I live in Baltimore City and most of the info going around is wrong. Here’s a list of things that’s happening:
There are currently 4 structures on fire
Police officers are using mustard gas against extremely violent rioters
There is a curfew placed, 14 year olds and under are to be indoors by 9 and everyone else in their homes by 10 until 5 am.
Police officers from all over the state are dressed in riot gear creating man made walls blocking rioters from going into communities.
Rioters and civilians damaged police cars and other cars, innocent bystanders were harmed along with police, some members of the Baltimore police department had burning trashcans, bottles and rocks thrown at them.
MTA was shut down between 4 and 5 in the afternoon
Some schools released students early in the city (mine didnt)
Baltimore City schools are closed tomorrow until further notice
Maryland is under a state of emergency with the national guard only a few short miles from my house
THESE EVENTS HAPPENING CURRENTLY ARE TO NO FAULT OF THE BALTIMORE CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT BUT OF THE PEOPLE WHO THINK THEY CAN CAUSE VIOLENT ACTS AND CALL IT JUSTICE.
Yes, the Freddie Gray case initiated the protesting, but they only wanted peaceful protesting against police brutality, not Ferguson all over again. What is happening now is a completely different issue than the police brutality with Freddie Gray. Baltimore city police officers and fire fighters are putting their lives on the line and all of the police officers are literally taking hits from rioters, doing nothing towards them but arresting them, and in extreme cases, tear gassing and pepper spraying them. So far, Freddie Gray’s death is the only recorded death caused by police brutality within the past week.