Police and protesters clash in Baltimore after protests over the death of Freddy Gray turn violent
(INTELLIHUB) —What started as a series of peaceful rallies held to protest the circumstances surrounding the death of Freddy Gray turned into chaos when groups of protesters turned violent, attacking police and harassing stunned baseball fans outside Camden Yards.
Thousands of protesters took to the streets of downtown Baltimore in what was originally a peaceful rally at city hall to protest the death of Gray, who died last Sunday from spinal injuries and whose death has added fuel to the racial fire just months after Ferguson.
“The mood shifted dramatically when several scores of protesters moved on to the Camden Yards baseball stadium, an hour before the scheduled start of a Baltimore Orioles-Boston Red Sox game,” reported the Associated Press.
“Clashes have broken out in Baltimore’s Camden Yards as demonstrators began throwing bottles at police and smashing cars. Thousands of marchers took to the streets to protest the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who died after being detained by police.”
Over 1,500 protesters gathered near the spot that Gray was arrested at on April 12th and eventually moved to city hall where they replaced the American flag with a black and white flag in apparent protest of the country itself.
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“The Baltimore PD were out in force and had been keeping a watchful eye over the protesters. Some of the demonstrators had urged law enforcement officers to “stand down,” while they were also holding placards and shouting, “hands up, don’t shoot” at the cops. Chants of “Freddie, Freddie” could also be heard from the sizable number of demonstrators,” reported RT.
Fans at the Baltimore Orioles baseball game taking place at Camden Yards as the protests raged outside were temporarily forced to stay inside the stadium after an announcement came over the loudspeaker that informed them that for safety reasons the Mayor of Baltimore was “asking” everyone to stay inside and not attempt to leave.
Before the game even started fans at or near the bars outside of the stadium found themselves in the crosshairs of the protesters.
Breitbart reporter Matthew Boyle was in attendance and his report on the mayhem and violence targeted at random baseball fans by a small segment of the protesters is horrific. Fans were attacked with beer bottles, cans, and other projectiles for no apparent reason.
All of a sudden—literally as my brother and I walked out of Bullpen—everything went haywire. What were peaceful marchers holding up signs turned into violent rioters. Innocent fans standing by were confronted by the rioters, who physically and verbally threateningly engaged many of them—and then the protesters got even more violent.
All of a sudden, beer bottles and cans, and other projectiles were lobbed by the protesters into the crowds of fans. To get those projectiles, the protesters stole them forcibly from the bartenders and vendors set up outside each of those three bars. One beer can whizzed by my brother’s face, missing him by about six inches, and more flew all over the crowded area.
The crowd of protesters then stopped a blue station wagon carrying a white family as they tried to drive past Pickles, Bullpen and Sliders along a narrow one-way stretch between the bars and the main road. As a horde of them smashed their open and closed fists on the hood of the car—while impeding them by standing in front of them—the driver backed up on the one way pass in a desperate attempt to get out of dodge. Then, stopped on the other side with nowhere to go, protesters ripped open the passenger door of the car and began reaching around inside the vehicle. As hundreds of people looked on, including several police officers who didn’t engage the violent protesters, the white woman in the front seat—middle-aged and a little heavyset with dark hair—was visibly terrified. The group of black men who ripped open the car door suddenly realized they were separated from the larger group of protesters and abandoned their quest to seemingly either carjack the station wagon or rob the people inside in front of hundreds, driving out of the one-way street back onto the main road and presumably out of dodge.
As projectiles continued flying everywhere from each part of the crowd—like a war-zone—another black man then charged into the crowd of Red Sox and Orioles fans standing outside Pickles Pub and tore the metal barricades apart throwing them into the now-crowded one-way pass where the assaulted station wagon was a moment ago.
My brother, at this point, was screaming at the group of five or so police officers. “Why aren’t you doing anything? They’re hurting people! They’re hurting people! They’re violent!” he yelled at them as they continued ignoring him and not engaging or attempting to stop the violence. (emphasis mine)
The alternative media was out in full force, with multiple independent news outlets and individuals documenting the protests, bypassing the corrupt mainstream media and bringing power to the people through live on the scene video reporting.
Talk show host and independent journalist Pete Santilli livestreamed the protests throughout the day, releasing numerous raw, uncut videos that provide a much deeper look into the days events than a two minute news clip ever could.
Baltimore Protest Outside City Hall: Bullhorns and Barricades
Baltimore Protest Footage: Riot Police Presence Incites Pete To Demand For Justice
BALTIMORE: 11PM(est) RIOT POLICE/PROTESTERS COLLIDE
Although the protests turned violent and attacking innocent sports fans is indefensible, the fact remains that many of the over 1,000 who were protesting had valid points when it comes to police in America.
With the rise of the warrior cop, Americans are being killed or hurt by police like never before. The key going forward is to somehow separate the racial component of the protests as the facts show that all races are being hurt by the police.
Pete Santilli Show – Livestream from Baltimore