Hours after Baltimore police promised “deep, systemic changes in the culture” of their department to protesters upset over the death of Freddie Gray, waves of violence and looting shook the city.
Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said that demonstrations and marches were peaceful until about 7pm, when protesters became “agitated” and clashed with police around Camden Yards baseball stadium. Fans inside the stadium were told to stay inside.
Hundreds of Baltimore and Maryland State Police in riot gear tried to calm the crowd, but police said that a small group of protesters left the Camden Yards area and went on a violent spree through the streets, smashing windows and looting a local convenience store.
Videos taken at the scene show some protesters jumping on top of police cars and smashing windows, throwing things through store windows, and leaving shelves of items overturned in shops. Footage also captured a large group of police clad in riot gear sprinting down the street toward protesters.
This swarm of Baltimore police chasing after protesters is like something out of a movie pic.twitter.com/oL17WVSboM
— Brandon Wall (@Walldo) April 25, 2015
The twin sister of #FreddieGray, Fredericka, just now: "Can ya'll please, please stop the violence?" Says her brother "would not want this."
— Kevin Rector (@RectorSun) April 26, 2015
— PantheR (@____PantheR) April 25, 2015
— deray mckesson (@deray) April 26, 2015
— KnownNobody (@byDVNLLN) April 26, 2015
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