Monday, April 27, 2015

Baltimore on Fire

The historically relevant city of Baltimore in the USA is literally on fire as a result of protests fueled by the recent death of Freddie Gray. Gray died in police custody under circumstances that remain unclear. His death has sparked ongoing protests in Baltimore and raised long-simmering tensions between police and residents. Chaos and violence erupted on the streets of Baltimore late Monday as protesters clashed with police, several of whom were injured.

"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,

Video showed police in riot gear taking cover behind an armored vehicle, as protesters pelted them with rocks. At one point, it looked like officers used tear gas. The Baltimore Police Department said it had heard reports of protesters setting small items on fire, and footage showed a cruiser in flames.

Video also showed people looting local stores, and an area CVS Pharmacy was set on fire after it was ransacked. Thick dark smoke filled the streets.

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