Tonight, we report from Baltimore where the governor of Maryland has declared a state of emergency and the mayor of Baltimore has announced a week-long curfew beginning tomorrow night. A cure few that... See More
Tonight, we report from Baltimore where the governor of Maryland has declared a state of emergency and the mayor of Baltimore has announced a week-long curfew beginning tomorrow night. A cure few that cannot come soon enough. Tonight, we have witnessed lawlessness and chaos on the streets as the violence escalates, despite calls for peace. All of this in the wake of today's funeral for a young man who died of severe injuries while in police custody. Baltimore is burning after a day of looting, rioters clashing violently with police. Tonight a community center in flames lights up the city as police and community activists -- seems to have taken back the streets, lost to chaos earlier today. Rioters armed with gas masks, ready for a fight. The police force under siege. At least 15 officers injured. The mayor taking to the streets tonight to condemn those responsible. Baltimore is much better than what you are seeing today. Reporter: As the fires continue to burn, people here left asking if the police have done enough and whether this violence is really about the death of 25-year-old Freddie gray. On Sunday, April 12th, gray was taken in to police custody. The arrest once again captured by a bystander's cell phone. Gray seemingly in pain and screaming, unable to walk. As officers drag him in to a transport van. Reportedly when he arrived at the police station a half hour later, he was unable to breathe or talk. Medics rushed him to the hospital. A few days later he slipped in to a coma and later died from a severe spinal injury. So far, there have been manufacture questions than answers regarding his death. It is unclear why gray was arrested. According to the police report, gray fled unprovoked upon noticing police presence. The bigger question for investigators and the public is what happened to him in the moments right after he was taken in to custody? Protesters claim gray may have been put through WHA is known in Baltimore as a rough ride. Officers allegedly using sudden stops and sharp turns to injure suspects. Commissioner Anthony bass confirming gray was not wearing a seat belt. Six Baltimore officers have been suspended with pay while the police carry out a criminal investigation. Investigators are still searching for this man seen in surveillance video released overnight calling him a potential witness. Today gray was laid to rest. At his funeral, his family, pastors and community leaders called for peace but the calls have not been heeded by some. After ten days of peaceful protests. This is a grieving family that deserves answers for their son. Reporter: Today a small group of agitators became violent, targeting police with bricks and burning abandoned squad cars. Two police officers remain hospitalized. The police response growing over the day. Protective measures taken. The orioles baseball game cancelled and a city-wide curfew in place tomorrow starting at 10:00 P.M. Public schools closed and many reclaiming the streets. Two hours ago, 200 ministers and community leaders joined together to March, crying out for peace and condemning the actions of a small but angry few. Equal justice for everybody. Reporter: In the church where Freddie gray was mourned earlier today, transformed in to command central for those who want to put the fires out. A mix of ministers and men young and old. It is a rare meeting of the spirit and street of Baltimore who have come together to bring calm to their city. The Numbers on the street tonight are telling of the deep, long documented tensions between the Baltimore public and police. When I was in Baltimore last year, I spent several days and nights on the streets with police. I had a first-hand look at the palpable distrust between the public and police. What role if any, does race play in the dynamic in Baltimore. We have to let race go. We joke that no one is white and black. We're blue. I did ask you a question, right? They don't look at us as people. They see the uniform and think of police officers. The pedestrians that want to walk through get arrested the most. Reporter: Baltimore is different than Ferguson, Missouri. The tension here isn't just about race. The police department is 41% black. The commissioner and mayor both african-american. Look at this, one of the many cameras set up across the city captures a black police officer punching a black man. The officer was charged with assault and is on leave. The latest in a series of questionable encounters. The city of baltimore phasaid out $5.7 million in the last four years to settle more than 100 cases of alleged police brutality. It is black and white or black versus blue? I think both. The legacy of race still exists? It does. The level of trust has increased but it continues to take dips down. A lot of people are doing the sort of things that need to be done. Reporter: He grew up in Baltimore a high school dropout and now the former head of the naacp, he has seen the city from many vantage points. We had tough police commissioners that would bust your head, throw you in jail, plant drugs on you. Lock you up for no reason. This area is gorgeous. Reporter: When we spoke this summer, commissioner bass was working to change the narrative. I think in certain parts of the community we are seen as occupy army. We have to be honest and open and change that. I have to give the officers the skills and abilities to shift and change that. Opening up conversations, communication and you hear me say this a lot, and listen, listen to the people. In a city with such a tumultuous history these conversations take time. Today it seems the riders in Baltimore aren't interested in this conversation. Tonight much of the violence is concentrated in a few neighbors in west Baltimore where demonstrators locked up the street by setting police cars and debris on fire. Police officers in riot gear standing guard. Dr. King said in 1966, the riot is the language of the unheard. Tonight, city officials in Baltimore and the clergy are listening.
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