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Baltimore on alert after rioting
28 Apr 2015 13:01
A state of emergency has been declared in Baltimore after violent protests over the death of a black man who was fatally injured while in police custody.
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The US National Guard is to be deployed after 15 police officers were injured when rioters looted businesses and set buildings and vehicles ablaze.
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The protests followed the funeral of 25 year-old Freddie Gray, who died of serious spinal injuries.
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Former Maryland governor and Baltimore mayor Martin O’Malley has cancelled his two-day trip to Ireland to return to the city.
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I'm saddened that the City I love is in such pain this night. All of us share a profound feeling of grief for Freddie Gray & his family(1/2)</p>— Martin O'Malley (@GovernorOMalley) April 27, 2015 <p>Firefighters battled several blazes yesterday evening, including a fire under investigation that consumed a church's senior centre under construction in East Baltimore.
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Police said looting and assaults against officers continued into the night.
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Some of our injured officers from earlier have been treated & released from the hospital. Several are still being treated for injuries.</p>— Baltimore Police (@BaltimorePolice) April 28, 2015 <p>Maryland Governor Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency and sent in the National Guard.
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Police made at least 27 arrests and Baltimore schools will be shut today.
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Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake imposed a citywide curfew beginning tonight, with exceptions for work and medical emergencies.
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Mr Gray's death on 19 April 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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But after several days of peaceful protests over his death, things turned violent yesterday.
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Mayor Rawlings-Blake called the looters "thugs" and said they had nothing to do with protests over police brutality.
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