Baltimore Is On Fire! The Killing Of Black Men By The Police Must STOP

Posted on April 29, 2015

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The killing of Black Men in this country by the police has got to stop!  A state of emergency has been declared in Baltimore after the city transformed into ‘an absolute war zone’ following the funeral of Freddie Gray.

More than 1,000 Maryland police officers, the Maryland National Guard, and 5,000 officers from neighboring states are on standby in the city and the president has been briefed on the situation as violence continues to escalate. It is the same level of reinforcement the city requested during the riots of 1968 after Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated.

The scenes of destruction were initially billed as anti-police protests to avenge the death of Freddie Gray, who suffered a fatal spinal cord injury in police custody on April 12.

But it rapidly mushroomed into uncontrolled riots.

Fifteen police officers have been injured, many suffering broken bones, and at least one appeared ‘unresponsive’. Two of the 15 are in hospital in a serious condition. At least 27 people have been arrested.

A $16 million nursing home built by a Baptist church, which was due to open in December after eight years of construction, has been burned to rubble on the city’s east side as violence spread from the west of the city. Just two blocks away, a housing development was also ablaze.

Officials feared the fires were sparked to pull emergency services from the west side of the city, where rioters continued to loot gun stores, check cashing stores, liquor stores and supermarkets well into Tuesday morning. Balaclava-clad mobs were seen ripping the doors off one rifle shop and passing weapons to people on the streets.

When a CVS pharmacy was set ablaze, rioters slashed fire fighters’ hoses as they tried to battle the flames.

Even as the governor of Maryland pledged the highest level of support available, police continued to be pelted with rocks and families were forced to flee their homes as fires spread from block to block.

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