God Bless our #GoodPolice but the #BadCops Have-2-Go! #NoMorePoliceSexualAbuse & we MUST have Fair & Impartial Investigations of ALL Reported Police Misconducts! All of them! No more "We have no jurisdiction" as our Innocent Citizens suffer & our #BadCops move on to the next Innocent Citizen #NoMore
Miss Bren's Law 04-28-2015 "Two Wrongs Do Not Make A Right" Baltimore Mom Catches Son Rioting, Beats Him on National TV, Hailed as “Mom of the Year” Right On Mom! and now- MANY Moms are stepping up saying the same things this mom is... We do not want our Sons killed- But we also do not want our sons out there hurting our #GoodPolice And MANY Citizens are saying the same... I've not heard the term #GoodPolice so much in my LIFE as I am now. This situation seems to be 2-fold. Yes! it is clear.. citizens are fed up with the #BadCopshurting us. At the same time... Citizens (who feel just as I do) are showing the heart emoticon for our #GoodPolice
Bren LareeI know you agree w/this Seattle Cop Block - Went through HELL and Still Am WA Secretary of State but I made it all the way to Patty Murray in Seattle about stopping #PoliceSexualAbuse - Not going to stop now! I started this in 2010 when Secretary of State Sam Reed was still in office. I'm 100% Democrat but OMG I Love & Respect (R) Sam Reed! He showed me nothing but pure#Respect and appreciation for what I am fighting for~ Sam Reed & Ingrid Pharris are 2-reasons I've never given up Governor Jay Inslee & NEVER WILL#NoMorePoliceSexualAbuse & FAIR - Impartial invistigations of ALL REPORTED POLICE MISCONDUCTS! All reports, Gov Inslee... Not just the ones the PD's can't ignore or PAY OFF (Cheap) with Civil Lawsuits! WA State MUST take a stand and say NO MORE POLICE SEXUAL ABUSE OF OUR INNNOCENT CITIZENS! WE WILL NOT TOLERATE THAT BEHAVIOR IN OUR STATE~ It's LONG overdue, Gov Governor Jay Inslee And I am Living Proof of it
God Knows I have every reason to enjoy this -Survivor #PoliceSexualAbuse - but I DO NOT! Our #GoodPolice are suffering because of the #BadCops just as the citizens are. Punishing ALL #LEOS for the actions of the #BadCops is NO DIFFERENT then when the #BadCops Punish ALL CITIZENS for the actions of the Bad Citizens... Mother always said... Two Wrongs Do NOT make a Right & #BlueLives matter just as much as any other life
Ryan J. Reilly is a D.C.-based reporter who covers the Justice Department and the Supreme Court for The Huffington Post. He has covered federal law enforcement and legal news since 2009, previously reporting for Talking Points Memo and MainJustice.com. He can be reached at email@example.com and is on Twitter @ryanjreilly
Kowalczyk said that police would respond to bring the riots under control. "You're gonna see tear gas, you're gonna see pepper balls," he said.
Gray suffered a fatal spinal injury after police took him into custody this month for running away. Officers placed him in the back of a police van, but didn't buckle him in, violating department policy. Police said Gray should have been treated for his medical needs at the scene of his arrest, but wasn't.
CAPTION:Sam Wirtz, an employee at the 7-11 at Centre and Charles Street, looks at the damage caused by vandals on Monday, April 27, 2015, in Baltimore. (Lloyd Fox/Baltimore Sun/TNS via Getty Images)
CAPTION: Alvaro Roman, the brother of the owner of Ted's Music on Centre Street, looks at the damage caused by vandals on Monday, April 27, 2015, in Baltimore. (Lloyd Fox/Baltimore Sun/TNS via Getty Images)
CAPTION: Looters empty the CVS at Pennsylvania and North Avenues during riots on Monday, April 27, 2015, in Baltimore. (Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun/TNS via Getty Images)
CAPTION: Damage to stores along Centre Street in Baltimore after protesters clashed with police around the city on Monday, April 27, 2015. (Lloyd Fox/Baltimore Sun/TNS via Getty Images)-- Igor Bobic
CAPTION: Firefighters battle a blaze, Monday, April 27, 2015, after rioters plunged part of Baltimore into chaos, torching a pharmacy, setting police cars ablaze and throwing bricks at officers. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
CAPTION: An officer stands near a blaze, Monday, April 27, 2015, after rioters plunged part of Baltimore into chaos, torching a pharmacy, setting police cars ablaze and throwing bricks at officers. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
CAPTION: WASHINGTON, USA - APRIL 27: Fire Fighter attempt to put out a building that was set on fire during riots in Baltimore, USA on April 27, 2015. Protests following the death of Freddie Gray from injuries suffered while in police custody have turned violent with people throwing debris at police and media and burning cars and businesses. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Attorney General Loretta Lynch released the following statement:
“I condemn the senseless acts of violence by some individuals in Baltimore that have resulted in harm to law enforcement officers, destruction of property and a shattering of the peace in the city of Baltimore. Those who commit violent actions, ostensibly in protest of the death of Freddie Gray, do a disservice to his family, to his loved ones, and to legitimate peaceful protestors who are working to improve their community for all its residents.
“The Department of Justice stands ready to provide any assistance that might be helpful. The Civil Rights Division and the FBI have an ongoing, independent criminal civil rights investigation into the tragic death of Mr. Gray. We will continue our careful and deliberate examination of the facts in the coming days and weeks. The department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services has also been fully engaged in a collaborative review of the Baltimore City Police Department. The department’s Community Relations Service has already been on the ground, and they are sending additional resources as they continue to work with all parties to reduce tensions and promote the safety of the community. And in the coming days, Vanita Gupta, head of the Civil Rights Division, and Ronald Davis, Director of Community Oriented Policing Services, will be traveling to Baltimore to meet with faith and community leaders, as well as city officials.
“As our investigative process continues, I strongly urge every member of the Baltimore community to adhere to the principles of nonviolence. In the days ahead, I intend to work with leaders throughout Baltimore to ensure that we can protect the security and civil rights of all residents. And I will bring the full resources of the Department of Justice to bear in protecting those under threat, investigating wrongdoing, and securing an end to violence.”
National Guard Maj. Gen. Linda Singh said during a press conference that a "full complement" of 5,000 troops will be available to patrol the streets of Baltimore. Singh noted that the "massive force" isn't a declaration of martial law, which would mean that the military took complete control of the city.
"We urge people to take cover for the night, and get some sleep and rest and let things settle down so we can restore order to the city," she said. "This is not martial law."
Maryland Gov. Mike Hogan (R) spoke Monday night after declaring a state of emergency, saying it was necessary to deploy the National Guard in Baltimore.
“Look, people have the right to protest and express their frustration," Hogan said. "But Baltimore city families deserve peace and safety in their communities. These acts… cannot and will not be tolerated."
Hogan noted he spoke with President Barack Obama Monday evening about the protests.
Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) issued a statement Monday on violent demonstrations that followed Freddie Gray's funeral.
"Violence is unacceptable no matter who does it," she said. "Vandalism is unacceptable no matter who does it."
Mikulski, a Baltimore native, also called for a federal investigation into Gray's death.
"I've offered our support to our Mayor. I've asked the Justice Department for an independent investigation that will utilize the forensic capability of the federal government to determine the cause of Freddie Gray's death."
She continued: "It's time for calm. It's time for the kids to go home. It's time to remember the vast majority of Baltimore's citizens are law abiding."
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said a weeklong curfew will be "extended as necessary." The emergency measure adds to an existing curfew for children 14 and younger, starting at 9 p.m. nightly.
"What we see tonight ... is very disturbing," she said. "It is very clear that there’s a difference between what we saw last week between the peaceful protests … and the thugs, who only want to incite violence and destroy our city.
"I'm a life-long resident of Baltimore. Too many generations have spent their lives building up this city to have it destroyed by thugs, who in a very senseless way are trying to tear down what so many have fought for."
A CCTV America cameraman covering the unrest in Baltimore was robbed and attacked by protesters, the network's Jim Spellman reported. Spellman posted a brutal image of the journalist's injuries to Twitter:
CCTV -- China Central Television -- is China's predominant state-run broadcaster.
Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), a likely presidential contender, issued a statement Monday urging the City of Baltimore to "come together" in the face of violent protests following the funeral of Freddie Gray.
"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 and his family," said O'Malley, who previously served as mayor of Baltimore.
"We must come together as one City to transform this moment of loss and pain into a safer and more just future for all of Baltimore's people," he added.
Firefighters prepare to put out a fire at a store, Monday, April 27, 2015, during unrest following the funeral of Freddie Gray in Baltimore. Gray died from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a Baltimore Police Department van. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
About a mile from the Mondawmin mall, chaos enveloped the area around West North and Pennsylvania avenues, where the flaming wreckage of several vehicles and a burning CVS drugstore filled the air with smoke.
Riot police held their lines as protestors continued to throw rocks and bottles.
Looters walked out of the CVS with armfuls of stuff merchandise before the smoke got too intense and firefighters arrived. HuffPost also saw looters ransacking a corner store.
Crowds of people lined the sidewalks, some drinking.
Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.), chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, said in a statement Monday that he understands the anger over Freddie Gray's death, but that violence does nothing to ensure that justice is served.
"Members of the Congressional Black Caucus offer our deepest sympathies to the family of Freddie Gray and the Baltimore community during this difficult time. We call for peaceful protests so that additional lives are not lost. We understand people are angry and that the community is upset, but violence only distracts us from the justice we seek. Violence does not lead to justice.
“The Department of Justice has opened an investigation into the cause of Mr. Gray’s death and the CBC supports that investigation. We all play a critical role in helping restore trust in law enforcement and our justice system. The CBC will continue to work with federal, state and local governments to ensure this system is fair and impartial. African Americans deserve to be treated equally before the law.”
Hours after speaking at Freddie Gray's memorial service, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) was standing on the street trying to make sense of the violence and destruction that came in response to the tragedy.
"I think people are just very, very upset," Cummings said on CNN. "They are upset, certainly, about Mr. Gray's death."
Cummings, who represents Baltimore in Congress, said people are looking for "a lot of answers" on why Gray died in police custody.
"Mr. Gray was arrested without force or without incident," he said. "Then the public finding out he had a broken neck, a crushed larynx and a splintered spinal cord, and then he died a week later. That really kind of upset people."
Cummings said he wasn't sure who was behind the rioting. Some may be people genuinely angry about Gray's death, he said, and others may be people trying to take advantage of "what has become a kind of chaotic situation the police are trying to keep under control."
He gave credit to the police for using restraint against protesters, even as people threw glass bottles and rocks at them. He said he thinks the police are "slowly but surely" getting control of the situation as nightfall approaches, when the situation could significantly worsen.
White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett called Cummings earlier Monday and told him the president will help however he can. She also promised that the Justice Department will be looking into the Baltimore police department's handling of Gray.
"It's very unfortunate," Cummings said, looking around the street. "I did not think it would come to this."
Smoke billows from a CVS Pharmacy store in Baltimore on Monday. Demonstrators clashed with police after the funeral of Freddie Gray. Gray died from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a Baltimore Police Department van. (AP Photo/Juliet Linderman)
A police officer throws an object at protestors, Monday, following the funeral of Freddie Gray in Baltimore. Gray died from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a Baltimore Police Department van. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Baltimore police officers stand guard outside of Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Monday, in Baltimore. The baseball game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago White Sox has been postponed. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
David Simon, creator of the Baltimore-centric HBO series "The Wire," addressed Monday's clashes and urged an end to the violence in a blog post:
Yes, there is a lot to be argued, debated, addressed. And this moment, as inevitable as it has sometimes seemed, can still, in the end, prove transformational, if not redemptive for our city. Changes are necessary and voices need to be heard. All of that is true and all of that is still possible, despite what is now loose in the streets.
But now — in this moment — the anger and the selfishness and the brutality of those claiming the right to violence in Freddie Gray’s name needs to cease. There was real power and potential in the peaceful protests that spoke in Mr. Gray’s name initially, and there was real unity at his homegoing today. But this, now, in the streets, is an affront to that man’s memory and a dimunition of the absolute moral lesson that underlies his unnecessary death.