Baltimore Gangs Join Forces With Protesters And Attack Officers
Several large groups of rioters are currently rampaging through West Baltimore. Several police officers in Baltimore have suffered major injuries, one of whom is unconscious and others with broken bones, during clashes with protesters on Monday.
— Global Grind (@GlobalGrind) April 27, 2015
Capt. Eric Kowalczyk described the protesters as “outrageous criminals.” Officers are working to restore order in the city but have held back from engaging the protesters further until reinforcements arrive. Capt. Kowalczyk stated “You’re going to see tear gas. You’re going to see pepper balls. We’re going to use appropriate methods to ensure that we’re able to preserve the safety of that community”.
Protesters are upset upset over the recent death of Freddie Gray, who recently died in police custody under questionable circumstances. Gray an African American man’s death has sparked protests that have been ongoing but now have turned violent. It is unclear who exactly the protesters are, however, police intelligence suggests that organized ganges are involved. The FBI is now investigating claims that local groups of Crips, Bloods and the Black Gorilla Family gangs are joining forces to stock violence. The fear is that once it gets dark the gang members will show up in force and may even outgun the police.
— Breaking News (@NewsOnTheMin) April 27, 2015
Throughout the day news networks have shown running street battles with protesters, looting, and police cars on fire. The Situation is ongoing and we will update you as things happen. Tweets by @BaltimorePolice
Police are being criticized for not actively engaging protesters.