A gathering of hundreds of protesters near a Baltimore mall turned violent today when some of them hurled various objects at cops, with several officers injured in the clash, including one whose condition police described as “unresponsive.”
Tonight’s baseball game in Baltimore between the Orioles and the White Sox has been postponed in the wake of the violence, the team said.
The standoff began near the Mondawmin Mall in the northwest part of the city, the Baltimore Police Department said on Twitter, as the group threw bricks, rocks and other objects at officers.
Protesters were seen climbing on a police cruiser and damaging several others. Police tweeted that people were also looting businesses and setting cars on fire.
Police Capt. Eric Kowalczyk declined to speculate at a news conference on the reason for the violence, but called the group “criminals.”
“Right now it is a group of lawless individuals with no regard” for safety, he said.
Kowalczyk said seven officers were injured, many with broken bones.
“Several people in the group are reported to be armed with sticks, bricks, and other weapons,” the police wrote on Twitter. “We are hearing reports that members of this group are now setting small items on fire.”
The police department described the group as “violent and aggressive.”
Police said they used fire extinguishers to put out the small fires.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake activated Baltimore’s emergency operations center to coordinate response in the city.
Read more: ABC News