Baltimore Police clash with Youths Near Freddie Gray’s Funeral | National Guard Enlisted with Curfew to Fight Riots & Looting!
Maryland’s governor enlisted the National Guard on Monday, while the city of Baltimore announced a curfew for all residents following a turbulent day that began after 25-year-old Freddie Gray – symbolizing the nation’s latest act of police brutality – was buried on Monday morning, New York Times reports.
The funeral of the young man who died from spinal cord injury while in police custody ended with rioting by rock-throwing youths, looting and at least 15 police officers were injured. According to New York Times as well, it was also reported that the University of Maryland which is located near the vicinity of the funeral was closed early following the riots. The other public place nearby, Mondawmin Mall was also closed. The police chief vowed to keep the situation under control and said that his officers will not hesitate to use tear gas to break up any rioting youths.
“We’re going to use appropriate measures to assure the safety of that community,”
Late in the afternoon, dozens of young people could be seen jumping on a police car and throwing rocks, boards and chunks of concrete. Some arrests were made. It was also reported that at the early Monday funeral service, thousands of people attended the funeral service for Freddie Gray and there were a lot of disenchantment about police brutality that resulted in his death.