The city of Baltimore is still under siege as violent riots and protest took over the city on Monday night (Apr 27) after the funeral of citizen, Freddie Gray — who died in police custody a week after being arrested. According to various reports, the chaos started with school children who began spreading the word about joining in on a “purge” as a response to Mr. Gray’s death.
_“The violence appears to have begun inside the Mondawmin Mall. Erica Ellis, 23, who works in a Game Stop store there, said the mall was shut down at 2 p.m., not long after Mr. Gray’s funeral cortege left for his burial.” (NY Times)_
Around midnight, the riots and looting still raged on. The Boston Globe was giving live updates by the minute.
Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts says at least 15 officers have been injured, six seriously whom he visited at the city’s major trauma hospital. ‘‘I told them how proud I was of them and how courageous they were,’’ Batt says.He added that there have been a number of car fires and other fires in the streets and that law enforcement officers are still working to gain control over the situation.