(BALTIMORE) — An otherwise peaceful demonstration turned violent in the streets of Baltimore Saturday night, as some protesters, angry over the death 25-year-old Freddie Grey while in police custody, broke shop windows and fought with police.
Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said officers made 12 arrests after a small group of protesters got violent outside of Camden Yards, prompting a request by the Baltimore Orioles that fans stay inside for a time after the ten-inning game with the Red Sox.
“Officers went in, two arrest teams, and arrested a total of 12, not all at the same time, individually pulling out those people who were a part of the problem in the crowd,” Batts said.
We have made approximately 12 arrests this evening. We continue to deploy resources to keep everyone safe.
— Baltimore Police (@BaltimorePolice) April 26, 2015
Aerial footage from television helicopters showed some protesters smashing out police car windows and storefronts near Camden Yards, where the Orioles were playing a game against the Red Sox. In the game’s ninth inning, the ballpark’s digital scoreboard asked the crowd to remain inside until further notice while police got the situation under control.
— Baltimore OEM (@BaltimoreOEM) April 26, 2015
Citing public safety concerns, the University of Maryland Baltimore also ordered its students to shelter in place Saturday night during the protest, sending out a campus-wide alert warning “Do not leave buildings.”
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said she was disappointed with the small group of what she called agitators, and said violence was unacceptable.
“Now is a time of calm – for peace and for prayer,” she said.
At a news conference late Saturday evening, Grey’s twin sister Fredricka pleaded for peace.
“Freddy’s father and mother does not want no violence – – violence does not get justice,” Grey said.
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