State of Emergency and Curfew Declared in Baltimore After Violence Erupts During Funeral of Alleged Victim of Police Brutality
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04/28/2015 (United States) – Maryland State Governor Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency in Baltimore on Monday, 27 April, after riots erupted during the funeral of the alleged victim of police brutality earlier that day. An overnight curfew will be in place in the city from Tuesday, 28 April between 2200hrs to 0500hrs (0200 to 0900 UTC) for adults and 2100hrs to 0500hrs (0100 to 0900 UTC) for those aged 14 and younger. The restrictions on movement will reportedly be implemented for a week and will be extended when necessary. Members of the National Guard have also been activated as part of the state’s response to the rioting.
In addition, Baltimore Police have alerted law enforcement officials of heightened threat. According to police on Monday, the Criminal Intelligence Unit has gathered information indicating that various gangs, including the Black Guerrilla Family, Bloods and Crips, had agreed to work together to “take out” officers.
Riots and clashes between protesters and police erupted on Monday, as thousands joined the funeral for Freddie Gray, an African-American who died under mysterious circumstances while in police custody. The riots first broke out at a key city bus depot near the Mondawmin Mall, a shopping area located northwest of downtown Baltimore. The unrest later spread to another commercial area, which is a predominantly African-American neighbourhood.
At least 15 police officers have been reportedly wounded in the unrest while more than two dozen people have been arrested. The rioters reportedly set fire to a pharmacy and several police vehicles and looted several establishments in the city.
Those in Baltimore should stay abreast of the latest security-related developments through the local media and the city’s police department (http://www.baltimorepolice.org/), and heed further associated directives. Overland travel delays due to heightened security across the city should also be anticipated, and all forms of demonstrations and public gatherings should be avoided due to the risk of exposure to localised unrest. There is the potential for protests spread to other parts of the country.
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