Tonight Baltimore's streets were flooded with protestors and police after 25-year-old Freddie Gray, a victim of police brutality that resulted in the suspension of six officers, was laid to rest at his funeral. Hours into the protest, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency, called in the National Guard, and imposed a 10 p.m. curfew. Baltimore Police captain Eric Kowalczyk meanwhile told a press conference," We will find the people that are responsible and we will put them in jail... Right now, it's a group of lawless individuals with no regard for the safety of the people who live in that community." For those on the ground though, the scene looked a lot different than Kowalczyk's description. While there were reported instances of looting and protestors throwing objects at police, pictures taken by those in the crowd also showed another side where police pushed protestors, hurled teargas canisters and pepper balls into the crowd, and even threw bricks at children. To give a more balanced account of what went down in Baltimore, we rounded up images and social media posts from the scene.
April 27, 2015