A state of emergency has been declared in Baltimore, which is under curfew after protests turned violent in the wake of another African-American’s death in police custody.
The Maryland National Guard is also being deployed, with police arresting ever more people. At the same time, dozens of police officers are suffering injuries in clashes with rioters, with Baltimore’s police chief responding with tough talk of a clamp down on protesters.
Violence even broke out after the funeral of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who died of severe spinal injuries on April 19, a week after he was arrested and detained by Baltimore police.
Gray’s death while IN police custody sparked protests in the largely black city. With many arrests, police brutality and injuries to the police themselves before this latest violence, the provocation of this and other deaths such as those of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri; Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York and Walter Scott in North Charleston, South Carolina, have fueled the anger – and the riots.