Tuesday, 28 April 2015
Photos: Baltimore erupts in riots after funeral of black man who died in police custody
A demonstrator confronts police near Camden Yards during a protest against the death in police custody of Freddie Gray in Baltimore April 25, 2015.
The riots broke out just blocks from the funeral of Freddie Gray and spread through much of West Baltimore in the most violent protests against police treatment of African Americans since arson and gunfire in Ferguson, Missouri, last year.
A state of emergency was declared by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, a Republican, who sent in the National Guard, and a curfew was imposed in the largely black city from Tuesday night, with exceptions for work and medical emergencies. More pics after cut...
Firefighters battled several blazes on Monday evening, including one that consumed a church's senior center under construction in East Baltimore. Police said looting, fires and attacks against officers continued through the night
Looters sacked liquor stores, pharmacies, a shopping mall and a check-cashing store. Rioters smashed car windows outside a major hotel and twice slashed a fire hose while firefighters fought a blaze at a CVS pharmacy that had been looted before it was set on fire.
"All this had to happen, people getting tired of the police killing the young black guys for no reason. ... It is a sad day but it had to happen," said Tony Luster, 40, who was out on the street watching the police line.
Gray was arrested on April 12 when running from officers. He was transported to the police station in a van, with no seat restraint, and suffered the spinal injury that led to his death a week later. A lawyer for Gray's family says his spine was 80 percent severed at the neck while in custody.
Six officers have been suspended, and the U.S. Justice Department is investigating the incident for possible civil rights violations.
Gray's death reignited a public outcry over police treatment of African Americans that flared last year after police killings of unarmed black men in Ferguson, New York City and elsewhere.
Protesters jump on a car at a rally to protest the death of Freddie Gray who died following an arrest in Baltimore, Maryland April 25, 2015.
A man has his eyes cleaned after he was pepper sprayed by the Baltimore Police as violence escalates in the Maryland capital
Eleven police officers have been injured, many with broken bones, and at least one appeared ‘unresponsive’
A woman kisses the casket of Freddie Gray, who died following an arrest by the Baltimore police department, at his burial at Woodlawn Cemetery in Baltimore, Maryland April 27, 2015.
Jesse Jackson arrives at Freddie Gray's funeral