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(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.



Due to events outside Oriole Park at Camden Yards, spectators are asked to stay inside the stadium til further notice @Orioles @RedSox @MLB

— 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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