Baltimore: Fires burned out of control in Baltimore on Monday night (April 27) after violent protests flared up across the city following the funeral of a black man who died after he was injured in police custody.
Local media reported that a structure that was intended to be a senior citizen home caught fire, but were unable to immediately confirm if the fire was directly related to the protests.
Local media reported that the Baltimore Fire Department was also battling several fires near the structure that proved difficult to extinguish due to heavy gusts of wind.
The riots broke out just a few blocks from the funeral of Freddie Gray and then spread through much of West Baltimore in the most violent U.S. demonstrations since looting in Ferguson, Missouri, last year.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard as firefighters battled blazes set by looters. Rioters with baseball bats smashed windows of cars outside major hotels.
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake called the rioters “thugs” and imposed a citywide curfew for adults beginning Tuesday night, with exceptions for work and medical emergencies. There is already a curfew for children, and officials have requested up to 5,000 additional law enforcement officers.
Gray’s death on April 19 reignited a public outcry over police treatment of African Americans that flared last year after the killings of unarmed black men in Ferguson, New York City and elsewhere.
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