State of Emergency in Baltimore. We’re turning to Baltimore voices on the uproar in the streets.
State of emergency in Baltimore. Two emergencies, maybe. The one in the streets right now. Rocks and riot and fires. Looting. National Guard called out. Police in riot gear all over, running, spraying. And the other, longer emergency, protesters say. Of communities without hope. Penned in and policed with a heavy hand. Then, a Freddie Gray dies in police custody. Video hits the web. And the place just goes off. We’re going to Baltimore voices today, to the heart of both emergencies. The whole country is watching, listening. This hour on On Point: Baltimore.
-- Tom Ashbrook
Natasha Pratt-Harris, criminal justice and sociology professor at Morgan State University in Baltimore.
From Tom’s Reading List
Baltimore Sun: Seven police officers injured in violent clash near Mondawmin Mall -- "Seven police officers were injured Monday afternoon in a violent clash with demonstrators that began near Mondawmin Mall and spread across West Baltimore. One officer was unresponsive and others suffered broken bones, police spokesman Eric Kowalczyk said. Smoke filled the air as police responded with shields and a tactical vehicle. Demonstrators pelted officers with rocks, bricks and bottles, and assaulted a photojournalist, and officers fired back with tear gas and pepper balls."
Washington Post: Protests continue in Baltimore; police say rocks, bricks thrown at officers — "Baltimore police on Monday afternoon clashed with small groups of young protestors who tossed rocks and bricks at officers and damaged police cruisers, injuring several officers. Police said that seven officers have been hurt in incidents near the Mondawmin Mall in the Reisterstown Road area. Some suffered broken bones and one officer was unresponsive, police said in an afternoon press conference."
NPR News: Freddie Gray's Funeral Spurs Calls For Calm In Baltimore — "Mourners who paid their respects to Gray before the service at the New Shiloh Baptist Church saw a large electronic billboard on the wall of the sanctuary that stated, 'Black Lives Matter.' Gray died on April 19 after an acute spinal cord injury left him in a coma. He had been arrested after a foot chase and placed in a police van. In the week after his death, protests grew larger and less peaceful."
This program aired on April 28, 2015.