Political leaders and residents called the violence a tragedy for the city and lamented the damage done by the rioters to their own neighborhoods. But the vandalism also brought out a sense of civic pride and responsibility among many Baltimore residents, with hundreds of volunteers turning out to sweep the streets of glass and other debris with brooms and trash bags donated by hardware stores. It’s been two months since violent protests burned a path of destruction through some of Baltimore’s worst neighborhoods. With the city bracing for more trouble, several area colleges closed early Tuesday including Loyola University Maryland, Johns Hopkins University and Towson University. The looting and rock- and bottle-throwing by mostly black rioters broke out just hours after the funeral of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who suffered a fatal spinal cord injury while in police custody. Gray's neck and spine were injured while he was in a police vehicle and he went into a coma. Gov. where shootings and murders have reached record highs, “After Action Report” on the protests. 1:16. As Baltimore residents and leaders watch Minneapolis boil in the wake of George Floyd’s death in police custody, they cannot help but think back five years to the death … Community Rules apply to all content you upload or otherwise submit to this site. It features footage of areas that became focal points of … But a state of emergency remained in effect, with the city under a 10 p.m.-to-5 a.m. curfew. Yet one doesn’t get that sense driving the streets of West Baltimore. Seeing it doesn't feel like the city that I love," she said. Those issues were still present in 2015 after the death of Freddie Gray. Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement, Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement, and Your California Privacy Rights (each updated 1/1/21). m_gallery_json = "https://blog.gulflive.com/photogallery/8000516/17630771.json"; Batts countered by calling the claims “inaccurate and misleading” and admonishing the union for exceeding its authority by intruding into day-to-day police operations. They aren't making a statement. "You look around and see unemployment. Also, State Police said they were putting out a call for up to 500 additional law enforcement officers from Maryland and as many as 5,000 from around the mid-Atlantic region. April 28, 2015; ... detailed what it called “a frightful human toll” inflicted by … But the riots in Baltimore after the death of the 25-year-old Mr. Gray have overtaken that timeline. Police say the riots after Freddie Gray’s death emboldened criminals. It was the worst such violence in the U.S. since the unrest that erupted last year over the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed black 18-year-old shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. The same community they say they care about, they're destroying. The riots shed light on the fact that 17,000 Baltimore houses are vacant and in disrepair. The union accuses the mayor of issuing a “stand down” order that allowed the riots to escalate out of control—a charge she has steadfastly denied—and is seeking internal police documents and communication transcripts so it can conduct its own “After Action Report” on the protests. On walls and marquees across West Baltimore, Gray’s name shares space with signs calling for an end to the rash of violence that has plagued the city since May. Segregation and economic tensions led to civil unrest. It generally refers to the Baltimore Riot of 1861 (also known as the "Pratt Street Riots"), where a mob of Confederate Southern sympathizers attacked newly raised Union state militia troops transiting through the town on April 18–19, 1861 in some of the first bloodshed of the American … This is where we stand, and this is where people actually make a living.". He was held down, handcuffed and loaded into a police van. Violent riots in Baltimore as reaction to the death of Freddy Gray in custody. Six officers have been suspended with pay in the meantime. It's so much bigger than the police department," said Robert Stokes, 36, holding a broom and a dustpan on a corner where some of the looting and vandalism took place. Riots in Baltimore broke out days after Martin Luther King Jr.'s murder. "I am glad they're here, but it's hard to watch.". Residents are fed up with it all. Browse more videos. "We're going to make sure we get Baltimore back on track.". ", CVS store manager Haywood McMorris said the destruction didn't make sense: "We work here, man. “It’s the mayor’s fault, she told the police to stand down. Baltimore riots can refer to several incidents of civil unrest in Baltimore, Maryland's history. By Adam Marton. The day before, Police Commissioner Anthony Batts and FOP President Lieutenant Gene Ryan sparred in press releases over union allegations that police brass mishandled the protests and are intentionally withholding information from the FOP. No one denies the BPD has suffered from a morale problem since the riots, but police leaders take issue with the idea that their officers are intentionally shirking their duty. On April 12, 2015, Baltimore Police Department officers arrested Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old African American resident of Baltimore, Maryland. While scanner activity was brisk last weekend—with officers responding to calls in seemingly rapid-fire succession—there was little evidence that police are actively patrolling the streets, even in the highest crime areas. Death toll tises in Nepal, riots after funeral of Freddie Gray. In June, all six Baltimore Police Department officers who were indicted in Gray’s death pleaded not guilty to multiple charges and were ordered by a judge to stand trial on October 13 for crimes ranging from second-degree murder to misconduct in office. The violence set off soul-searching among community leaders and others, with some suggesting the uprising was about more than race or the police department -- it was about high unemployment, high crime, poor housing, broken-down schools, and lack of opportunity in Baltimore's inner-city neighborhoods. ... for peace and love in 2015. In the areas hardest hit by the rioting, dozens of looted stores remain boarded up. Gray was arrested April 12 after running away at the sight of police, authorities said. m_gallery_title = "Riots break out in Baltimore after Freddie Gray funeral"; By The Editorial Board. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Advance Local. While he waited to buy water ice from an elderly street vendor across from William Mcabee Park in Sandtown, Chris, a 37-year-old local, agreed that criminal elements in the community have become bolder since the April protests. Behind the riots in Baltimore, the Petraeus double standard, and more. “The slowdown has nothing to do with what the mayor is saying,” said one BPD commander who asked to speak to The Daily Beast anonymously because he’s not permitted to talk to the media. The governor had no immediate estimate of the damage. On April 6, 1968, just two days after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., riots broke out in Baltimore. She could have stopped this if she wanted to.”. (Mark Makela/Getty Images) By Melissa Clyne | Tuesday, 28 April 2015 10:40 AM What Came Before Baltimore’s Riots . In the 1992 Los Angeles riots, more than 50 people were killed in violence set off by the acquittal of four police officers who beat black motorist Rodney King. Rawlings-Blake said officials initially thought they had gotten the unrest under control. All rights reserved (About Us). BALTIMORE, April 28, 2015 07:56 IST Updated: April 21, 2016 05:07 IST Riots, looting in much of West Baltimore; violence breaks out after funeral of African-American man injured by police. Martin Luther King Jr.—say it’s time to turn those emotions toward reconciliation. Filling out job applications and being turned down because of where you live and your demographic. Larry Hogan said after a visit to a West Baltimore neighborhood where cars were burned and windows smashed. Rioters plunged part of Baltimore into chaos Monday, torching a pharmacy, setting police cars ablaze and throwing bricks at officers hours after thousands mourned the man who died from a severe spinal injury he suffered in police custody. Baltimore Riots 2015 Update: Police Announce Curfew In Effect After 'Victory Rally' For Freddie Gray Death By Jessica Menton @JessicaMenton 05/02/15 AT 10:00 PM Apr 28, 2015 at 12:30 PM . The death of Freddie Gray, who died in police custody, sparked rioting in Baltimore … Toll of the Baltimore riots, in part. Musicians played in the intersection, surrounded by an appreciative crowd, street vendors hawked bottles of water, and the 1,000 or so people largely ignored the line of police in riot gear stretched across West North Avenue. As he talked, the vendor—who would not give his name—and another waiting customer both nodded in agreement. A judge acquitted a police driver of all charges on Thursday in the death of 25-year-old arrested Freddie Gray, whose broken neck on the way to the station set off Baltimore's worst riots in … After two weeks of tension over the death of Freddie Gray, Baltimore descended into chaos on Monday. The mayor waited hours to ask the governor to declare a state of emergency, and the governor hinted she should have come to him earlier. Maryland National Guard spokesman Lt. Charles Kohler said that about 2,000 members would be deployed through the day and that the force could build to 5,000. Chris said he expects the violence will continue into the summer months. “As long as they plan to cash their paycheck, my expectation is that they work,” she said. Some black Baltimoreans who are old enough to remember the last time the city erupted into flames—in 1968 after the assassination of the Rev. “Right now we are trying to bring people together to work with police to try to heal and stop the violence.”. Protesters defy curfew and taunt police officers the night after citywide riots over the death of Freddie Gray on April 28, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. Gray shortly fell … With a war of words between the FOP and the Commissioner heating up, and police leadership caught in the middle, one comes away with a sense that Baltimoreans are probably right in bracing for a long, hot, deadly summer—no matter who they decide to blame. At the White House, President Barack Obama called the deaths of several black men around the country at the hands of police "a slow rolling crisis." In 1968, dozens died in riots, including several in Baltimore, after the assassination of civil … Homicides topped 300 for 10 consecutive years in the 1990s. “Whenever you have police officers get indicted the community always feels emboldened,” he said. Gray died on April 19. He was in good health when he was arrested. "We're not going to have another repeat of what happened last night," Maryland Gov. In June, all six Baltimore Police Department officers who were indicted in Gray’s death … m_gallery_pagetype = "embed"; BALTIMORE -- One person was critically injured in a fire and 20 officers were hurt after riots erupted following the funeral of a black man who died in … m_gallery = "rioting_breaks_out_in_baltimore_after_freddie_gray_funeral"; Some may never reopen. In the BPD’s defense, with the temperature in Baltimore now averaging above 80 at night, the darkened streets and alleys are teeming with so many people it’s difficult to comprehend what a proactive policing strategy might look like. Baltimore officers injured in riots; Nepal earthquake death toll tops 4,000; Colorado theater shooting trial starts: U.S. and World News Links Updated Jan 11, 2019; Posted Apr 27, 2015 Facebook Share "We were trying to get in touch with the mayor for quite some time," Hogan said. m_gallery_blog_id = "8000516"; "They aren't protesting. “Our reform efforts will very likely see more police officers arrested,” Batts wrote. Jascy Jones of Baltimore said the sight of National Guardsmen on the street gave her a "very eerie feeling. Last year the death toll attributed to drug related deaths (overdoses and the like) exceeded the murder rate; heroin careened to a whopping 143 overdose deaths alone, according to ABC2 on April 2nd; the article quotes City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen, “It’s … The 30-year veteran officer—who holds the rank of lieutenant—attributed the spike in crime to a sense of empowerment that resulted from the Gray affair rather than subordination. m_gallery_creation_date = "Monday, April 27, 2015, 5:52 PM"; They're stealing," Obama said. “They pulled back for a while but they’re starting to come back in now,” she said. 5 years ago 2 views. The mayor, state's attorney, police chief and City Council president are black, as is 48 percent of the police force. Gray was 25 years old. "We're helping the neighborhood build back up," she said. Police say the riots after Freddie Gray’s death emboldened criminals. And the Baltimore Orioles canceled their Tuesday night game at Camden Yards. At the beginning of June shootings were up more than 82 percent in 2015 over the prior year, and homicides have been hovering at 50 percent above 2014 levels, according to the most recent Comstat data. A large mural depicting Gray’s likeness at the corner of Fulton & Presbury in his neighborhood of Sandtown-Winchester calls on police to “Stop Killing Us” while making a plea to the community for peace and love in 2015. The uprising started in West Baltimore on Monday afternoon and by midnight had spread to East Baltimore and neighborhoods close to downtown and near the baseball stadium. The 2015 Baltimore unrest (also known as the Baltimore uprising) were protests that began on April 25, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland.The protests happened in response to the death of an African American man named Freddie Gray. "It's disruption of a community. The city of 622,000 is 63 percent black. He added: "This place is a powder keg waiting to explode.". Nowhere is the need for that more acute than in West Baltimore, where shootings and murders have reached record highs. © 2021 Advance Local Media LLC. “People are getting killed here every week,” he said, laying the blame squarely at City Hall. Almost as soon as she had taken her oath, there were signs that Baltimore … m_gallery_permalink = "http://photos.gulflive.com/8000516/gallery/rioting_breaks_out_in_baltimore_after_freddie_gray_funeral/index.html"; Playing next. But he added that there was "no excuse" for the violence in Baltimore, and said the rioters should be treated as criminals. National Guardsmen in helmets with face shields surrounded City Hall, standing behind bicycle-rack barriers. "She finally made that call, and we immediately took action.". Larry Hogan has set aside $94 million to … Martin Luther King Jr. At least six people died then, and some neighborhoods still bear the scars. You can't have it both ways," Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said. Fire officials said roughly 1,200 protesters gathered at City Hall Saturday afternoon to protest Gray's death, which has prompted near-daily demonstrations since his death on April 19. Scenes from Baltimore via social media: (If you're reading this on our app, please go here to view the map.). People hold hands during a rally at Baltimore City Hall on Sunday, May 3. A leaked autopsy report obtained this week by The Baltimore Sun shows that Gray died from a “high intensity” injury likely sustained as he was driven around unrestrained in the back of a police van. By Ellen Clegg Globe Staff, April 28, 2015, 7:27 a.m. Detective Rashawn Strong, a BPD spokesperson, said the department has no formal plans to modify its tactics as summer officially begins, but said that operational changes are often made in the field in as circumstances dictate. Baltimore riots 2015: 20 police officers injured, more than 200 people arrested Updated Jan 13, 2019; Posted Apr 28, 2015 Riots break out in Baltimore … Since the start of May there have been more than 60 murders in the city, many of them clustered in the Western District within a two-mile radius of the intersection of North and Pennsylvania avenues—where the charred shell of a looted CVS marks the epicenter of April’s unrest. All public schools were closed. Junior Kandi. April 28, 2015. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake greets a citizen the morning after citywide riots following the funeral of Freddie Gray, on April 28, 2015. He died a week later. When asked for their thoughts on what happened, many residents respond angrily, recounting how police stood by and watched their neighborhood burn. "They just outnumbered us and outflanked us," Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said. m_gallery_id = "17630771"; Baltimore agreed last year to pay a $6.4 million settlement with the family of Freddie Gray, whose death in custody sparked riots and looting in the gritty city … Asked why he thinks violent crime has spiked in the city since April, Corron—who is 14—said: “Because people know police aren’t gonna do anything.”. At a news conference on June 17 the mayor threatened to discipline officers who weren’t pulling their weight. As the day wore on, police fielded rumors of would-be rioters gathering at various places in and around Baltimore, but as of later afternoon, only a few scattered arrests were reported. Death toll tises in Nepal, riots after funeral of Freddie Gray. When the dust settled on April 7, three people were dead, 70 were injured and more than 100 had been arrested, and numerous buildings were burned and destroyed, according to Baltimore magazine. In the aftermath of the riots, state and local authorities found themselves facing questions about whether their initial response had been adequate. Baltimore, Maryland (PRWEB) April 17, 2015 The city of Baltimore is no stranger to addiction. Baltimore has historically been a violent city, earning a moniker of “Mob Town” during gang riots of the 1850s. Authorities said they are still investigating how and when he suffered the spinal-cord injury -- during the arrest or while he was in the van, where authorities say he was riding without being belted in, a violation of department policy. ", "It brought a tear to my eye. At least 20 officers were hurt, one person was critically injured in a fire, more than 200 adults and 34 juveniles were arrested, and nearly 150 cars were burned, police said. Report. The street corner where some of the worst violence occurred resembled a street festival more than anything else. Hundreds of State Police troopers and law officers from outside Baltimore poured into the city to help keep the peace. m_gallery_type = "photo"; Gallery: Riots break out in Baltimore after Freddie Gray funeral. On April 18, there were protests in front of the Western district police station. Keisha, a 30-year-old West Baltimore resident, said that police retreated from her neighborhood in the weeks after the April riots. Last Friday, Commissioner Batts fanned the flames even more with an op-ed calling out BPD officers who appeared in disguise in June on CNN to comment on the Gray riots and promising to crack down even harder on misconduct. While some sense of normalcy has returned to the streets, the legacy of Freddie Gray—whose death in police custody sparked the unrest—remains a defining feature of the landscape. The mayor blames the police. Leg cuffs were put on him when he became irate inside. Hogan said there are "a couple of thousand" National Guardsmen and police officers in Baltimore, with more on the way. This video series was filmed within a month after the Baltimore Riots of April 2015 following the death of Freddie Gray. Follow. Riots break out in Baltimore after Freddie Gray funeral. Note to readers: if you purchase something through one of our affiliate links we may earn a commission. Gray was arrested one week before that when officers chased him through a West Baltimore neighborhood and dragged him into a police van. With schools closed, Blanca Tapahuasco brought her three sons, ages 2 to 8, from another part of the city to help clean up the brick-and-pavement courtyard outside a looted CVS pharmacy in the hard-hit neighborhood where Gray was arrested. 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