Reports of looting, riots, assaults, vandalism and robberies during Friday’s Baltimore protest for the killing of Freddie Gray.
By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
Baltimore, Maryland – At least a dozen people were arrested after a violent and destructive riot ignited near the end of what was suppose to be a peaceful gathering to seek justice for Freddie Gray, 25, an Afro-American who was murdered by police. It is still unclear why Gray was stopped, severely beaten and resulting with a broken spine. He later died from the injuries.
Seven Baltimore police officers connected to Gray’s homicide have been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the homicide investigation.
Hundreds of protesters gathered yesterday near the Baltimore stadium when Black anarchists began to break the windows of civilian vehicles, police squad cars and beat other people in the protest. In some cases, Black anarchists attacked and beat Whites who joined the peaceful protest to seek justice for Gray. The Black anarchists even turned on other Blacks trying to calm them down or attempting to stop them from committing crimes against their own community members.
Most of the peaceful protesters criticized the anarchists for tainting the peaceful protest. Police were tolerant even when anarchists threw bottles, debris and other items at them. They were verbally cursed with profanity and had the middle finger (bird) thrown at them.
Most of the Ustream TV recorded videos were removed to prevent identifying anarchists and gangs engaging in violent crimes during the Gray protest. Some reporters at the protest were assaulted and had their cameras damaged by the anarchists.