Rioters clashed with police in Baltimore on the day of Freddie Gray’s funeral, a black man who died after sustaining fatal spinal-damage while in custody.
“This afternoon, a group of outrageous criminals attacked our officers. Right now, we have seven officers that have serious injuries, including broken bones, and one officer who is unconscious,” Captain Eric Kowalczyk told reporters.
Multiple police vehicles have been torched as mobs gather throughout the city, including the Mondawmin Mall west of downtown.
“I strongly condemn the actions of the offenders who are engaged in direct attacks against innocent civilians, businesses and law enforcement officers,” said Maryland Governor Larry Hogan in a statement. “There is a significant difference between protesting and violence and those committing these acts will be prosecuted under the fullest extent of the law.”
Governor Hogan has put the National Guard on alert in case they need to be called in and 42 State Troopers have been deployed to Baltimore with another 40 on stand-by.
Freddie Gray was taken into custody on April 12 when he ran from police who later found a knife on his person.
When he was loaded into a police van, he had trouble to walk, and by the time he reached the police station he was unable to talk or breathe.
Freddie Gray died on April 19 of a partially severed spinal cord.
Below, you can see raw footage of protesters attacking police cars with rocks.
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