Just hours after Freddie Gray’s funeral, protesters clashed with police stationed near Mondawmin Mall in northwest Baltimore. At least seven officers have been injured, according to police, and there are reports of several arrests. One of the officers is reportedly unresponsive.
Early reports indicate many of the protestors are high school students who gathered at the mall as part of a demonstration organized on social media. Reporters for CBS Baltimore and the Baltimore Sun report that rocks and bricks were thrown at police, who responded with pepper spray. You can watch a livestream of the demonstrations here.
Many businesses and schools throughout the city have closed early, and there are reports of looting at a CVS. As the protests move south, police have set up barricades in front of City Hall and police headquarters.
UPDATE 8:23 pm: The Washington Post reports that a police official says 15 officers were injured and two were hospitalized during the day’s protests. At least 27 people have reportedly been arrested so far.
UPDATE 8:00 pm: Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says she requested Hogan deploy the National Guard “as soon as they are available.”
A curfew will also be imposed between 10 pm and 6 pm, which Rawlings-Blake says will last for a week at least.
UPDATE 6:40 pm: The CVS is now on fire.
[There was a video here]
Fortunately fire trucks are now on scene at the CVS #BaltimoreApril 27, 2015
UPDATE 6:26 pm: Tonight’s Oriole’s game against the White Sox has been postponed. Meanwhile, Maryland governor Larry Hogan issued a statement this evening announcing that the National Guard is “on alert.”
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CVS had been looted pic.twitter.com/SNeI7G7rlmApril 27, 2015
#Baltimore looters now vandalizing a check cashing business, breaking windows, carrying things out. CNN live now.April 27, 2015
Looters just attacked a photographer on North. He ran to nearby MTA Bus. Media retreating now. No police here. @wbaltv11April 27, 2015
Car on fire at north/penn pic.twitter.com/v0CrXCmn06April 27, 2015
Police van from transit authority on fire at Pennsylvania and North avenues pic.twitter.com/lUKTHJaWiFApril 27, 2015
On the move. Still angry. Still throwing. pic.twitter.com/tUVDbhjNv9April 27, 2015
A police car has been set on fire at North Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue.April 27, 2015
Back up arrives. Moves down to Gwynns Fallsd pic.twitter.com/U8axOLzS8wApril 27, 2015
All out war between kids and police pic.twitter.com/19y4YJ2Y5XApril 27, 2015
A photographer was just assaulted. Horrible to watch.April 27, 2015
Officer is down. Badly injured. pic.twitter.com/5lCOTJMS2aApril 27, 2015
Officers still being pummeled with bricks, bottles.April 27, 2015
BCCC student Zachary Raeburn was trying to catch train when cops shot him w something pic.twitter.com/ye15fZWH6mApril 27, 2015