(UPDATED) Riots Happening Now in Baltimore, Hours After Funeral for Freddie Gray

Police encounter riots in Baltimore after the funeral for Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old man who died in police custody this month.

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Just hours after the funeral for 25-year-old Freddie Gray, the city of Baltimore is experiencing serious riots, with at least seven police officers hurt in the clash so far.

Gray died of mysterious spinal injuries on April 13, after he was arrested by Baltimore police the night before. An attorney contracted by the Gray family found that Gray's spine was severely injured. The Associated Press reported that 12 people were arrested yesterday, protesting for justice for Gray. An investigation by the Department of Justice is ongoing. 

Riots began today around 4 p.m., after a two-hour funeral service was held for Gray. According to the Associated Press, around 2 p.m., just after the funeral service ended, the University of Maryland shut down its campus. This comes the same day that the Baltimore Police Department issued a statement saying it has reason to believe three notoriously violent gangs are a "credible threat" to the Baltimore law enforcement official, although it is unclear if their announcement had to do with the death of Gray.

The AP reported that people began throwing rocks at police officers dressed in riot gear around 4 p.m. Helicopter footage showed that people throwing rocks at the police, and some were seen looting a CVS. According to WBAL TV, the local television station in Baltimore, some protestors are trying to loot more stores, and breaking into a bank. 

Captain Eric Kowalczyk told NPR News that seven officers have been injured in the riots, and at latest, one is unresponsive. "This is not OK," said Kowalczyk. "We will find these people who are responsible and we will put them in jail."

One person tweeted video footage that showed a police officer throwing a brick at protestors. 

At present time, riots are continuing in the streets of Baltimore. WBAL TV has live coverage of the events.

UPDATE 6:15 p.m. : Governor Larry Hogan releases a statement where he mentions that he has put the National Guard on alert. 


I have been closely monitoring the situation in #Baltimore and have been in contact with @MayorSRB. #mdpolitics pic.twitter.com/jOZ6JndSly

— Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) April 27, 2015

UPDATE 6:50 p.m.: President Obama has spoken to Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.


Attorney General Lynch just updated the President on the situation in Baltimore related to the death of Freddie Gray. pic.twitter.com/mhz4q3lQAO

— White House Archived (@ObamaWhiteHouse) April 27, 2015

UPDATE 7:11 p.m. : Governor Hogan has declared a state of emergency. He will hold a press conference later tonight at 8:30 P.M. along with Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford and National Guard Adjutant General Linda Singh.


Governor Larry Hogan Signs Executive Order Declaring State Of Emergency, Activating National Guard http://t.co/rRnKErl1TY

— Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) April 27, 2015


They not showing this on the news #BaltimoreRiots https://t.co/ZRS1Vvvco2

— Ah Von Da Digital Creator (@TheRealAVOUN) April 27, 2015

UPDATE 8:00 p.m.: Mayor Rawlings-Blake instates a citywide curfew beginning tomorrow, potentially lasting for a week.


.@MayorSRB orders a curfew in be effect at 10 pm to 5 am

— Luke Broadwater☀️ (@lukebroadwater) April 27, 2015

UPDATE 8:49 p.m.: Baltimore public schools will be closed tomorrow.


#BREAKINGNEWS | #Baltimore City public schools will be closed tomorrow.

— WMAR-2 News (@WMAR2News) April 28, 2015


There is a large fire burning at Federal Street and Gay Street. Motorists should avoid this area. Expect delays.

— Baltimore Police (@BaltimorePolice) April 28, 2015


Massive building fire pic.twitter.com/VhEL44O3Xo

— Justin Fenton (@justin_fenton) April 28, 2015

UPDATE 8:56 p.m.


BREAKING: Maryland governor says activating National Guard was 'last resort' to end violence, looting.

— The Associated Press (@AP) April 28, 2015

UPDATE 9:00 p.m.: Newly sworn-in Attorney General Loretta Lynch has released a statement regarding the situation in Baltimore.


Attorney General Loretta Lynch: violence in Baltimore does a “disservice” to #FreddieGray family. pic.twitter.com/2DiZm3cZwW

— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) April 28, 2015

UPDATE 9:15 p.m.: Baltimore United for Change, a coalition of the city's community groups has released a statement addressing the unrest.


“It has been 15 days since Freddie Gray was stuffed into a Baltimore Police Department van and no officer, elected official or agency has taken any responsibility for his subsequent death or the policies that allow it to stand.

Therefore, we continue to witness the further erosion of the already broken relationship between Black communities and law enforcement.


The truth is that our region’s elected officials have not seen it as politically useful to act on the long-standing issues of police violence in Black communities. What we are witnessing today is the crossing of a tipping point by communities that have remained unheard for far too long.


The Baltimore Police Department is employing aggressive and heavy-handed tactics on Black youth who have not accepted the platitudes or spin being offered from our region’s leaders.


The same Baltimore Police Department skirting responsibility for the death of Freddie Gray is now trying to sell our city a narrative where gangs have issued a “unified threat” against police officers. The NYPD tried that tactic in December and it remains unproven. What we have seen is an unprecedented truce between rival gangs which is in the best interest of our communities. For us, the greatest threat is from law enforcement.


Stoking the flames of fear won’t get our city out of this. More explanations about what isn’t possible will not get our city out of this. Increasing militarized crackdowns will only serve to further diminish Baltimore’s hope of meeting the challenge of eradicating police violence.


Our region’s leaders must take decisive action to end Baltimore’s dangerous addiction to broken law enforcement policies that ruin communities, tear apart families and cost lives.”

UPDATE 9:20 p.m.


#BREAKING Senior Center in #Baltimore on fire amid chaos and violent protests throughout the city. #ktla pic.twitter.com/N3QmjEjPT9

— Marcus Smith (@MarcusSmithKTLA) April 28, 2015

UPDATE 9:24 p.m.: In addition to the National Guard, 5,000 law enforcement officials will be called in from the mid-Atlantic region to control the riots, according to Col. Darryl D. DeSousa of the Baltimore Police Department. He also said fifteen police officers have been injured so far, while two remain hospitalized. Over two dozen people have been arrested.

UPDATE 9:42 p.m.: The Washington Post reports that the multi-million dollar senior center which caught on fire earlier is reportedly not related to the riots.


WaPo says Senior Center fire In Baltimore is NOT related to riots. Likely a construction fire. http://t.co/epDDNKcUVg

— Teresa (@TeresaKopec) April 28, 2015

UPDATE 10:05 p.m.


.@BaltimorePolice confirm shots fired at an officer at Reisterstown Rd and Virginia Ave in Park Heights area; suspect ran

— Justin Fenton (@justin_fenton) April 28, 2015


.@justin_fenton confirms w/ police that shots were fired at an officer in the area of Virginia Ave and Reisterstown Rd; officer was not hit.

— Kevin Rector (@kevrector) April 28, 2015

UPDATE 10:42 p.m.: One person's on the ground account of the scene at Baltimore. 



Shooting at Elite Liquors in Dellwood, man shot in neck by a suspect in a white SUV, he is talking to police pic.twitter.com/pNdncJGnGx

— David Carson (@PDPJ) April 28, 2015

UPDATE 10:53 p.m.:  


Spokesman for Baltimore Mayor and city FD now saying huge fire in East Baltimore "related to the riots"

— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) April 28, 2015


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