Baltimore Maryland Fires, Protests, Police Injured, State of Emergency, Media Attacked

Senior center fire when rioting erupted on the streets of Baltimore on Monday April 27, 2015 — the day of Freddie Gray’s funeral. The senior center was a new building scheduled to open soon.

CVS set on fire during Baltimore riots with media threatened and told to leave on Monday April 27, 2015.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) has declared a state of emergency and activated the state’s National Guard in response to the violent unrest and rioting that is gripping the streets of Baltimore.

Baltimore police car set on fire at North Avenue and Pennsylvania.

Protests turned violent on Monday after the funeral for Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died after suffering an injury in West Baltimore police custody on April 12, 2015. According to his family, Gray’s spine was “80% severed” at his neck, he had three fractured vertebrae, and his larynx was crushed. Gray was transported to the University of Maryland R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, in a coma within an hour of being taken into police custody Gray died on April 19, 2015 after emergency surgery.

The Baltimore Police Department suspended six officers pending an investigation of Gray’s death, and have acknowledged that police failed to get him medical attention in a timely manner multiple times and did not follow procedure when officers failed to buckle Gray in the van while he was being transported to the police station

New Protests April 27, 2015
15 officers have been hospitalized
27 people have been arrested
Curfew Tuesday night at 10 p.m. Citizens ordered off street 1p PM to 5 AM (unless medical emergency or commuting to work)
5,000 law enforcement officers from Mid-Atlantic cities requested as reinforcement

Rioters are known to have set at least two major fires — a CVS and a newly-constructed senior center. Rioter punctured fire hoses at the scene of the CVS fire to hamper firefighting operations. A third fire at a newly constructed church is also burning, but as of 9:30 p.m. ET had not yet been connected to rioting.




On Sunday, Freddie Gray police brutality protesters in Baltimore assaulted and robbed Paulina Leonovich, a producer for RT’s Ruptly video agency. Surrounding Leonovich and making obscene gestures into her camera, the group of youths threatened her and then one snatched her bag of equipment. Leonovich took off in pursuit, and eventually retrieved her gear after police tackled the robber.

Baltimore is the 26th most populated city in the United States and the largest city in the state Maryland. Baltimore is the largest independent city, which means it is the largest city in the United States that does not belong to a county.

The law enforcement closest to the rioting are the Baltimore City Police Department, the Maryland Transportation Authority Police, Baltimore City Sheriff’s Office, the Baltimore County Sheriff’s Office (jurisdiction in area that surrounds the City of Baltimore), and the Maryland State Police.

The Maryland State Police are located about 11 miles northwest of downtown Baltimore, and about 6 miles northwest of the Mondawmin neighborhood on the northwest side of Baltimore.