic.twitter.com/S7sH2MmblI

— Arthur Delaney (@ArthurDelaneyHP) April 27, 2015

pic.twitter.com/JoUcnay5Vs

— Arthur Delaney (@ArthurDelaneyHP) April 27, 2015

pic.twitter.com/hJmCxRUTuT

— Arthur Delaney (@ArthurDelaneyHP) April 27, 2015

","short_text":"

Rocks are still being thrown in some areas, and the remains of charred and looted vehicles are on the streets.

People still throwing rocks at cops. Stuff is on fire at Pennsylvania and W North. Read More"},{"id":"50","created":"04/27/2015 6:26 PM EDT","title":"Orioles Postpone Game Amid Protests","tweet_link":"50_orioles-postpone-game-amid-protests","entry_text":"

The Orioles have decided to postpone Monday night's scheduled game against the Chicago White Sox:

After consultation with Baltimore City Police Department, tonight’s game between the Orioles & White Sox at Oriole Park has been postponed.

— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) April 27, 2015

An announcement regarding a make-up date will be made asap. Fans are encouraged to keep their tickets & parking until more info is available

— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) April 27, 2015

","short_text":"

The Orioles have decided to postpone Monday night's scheduled game against the Chicago White Sox:

After consultation with Baltimore City Police Department, tonight’s game between the Orioles & Whi...Read More"},{"id":"48","created":"04/27/2015 6:25 PM EDT","title":"Obama Briefed On Situation","tweet_link":"48_obama-briefed-on-situation","entry_text":"

President Barack Obama has been briefed on the situation in Baltimore, the White House said in a readout of his meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who was sworn into office just this morning. Below is the full statement.

Following her swearing-in this afternoon, President Obama met with Attorney General Loretta Lynch at the White House to welcome her to the team and reiterate that he looks forward to her leadership at the Department of Justice. The Attorney General thanked the President then updated him on several issues, including the events occurring in Baltimore, Maryland following the death of Freddie Gray, which the Department of Justice is currently investigating. Attorney General Lynch assured the President that she would continue to monitor events in Baltimore and that the Department of Justice stands ready to provide any assistance that might be helpful there.

Earlier today, the President also spoke with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake about the ongoing situation in Baltimore. The Mayor updated the President on efforts to address the demonstrations and maintain peace throughout the city. The President highlighted the Administration’s commitment to provide assistance as needed and will continue to receive updates on the situation from Attorney General Lynch and White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett. Jarrett also spoke with Maryland Governor Larry Hogan today.

-- Sam Stein

","short_text":"

President Barack Obama has been briefed on the situation in Baltimore, the White House said in a readout of his meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who was sworn into office just this morning. Below is the full statement.

Fo...Read More"},{"id":"46","created":"04/27/2015 6:20 PM EDT","title":"Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan: 'Violence Will Not Be Tolerated'","tweet_link":"46_maryland-gov-larry-hogan-violence-will-not-be-tolerated","entry_text":"

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) released a statement on the unrest in Baltimore, condemning those who engaged in violence and saying that it betrayed those who were seeking justice following the death of Freddie Gray.

The governor also put the National Guard on alert.

Gov. @LarryHogan put the National Guard on alert, releases statement. pic.twitter.com/b5O5r44sky

— Erin Cox (@ErinatTheSun) April 27, 2015

","short_text":"

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) released a statement on the unrest in Baltimore, condemning those who engaged in violence and saying that it betrayed those who were seeking justice following the death of Freddie Gray.

The governor also put the Nati...Read More"},{"id":"44","created":"04/27/2015 6:19 PM EDT","title":"Police, Protesters Clash In Baltimore Streets","tweet_link":"44_police-protesters-clash-in-baltimore-streets","entry_text":"

Erica L. Green, a reporter for the Baltimore Sun, tweeted a video of police and protesters clashing in a Baltimore neighborhood:

All out war between kids and police pic.twitter.com/19y4YJ2Y5X

— Erica L. Green (@EricaLG) April 27, 2015

","short_text":"

Erica L. Green, a reporter for the Baltimore Sun, tweeted a video of police and protesters clashing in a Baltimore neighborhood:

All out war between kids and police pic....Read More"},{"id":"42","created":"04/27/2015 6:17 PM EDT","title":"Protesters Pelt Passing Police Cars","tweet_link":"42_protesters-pelt-passing-police-cars","entry_text":"

Video taken by reporter Justin Fenton of the Baltimore Sun shows a group of protesters throwing debris at police cars as they speed by.

pic.twitter.com/BMs5Fv7vQj

— Justin Fenton (@justin_fenton) April 27, 2015

Fenton reported that one of the vehicles briefly lost control, before regaining it.

A whole convoy just raced through, like 15 vehicles. All pelted. An unmarked car lost control, fishtailed, but was able to gain control

— Justin Fenton (@justin_fenton) April 27, 2015

-- Nick Wing

","short_text":"

Video taken by reporter Justin Fenton of the Baltimore Sun shows a group of protesters throwing debris at police cars as they speed by.

pic.twitter.com/BMs5Fv7vQjRead More"},{"id":"40","created":"04/27/2015 6:16 PM EDT","title":"Orioles Game Still On For Monday Night","tweet_link":"40_orioles-game-still-on-for-monday-night","entry_text":"

The Baltimore Orioles are still scheduled to play at 7:05 p.m. EDT Monday night against the Chicago White Sox at Camden Yards, according to Eduardo A. Encina, the Orioles beat writer for the Baltimore Sun.

According to Encina, officers in riot gear are guarding the stadium's gates, but fans are being allowed to enter through Gate H and the Home Plate Plaza.

Monday's initial violence happened about 4 miles from the stadium, he reported.

The scene outside Gate H of Camden Yards. Fans are being allowed in as officers in riot gear stand guard. #orioles pic.twitter.com/eXtBO8aMkh

— Eduardo A. Encina (@EddieInTheYard) April 27, 2015

-- Sara Bondioli

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The Baltimore Orioles are still scheduled to playRead More"},{"id":"38","created":"04/27/2015 6:05 PM EDT","title":"Baltimore Police Department Releases Statement ","tweet_link":"38_baltimore-police-department-releases-statement-","entry_text":"

The police department released a statement about Monday's events:

Here's the statement from the @BaltimorePolice on the #BaltimoreRiots: http://t.co/8TO1E6SeLb #FreddieGray pic.twitter.com/L0tDwhmQjY

— Polly Mosendz (@polly) April 27, 2015

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The police department released a statement about Monday's events:

Here's the statement from the @BaltimorePolice on the Read More"},{"id":"36","created":"04/27/2015 5:59 PM EDT","title":"Baltimore Police Department Holds Press Conference","tweet_link":"36_baltimore-police-department-holds-press-conference","entry_text":"

An official from the Baltimore Police Department addressed members of the media and their concerns following the initial clash:

","short_text":"

An official from the Baltimore Police Department addressed members of the media and their concerns following the initial clash:

"},{"id":"34","created":"04/27/2015 5:37 PM EDT","title":"Baltimore Police Department Calls For Students To Return Home","tweet_link":"34_baltimore-police-department-calls-for-students-to-return-home","entry_text":"

The official Twitter account for Baltimore Police released tweets calling for parents to bring their children home:

Several juveniles are part of these aggressive groups. WE ARE ASKING ALL PARENTS TO LOCATE THEIR CHILDREN AND BRING THEM HOME.

— Baltimore Police (@BaltimorePolice)
April 27, 2015

","short_text":"

The official Twitter account for Baltimore Police released tweets calling for parents to bring their children home:

Several juveniles are part of these aggressive groups. WE ARE ASKING ALL PARENTS TO L...Read More"},{"id":"32","created":"04/27/2015 5:36 PM EDT","title":"Baltimore Cop 'Unresponsive' As Rioting Breaks Out","tweet_link":"32_baltimore-cop-unresponsive-as-rioting-breaks-out","entry_text":"

HuffPost's Ryan J. Reilly reports:

Baltimore protesters hurled rocks and bricks at police officers in riot gear Monday, injuring seven, on the day of the funeral for Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old who died after being injured in police custody. The demonstrators also smashed police cars and looted stores.

\"We will find the people that are responsible, and we will put them in jail,\" said Baltimore police Capt. Eric Kowalczyk. \"They have broken bones, one of them is unresponsive. This is not okay.\"

Read more here.

","short_text":"

HuffPost's Ryan J. Reilly reports:

Baltimore protesters hurled rocks and bricks at police officers in riot g...Read More"},{"id":"30","created":"04/27/2015 5:34 PM EDT","title":"Protesters No Longer Throwing Rocks Around Mall","tweet_link":"30_protesters-no-longer-throwing-rocks-around-mall","entry_text":"

Around the Mondawmin Mall, protesters have stopped throwing rocks and bricks, and the scene is relatively calm. However, lines of police are still blocking off the streets.

-- Julia Craven & Arthur Delaney

","short_text":"

Around the Mondawmin Mall, protesters have stopped throwing rocks and bricks, and the scene is relatively calm. However, lines of police are still blocking off the streets.

-- Julia Craven & Arthur Delaney

"},{"id":"28","created":"04/27/2015 5:19 PM EDT","title":"Protesters Loot A CVS","tweet_link":"28_protesters-loot-a-cvs","entry_text":"

CVS is being looted pic.twitter.com/BCiL7CmDRw

— Baltimore BLOC (@BmoreBloc) April 27, 2015

","short_text":"

CVS is being looted pic.twitter.com/BCiL7CmDRw

— Baltimore BLOC (@BmoreBloc) A...Read More"},{"id":"26","created":"04/27/2015 5:18 PM EDT","title":"CNN Journalist 'Attacked And Injured'","tweet_link":"26_cnn-journalist-attacked-and-injured","entry_text":"

A @CNN Washington DC based video journalist was attacked and injured in the Baltimore riots and transported by an ambulance.

— Nick Valencia (@CNNValencia) April 27, 2015

","short_text":"

A @CNN Washington DC based video journalist was attacked and injured in the Baltimore riots and transported by an ambulance.

— Nick Valencia (@CNNValencia) Read More"},{"id":"24","created":"04/27/2015 5:05 PM EDT","title":"Protests Disrupt Evening Commute ","tweet_link":"24_protests-disrupt-evening-commute-","entry_text":"

NBC Washington reports the Mondawmin, Upton and Penn North Metro stations in Baltimore are closed because of the protests. A reporter for NBC4 reports Baltimore police are urging motorists to avoid the areas around North Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue at this time.

--Paige Lavender

","short_text":"

NBC Washington reports the Mondawmin, Upton and Penn North Metro stations in Baltimore are closed because of the protests. A reporter for NBC4 Read More"},{"id":"22","created":"04/27/2015 5:04 PM EDT","title":"Field Trips To Baltimore Canceled","tweet_link":"22_field-trips-to-baltimore-canceled","entry_text":"

Counties around Baltimore are canceling field trips to the city through the rest of the week.

— Kevin Rector (@RectorSun) April 27, 2015

","short_text":"

Counties around Baltimore are canceling field trips to the city through the rest of the week.

— Kevin Rector (@RectorSun) April 27...Read More"}]

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