Baltimore protests turn violent; police officers injured
Date: April 27, 2015
By Dana Ford, CNN
State and national leaders were weighing in on the violence in Baltimore late Monday.
“Today’s looting and acts of violence in Baltimore will not be tolerated. In response, I have put the Maryland National Guard on alert so they can be in position to deploy rapidly as needed,” said Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan.
“There is a significant difference between protesting and violence, and those committing these acts will be prosecuted under the fullest extent of the law,” the governor added.
Separately, President Barack Obama met with newly sworn in Attorney General Loretta Lynch at the White House, just hours after she was sworn in.
Attorney General Lynch assured the President that she would continue to monitor events in Baltimore and that the Department of Justice stands ready to provide any assistance that might be helpful there,” said a statement from the White House. “Earlier today, the President also spoke with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake about the ongoing situation in Baltimore.”
A riot erupted on the streets of Baltimore late Monday as protesters clashed with police, several of whom were injured.
“This afternoon, a group of outrageous criminals attacked our officers. Right now, we have seven officers that have serious injuries, including broken bones, and one officer who is unconscious,” Capt. Eric Kowalczyk told reporters.
He vowed to find the attackers and put them in jail.
Video showed police in riot gear taking cover behind an armored vehicle, as protesters pelted them with rocks.
At one point, it looked like officers used tear gas. The Baltimore Police Department said it had heard reports of protesters setting small items on fire, and footage showed a cruiser in flames.