Dozens of Baltimore County police and state troopers are guarding a mall that closed over security concerns.
Rumours spread on the Internet that high school kids were going to converge Tuesday on the Security Square mall in Woodlawn, several miles west of downtown. Police and news media outnumbered a dozen or so curious onlookers.
Police say the riots a day earlier started when high school students were let out of school and converged on a different mall, throwing rocks, bottles and bricks at police.
The students were upset over the way they say police treat blacks and the death of Freddie Gray, who suffered critical injuries in police custody.
The mayor of Baltimore says schools had no choice but to close since many teachers called and said they wouldn’t work the day after the riots.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake also walked back her comments she made about “thugs” trying to tear down the city.
“I wanted to say something that was on my heart … We don’t have thugs in Baltimore. Sometimes my little anger interpreter gets the best of me,” she said, pointing to her head. “We have a lot of kids that are acting out, a lot of people in our community that are acting out.”
Religious leaders say 14 churches were open Tuesday for children. The churches are providing meals to the kids, since many of them depend on school for their food.
The schools closed a day after the riots in the wake of Freddie Gray’s death. He died after injuries in police custody.
Police say one person was critically injured in a fire during the riots in Baltimore.
Capt. Eric Kowalczyk said at least 20 officers were hurt during the chaos that started as a “high school event” and escalated. He said nearly three dozen juveniles were arrested and more than 200 adults were taken into custody after people set fire to cars and businesses and looted stores. Nearly 150 cars were burned.
As Kowalczyk was speaking, a group of demonstrators gathered on the streets, mostly peacefully. One person was taken into custody and police used pepper spray to keep protesters back when he became unruly.
The riots occurred Monday, hours after Freddie Gray was buried. He died from injuries he suffered in police custody.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson has visited a burned-out drug store in Baltimore as crowds gather in the streets a night after riots.
Jackson said the violence, while inexcusable, reflected the alienation of unemployed people in neighbourhoods full of empty homes and vacant lots.
“It was painful because it destroyed a lot of neighbourhood businesses and hurt a lot of people, but the violence is driven by that alienation,” Jackson said.
Dozens of people have gathered again in the street, dancing and clapping at time. A line of police officers shoulder-to-shoulder stood watch nearby.
The demonstrations have been going on since Gray was arrested in the neighbourhood and died after suffering injuries in police custody.
President Barack Obama says there have been too many troubling police interactions with black citizens.
Obama is calling the deaths of several black men by police “a slow rolling crisis.” He says it’s not new, but there’s new awareness from cameras and social media.
The president says there’s “no excuse” for violence in Baltimore. Obama says looters are not protesting but stealing. He says they should be treated as criminals.
Obama spoke Tuesday at a White House press conference with the Japanese prime minister as the National Guard was called in to quell violence. Rioting broke out Monday after the funeral for Freddie Gray, a black man who died in police custody under mysterious circumstances.
The Maryland governor is promising that Baltimore will not have a repeat of the riots that happened on Monday.
Gov. Larry Hogan said at a news conference Tuesday that there had been no incidents in the morning, but he does worry about what will happen at night. Hogan declared a state of emergency about three hours after the riots started Monday afternoon.
He has activated the National Guard, which is helping police keep the peace in the city.
The riots came after the death of Freddie Gray. He died after he was injured in police custody.
Hundreds of volunteers are cleaning up the wreckage left by rioters in the neighbourhood where Freddie Gray was arrested.
Part of the area was blocked off by officers to help with debris removal. Area hardware stores donated trash bags and brooms, and city workers brought in trucks to haul away mounds of trash and broken glass.
With schools closed, Blanca Tapahuasco, 43, brought her three sons from another part of the city to help sweep outside a looted CVS pharmacy.
“We’re helping the neighbourhood build back up,” she said. “This is an encouragement to them to know the rest of the city is not just looking on and wondering what to do.”
The riots began shortly after Freddie Gray’s funeral. Gray died after being injured in police custody.
Police say a mall in suburban Baltimore has closed after rumours spread on social media about plans for trouble there and at other locations.
County police spokesman Cpl. John Wachter says Security Square Mall decided to close Tuesday, but it was not at the direction of police. The mall is near the Social Security Administration’s headquarters and just a few miles west of the city.
The riots started Monday at a mall near downtown Baltimore, on the same day as Freddie Gray’s funeral. Gray died after suffering injuries while in police custody.
The Baltimore Orioles postponed a second straight game against the Chicago White Sox after a night of rioting near Camden Yards.
The team says it made the decision Tuesday after consulting with Major League Baseball, and state and local officials. A makeup date was not announced.
Public schools were shut down Tuesday, and Baltimore’s mayor imposed a 10 p.m.-to-5 a.m. curfew.
Monday’s game was postponed after riots that followed the funeral of Freddie Gray, who died April 19 of spinal cord and other injuries sustained while in police custody.
A woman who hit and pushed a boy to remove him from the riots in Baltimore is being hailed by the police commissioner and others online.
Video of the woman, presumably the boy’s mother, shows her smacking him on the head as other youths throw bricks, rocks and other objects at police near a mall Monday afternoon.
“I wish I had more parents that took charge of their kids out there,” Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said of the video.
The woman has not been identified.
Police asked parents in a series of tweets to get their children inside after groups of youths became violent.
The riots started hours after the funeral for Freddie Gray. He suffered a critical injury while in police custody.
Standing in front of a burned-out CVS pharmacy, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake deplored the violence of the night before.
“We worked so hard to get a company like CVS to invest in this neighbourhood,” she said, describing the neighbourhood as still recovering from the riots of the 1960’s. “This is the only place that so many people have to pick up their prescriptions.”
Rawlings-Blake said that the city had prepared for the possibility of disturbances after Freddie Gray’s funeral Monday, but had been overwhelmed. Questioned about whether she should have been in the neighbourhood before Tuesday morning, she responded with frustration.
“You can’t see everything that I see. You don’t know all the different moving pieces,” she said.
Grey died after being injured while in police custody.
A spokesman says Monday’s riot is the first time the Maryland National Guard has been called up for a civil disturbance in the state since 1968, when Baltimore erupted in violence after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.
Guard spokesman Lt. Charles Kohler says about 500 guardsmen are being deployed in Baltimore on Tuesday, and the force will build to about 2,000 though the day. He says that can build to 5,000, and officials also could call on Guard forces in neighbouring states.
Riots broke out in the city hours after the funeral for Freddie Gray. The 25-year-old died of a spinal injury days after being taken into police custody.
Guardsmen are called up about once a year for a state of emergency such as a large snow storm or hurricane. That usually involves about 600 members _ though about 2,000 were called up for President Barack Obama’s inauguration.
In 1968, the state called up 6,000 Guardsmen, and 2,000 federal troops were called in to help too.
On Tuesday morning, Republican Gov. Larry Hogan surveyed the scene at a West Baltimore intersection that hours earlier had been littered with burning cars, a smashed police vehicle, broken glass and thick plumes of smoke billowing from a looted convenience store.
Hogan shook the hands of people who had shown up early to help sweep the streets after rioting erupted in the city Monday, hours after the funeral for Freddie Gray. The 25-year-old died of a spinal injury days after being taken into police custody.
He said: “We’re not going to leave the city unprotected.”
He added that he’s called in hundreds of state troopers and potentially thousands of National Guardsmen to help secure the city after a night of riots.
Hogan said: “The city is safer than it was before, and we’re going to continue to build that presence all day.”
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is temporarily moving his office from the state capital, Annapolis, to Baltimore on Tuesday after rioting and fires broke out in the city overnight.
Hogan spokeswoman Erin Montgomery says the governor will visit sites around the city Tuesday morning and plans to work out of state offices in downtown Baltimore with Cabinet members and senior staffers.
Rioting erupted in the city Monday, hours after the funeral for Freddie Gray. The 25-year-old died of a spinal injury days after being taken into police custody.
The Maryland Transit Administration says it’s bypassing several subway stations and closing at least one bus station because of police activity in areas of Baltimore.
Rioting erupted around the city Monday, hours after the funeral for Freddie Gray. The 25-year-old died of a spinal injury days after being taken into police custody. National Guard troops took up positions in the city, and cleanup was beginning early Tuesday morning.
The transit agency announced its changes in service Tuesday morning. Public schools in the city are closed for the day, and several neighbouring districts said they would cancel any scheduled field trips to Baltimore.
A citywide curfew will be in effect from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
The Baltimore mayor’s office says there were 144 vehicle fires, 15 structures fires and nearly 200 arrests in the unrest that broke out in the city.
Spokesman Howard Libit gave the updated numbers Tuesday morning. Rioting erupted around the city Monday, hours after the funeral for Freddie Gray. The 25-year-old died of a spinal injury days after being taken into police custody.
Early Tuesday morning, aerial footage on local station WJZ-TV showed a firefighter spraying the burnt out shell of a large building as an American flag fluttered nearby on an untouched building.
6:00 a.m., April 28:
Local television footage showed firefighters on the scene of one many fires that broke out overnight and residents sweeping up debris on city streets as dawn broke Tuesday in Baltimore.
Transport vehicles of Maryland National Guard troops arrived a day after a funeral for Freddie Gray, who died of a mysterious spinal injury while he was in police custody. In the hours after the service attended by thousands, rioting and looting broke out in the city and firefighters battled blazes overnight thought to be linked to the riots.
National Guard spokesman Col. Charles Kohler says guard members are hooking up with police and providing additional security at critical infrastructure. Kohler declined say how many were arriving Tuesday, but says the guard can build to a force of 5,000.
Fredericka Gray, the twin sister of Freddie Gray, who suffered a fatal injury while in police custody, has deplored the violence.
“I think the violence is wrong … I don’t like it all,” she said late Monday, adding she thought her brother also would have disapproved.
Rioting erupted around the city hours after the funeral for Freddie Gray. He died of a mysterious spinal injury days after being taken into custody.
Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts disclosed at a late-night news conference that National Guard troops have begun taking up positions “on the ground.”
He says the guardsmen are key to holding areas that have been cleared of rioters by police moving through those areas hit by unrest.
Batts also said at least 15 officers have been injured, six seriously whom he visited at the city’s major trauma hospital. “I told them how proud I was of them and how courageous they were,” Batt said.
He added that several cars were set ablaze amid other street fires overnight as law enforcement sought to reassert control.
The fires and riots erupted hours after the funeral for Freddie Gray, the black man who died from a spinal injury days after being taken into police custody.
Maryland’s Attorney General Brian E. Frosh has called for an end to the violence. In a statement, he says, “The death of Freddie Gray was a tragedy. Perhaps it can lead us on a path toward progress. Violence, fires and looting will not get us there.”
He added: “The line from peaceful protest to looting and violence has, sadly, been crossed. The events in Baltimore are putting first responders and many in our community at risk. Destroying property and injuring citizens and law enforcement officers drives us apart … The violence must stop.”
Firefighters are spraying water on neighbouring commercial and residential buildings around what’s left of the Mary Harvin Transformation Center, which continued to smoulder after being engulfed by flames earlier this evening.
Their aim: to prevent any flames from spreading, given the number of abandoned rowhouses nearby. Kevin Johnson, a 53-year-old resident of the area, expressed disappointment that the building, earmarked for the elderly, had burned.
“They built it from the ground up. For elderly people, for old people,” Johnson said. “Now it’s burned down, man. That don’t make no sense. It’s burned down.”
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says he declared the state of emergency for Baltimore less than 30 seconds after the city’s mayor requested it.
At his evening news earlier, Hogan said of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake that he was “glad that she finally did” call the governor’s office to request the state of emergency when she did.
“We were all in the command centre in the second floor of the State House in constant communication, and we were trying to get in touch with the mayor for quite some time. She finally made that call, and we immediately took action,” Hogan said.
Asked if the mayor should have made the request earlier, Hogan replied that he didn’t want to question what city officials were doing.
“I know that the city has done everything in their power to get this under control. I don’t want to question what they’ve been doing. They’re all under tremendous stress. We’re all on one team.”
A massive fire has broken out in a building that was under construction and the Baltimore mayor’s spokesman says it’s related to the riots.
Spokesman Kevin Harris confirmed that the fire is related to the riots and that it’s burning the Mary Harvin Transformation Center, described online as a community-based organization that supports youth and families.
A CVS pharmacy was also set on fire earlier in the day. Businesses have been looted and at least 15 officers were injured in the chaos.
The riots started after the funeral for Freddie Gray, who died of a mysterious injury after being arrested.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch is condemning the rioting in Baltimore that followed the funeral of Freddie Gray, who died from a spinal injury he suffered while in police custody.
In a statement Monday, her first day on the job, Lynch said those who have destroyed property have done a disservice to Gray’s family.
She said she would send Justice Department officials to the city in coming days, including Vanita Gupta, the agency’s top civil rights lawyer.
Rioters set police cars ablaze, leading the Maryland governor to declare a state of emergency and call in the National Guard.
The FBI and Justice Department are investigating Gray’s death for potential criminal civil rights violations. The six officers who were involved in Gray’s arrest have been suspended.
Maryland’s governor says activating the National Guard to help police with riots in Baltimore was a last resort.
Gov. Larry Hogan said Monday night that he did not make the decision lightly. He earlier declared a state of emergency, activating the Guard. Hogan took office in January.
The call for the Guard comes after people set cars on fire, looted businesses and threw bricks at police officers, hours after the funeral for Freddie Gray.
Gray died after suffering injuries in police custody.
About 200 mostly men are marching arm-in-arm through a neighbourhood that is littered with broken glass, flattened aluminum cans and other debris after riots in Baltimore.
Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings is among them. As the group approached Fulton Avenue, getting close to a line of police officers, the marchers went down on their knees.
After the ministers got back on their feet, they walked until they were face-to-face with the police officers in a tight formation and wearing riot gear.
Neighbourhood residents were standing on their stoops, taking pictures. Some clapped their hands.
The marches were protesting the police-custody death of Freddie Gray.
Police say 15 officers have been injured in the Baltimore riots and two are still in the hospital.
More than two dozen people have been arrested after people looted stores, set cars on fire and threw bricks at police.
The riot started just hours after the funeral for Freddie Gray, who died following injuries he suffered while in police custody.
The mayor of Baltimore says she will impose a weeklong curfew after people looted stores, set fire to cars and threw bricks and other objects at police officers.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says a curfew will be imposed beginning Tuesday from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
The mayor, a lifelong Baltimore resident, says too many people have spent generations building up the city for it to be destroyed by “thugs.”
The riot began hours after the funeral for Freddie Gray, who died after suffering an injury in police custody.
Police are firing beanbags and rubber bullets at looters at a mall where the Baltimore riots began.
As three dozen police entered the mall, looters began running and driving away. The mall was one of several businesses to be looted as rioters set cars and a business on fire.
The riot happened after the funeral for Freddie Gray, who died after being injured in police custody.
People are looting stores at a mall where the riots in Baltimore started.
As police moved away from the mall into a nearby neighbourhood, the mall became unprotected and people started carrying clothes and other items away.
Cars have been burned, other stores have been looted and a pharmacy caught fire during the mayhem. The riot started hours after Freddie Gray was buried.
Grey died after suffering an injury in police custody.
The governor of Maryland has declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard to help with the violence and rioting in Baltimore.
Gov. Larry Hogan signed the order Monday night at the request of the city. Cars and at least one store have been set on fire during a riot. Businesses are being looted in part of the city.
The riot started just hours after the funeral for Freddie Gray, who died after being injured while in police custody.
Maryland’s two senators are faulting a few in Baltimore for the violent protests, looting and clashes with police.
“This is terrible,” Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski told reporters in the U.S. Capitol Monday night. The five-term senator and Baltimore resident said about 300 students primarily from one high school acted out and showed “disrespect toward Freddie Gray.” Mikulski said some 85,000 school children went home and were not involved.
Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin said their “immediate concern is to restore the peace in Baltimore.”
The two lawmakers said they are awaiting the independent, civil rights investigation by the Justice Department into Gray’s death.
Grey died of an unexplained spinal injury while in police custody.
A pharmacy that has been looted in the Baltimore riots is on fire and police are trying to keep people back as firefighters battle the blaze.
Smoke is pouring out of the CVS pharmacy, which is about 1.5 miles from downtown Baltimore. Some people cut holes in a hose that firefighters were using.
Nearby, liquor stores were busted open and being looted. People were in the streets drinking while police stood still nearby.
The riot started just hours after Freddie Gray’s funeral. Gray died after suffering injuries in police custody.
President Barack Obama is pledging the federal government’s help to respond to riots that have broken out in Baltimore following the funeral of Freddie Gray.
The White House says the Baltimore mayor updated Obama on the situation and that Obama told her his administration would provide assistance as needed.
The White House says Obama also discussed the rioting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who was sworn in hours earlier.
Obama and Lynch met in the Oval Office while violent scenes of rioting in Baltimore played out on television. Gray died April 19 after suffering a mysterious spinal injury while in police custody. The Justice Department and local authorities are investigating.
The governor of Maryland says the National Guard is on alert and may deploy to help police with the looting and violence in Baltimore.
Gov. Larry Hogan says he wants the Guard on alert so they can deploy rapidly as needed. The governor readied the Guard as rioters set fire to cars and a business and looters raided several stores.
At least seven officers have been injured in chaos.
The Orioles game in Baltimore has been postponed because of safety concerns.
An attorney for the family of Freddie Gray says they are in shock watching the violence in Baltimore.
Hours after Gray’s funeral, a large group of youths had a standoff with police, throwing bricks, bottles and other items at officers. Several stores have been looted and cars have been set on fire.
Gray family attorney Billy Murphy said the family is urging for calm.
“They don’t want this movement nationally to be marred by violence,” he said. “It makes no sense.”
Murphy said Gray’s family is lying low Monday night. Gray died after suffering critical injuries in police custody.
Protesters are looting a check-cashing business and other stores in Baltimore, busting through the windows and climbing inside to take items.
Cars have been lit on fire and a large group of youths threw rocks, bricks and other items at police. As people arrived home from work, some yelled at the youths to stop causing trouble.
“I never thought I’d see something like this happen in my neighbourhood,” said Ted Bushrod, 32, who’s lived in the area all his life.
Bushrod, who said his father died in an officer-involved shooting involving the Baltimore Police Department, criticized the violence.
“It’s disappointing. I understand the kids’ frustration. We go through this every day,” he added, referring to black people being targeted for their race in Baltimore.
Freddie Gray, who is black, died after he suffered injuries while in police custody.
Police are urging parents to locate their children and bring them home after youths clashed violently with police in Baltimore.
Baltimore police made the announcement on its Twitter feed. A group of youths threw bricks, rocks and other items at police during a violent clash hours after the funeral of Freddie Gray. At least seven police officers were injured.
A lot of the youths clashing with police had backpacks and were wearing khaki pants, which are a part of many Baltimore public school uniforms.
The activity broke out just as high school let out, and at a key city bus depot for student commuters.
Grey died April 19. He suffered injuries in police custody. Authorities are investigating.
Groups of youths are looting a convenience store near downtown Baltimore.
They busted out the window of the closed businesses, and piled in. Police in riot gear began forming a line nearby.
A helicopter circled overhead as groups of roving youths moved through the city. Television footage showed one group of demonstrators pile on top of and ride a car as it drove in the street.
The riot happened just hours after Freddie Gray’s funeral. Gray suffered a mysterious spinal injury while in police custody.
A drug store is being looted in Baltimore as police and a large group of people violently clash.
Television images show a CVS being overrun and people running out with items. Police have not responded yet.
The rioters have been throwing rocks, bricks and other items at police, injuring at least seven of them. A police car was set on fire.
The clash began just hours after the funeral of Freddie Gray, who died while in police custody.
Police say at least seven officers have been injured in a violent clash with a large group of youths.
Capt. Eric Kowalczyk said one officer is unresponsive and others have broken bones after people threw bricks, rocks and other items at police.
The riot occurred just hours after a funeral for Freddie Gray, who died of a mysterious spinal injury while he was in police custody.
The clash started near the Mondawmin Mall and spread out over a wide area as a line of police officers pushed them back.
In a series of Tweets, police said they are hearing reports of groups setting fires around the area. Earlier, a photographer was shoved and kicked in the back.
At one point, a police car was surrounded and destroyed by people jumping on it. As officers arrived, one person was taken into custody.
Hundreds of youths outside a mall in northwest Baltimore are clashing violently with police in riot gear, throwing rocks, bricks and bottles at the officers.
Baltimore police say on Twitter that several officers have been injured. Officers are using pepper-spray to keep the protesters back.
A flier circulated on social media called for a period of violence Monday afternoon to begin at the Mondawmin Mall and move downtown toward City Hall.
Earlier in the day, thousands gathered for Freddie Gray’s funeral. Gray died of an unexplained spinal injury while in police custody.
Outside the mall, a young person threw a flaming trash can at the line of officers, igniting a patch of grass nearby.
Police said at least one officer was injured after being hit by a flying brick.
People are throwing rocks and bricks at police in riot gear near a Baltimore mall.
Dozens of people were throwing objects at police, just hours after the funeral for Freddie Gray.
Gray died of a mysterious spinal injury while in police custody. Baltimore police say on Twitter that a few officers have been hurt in the chaos.
Officers are advancing on the crowd, and at times retreating when the objects are thrown.
Numerous police officers in riot gear have responded to a mall in northwest Baltimore and the mall is closed.
Images broadcast by WJZ-TV show a line of officers with helmets and face shields blocking off the mall’s parking lot. Some people were throwing objects at officers and a police armoured vehicle.
It’s not immediately clear if the response was related to a Freddie Gray protest. One man held his arms up as the police moved toward him, an action that has been repeated throughout the Gray rallies.
Gray died of an unexplained spinal injury he suffered in police custody.
The University of Maryland campus in downtown Baltimore shut down its campus at 2 p.m., saying it has been warned by the Baltimore Police Department that “activities” in the area may turn violent.
It wasn’t immediately clear whether the activities had anything to do with Freddie Gray, who died of a spinal injury while in police custody. Demonstrators angry over Gray’s death have become violent at times.
In an alert to students and staff, the university says “the safety of our students and employees is of paramount importance. Please vacate the campus as soon as possible.”
School spokesman Alex Likowski said he didn’t know what type of activity might be passing through campus or what prompted the warning from police.
The university’s main campus is in College Park, about 30 miles south of Baltimore.
The funeral for Freddie Gray has ended after a service of nearly two hours.
The dignitaries attending included long-time activist Dick Gregory, former Maryland representative and NAACP leader Kweisi Mfume and current Maryland Rep. John Sarbanes.
The casket was rolled out of the church with the family following behind. Within minutes, the entire church was empty, leaving the musicians to play a rousing processional.
As people left, there was an image of Gray projected on the screens flanking the altar. It showed him wearing a striped polo shirt, baseball cap, pants and sneakers. The front of the program read, “Loving Memory, Freddie Carlos Gray Jr.”
Gray died of a mysterious spinal injury he suffered while in police custody.
The NAACP says it’s opening a satellite office in Freddie Gray’s Baltimore neighbourhood, known as Sandtown.
In a statement on the organization’s Facebook page, the NAACP said its police reform action in Baltimore dates back to the 1980s, and has involved targeting racial profiling cases. The NAACP said it also filed legal action involving traffic stops targeting black people and another one involving a high rate of incarceration of black people in the city.
Grey, who is black, died of an unexplained injury he suffered in police custody.
The satellite office in Gray’s neighbourhood will include legal support from the national office, the NAACP said.
It’s unclear when the office will open.
Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings is speaking at the funeral for Freddie Gray.
Cummings looked at the multitude of cameras along the rail of the balcony at New Shiloh Baptist Church and said: “I ain’t seen this many cameras in a long time.”
Grey died of a mysterious spinal injury while he was in police custody.
The congressman mentioned his own nephew, who was gunned down several years ago in Norfolk, Virginia. He said an assailant has never been tracked down and arrested.
“We will not rest until we address this and see that justice is done,” he said of the Gray case. “And so, this is our watch. We will not fail you.”
The Rev. Al Sharpton says he plans to meet with activists and faith leaders in Baltimore to schedule a two-day march from Baltimore to Washington in May.
He says the march will aim to bring the cases of Freddie Gray, Eric Garner, Walter Scott and Eric Harris to the attention of new Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
In a statement Monday before Gray’s funeral, Sharpton says he had been resisting getting personally involved because he wanted to wait until he saw what the police department’s investigation found. But now he says since the department’s report may not be released publicly, he has decided to travel to Baltimore.
Police have said the department would release its report to the State’s Attorney’s office on Friday and send out updates when new information is available.
Grey died of an unexplained spinal injury while in police custody.
The attorney for Freddie Gray’s family has received a standing ovation during Gray’s funeral.
Billy Murphy called on the six officers suspended during the investigation into Gray’s death to come forward and tell the story “just like we tell our citizens to do.”
“This is our moment to get at truth. This is our moment to get it right,” he said.
Grey died of an unexplained spinal injury he suffered while in police custody. Five of the six officers have given their statements to investigators.
Murphy asked for prayers for Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, “who is struggling mightily with this,” a statement that brought more applause.
Baltimore police say the department believes three notoriously violent gangs are now working together to “take out” law enforcement officers.
In a statement Monday, the department called it a “credible threat” and said members of the Black Guerilla Family, the Bloods and the Crips have formed a partnership against the police.
The department warned other law enforcement agencies to “take appropriate precautions.”
The police statement came as mourners gathered for the funeral of Freddie Gray, who died of a mysterious spinal injury while in police custody.
Police spokesman Capt. Eric Kowalczyk would not say whether the threat is related to the death of Gray. Kowalczyk said the threat announcement has been circulated to law enforcement agencies nationwide.
Earlier this year, Baltimore police said the Black Guerilla Family sent a man into the Northeastern District station house with marijuana, cocaine and a loaded gun to test the station’s security.
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The daughter of Eric Garner, who died of a chokehold in the custody of New York City police, is at the funeral of Freddie Gray.
Gray suffered critical spinal injuries while he was in Baltimore police custody.
Erica Garner, 24, says she came Monday because watching the video of Gray crying out when he was arrested reminded her of the crying and agony that her father went through.
“My father was yelling out, ‘I can’t breathe and (Gray) was yelling out — he didn’t have any words but he was just hurt,” she said.
She says she hasn’t met Gray’s family, but would tell them: “I feel your pain. I know what you’re going through. Stay strong and continue to fight.”
Garner died last July after police placed him in a chokehold on a Staten Island street.