Latest updates on Baltimore unrest and Freddie Gra...


Latest updates on Baltimore unrest and Freddie Gray case

Freddie Gray, 25, was arrested April 12 following a foot pursuit by officers in the Gilmor Homes area of West Baltimore, and he suffered a severe spinal injury while in police custody. His death a week later sparked protests over police brutality and unrest in the city — including looting and rioting — that drew international attention to the case. On April 27, riots erupted throughout the city; all told, 235 people were arrested, 20 police officers were injured, hundreds of businesses were damaged and 144 vehicles and 15 buildings were set on fire during the chaos that Monday evening. A citywide curfew was enacted and a state of emergency declared.

Below is The Sun's live blog coverage of the Baltimore unrest and riots. Live blog coverage began April 24 as police provided the first of many updates about the Gray investigation and continued until May 3, two days after Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby announced charges against the six officers.

April 27 riots coverage: Riots erupt: Baltimore descends into chaos, violence, looting | Baltimore rioting kicked off with rumors of 'purge' | Friends, family bid farewell to Freddie Gray | Damage and incidents of violence [Map] | Photo gallery | Video | Reader reaction [Map]

Key live blog updates:

April 25: Protesters clash downtown
April 27: Freddie Gray's funeral; first mentions of 'credible threats' and a 'purge' | Clashes with police at Mondawmin Mall, downtown | Police update: 'A trying and disappointing day'; pastors, Gray family speak on night of riots
April 28: Cleanup begins | Gang members call for peace | Tensions rise again | First night of curfew, unrest continues
May 1: State's Attorney announces charges against 6 officers

Visit our special section for the latest news and The Baltimore Sun's in-depth coverage on the Gray case and ensuing unrest.

  • At Baltimore City College High School, seniors Desmond Campbell and Briana Carrington hugged as they watched in their classroom the announcement that officers would be charged in Gray’s death.

    “I was feeling very liberated and vindicated – it literally could have been me,”  Campbell said. “This is such a powerful movement.

    Campbell said that while he didn’t condone the riots that caused some destruction in the city, he believed they were borne out of a “extreme amount of passion” that is often seen during revolutionary times and civil rights movements.

    “A lot of times people have to have riots for people to understand that we need a change,” he said.
      “For it happen this close to us, it’s just too close for comfort. It showed that we will not rest until we have justice.

    Carrington said she was simply overcome with emotion.

    “I was overwhelmed with emotion, with how necessary this was,” she said.
    “It got our point across. -- Erica L. Green
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