Police and protesters clash again


Published: Wednesday 29th April 2015 by The News Editor

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Police officers behind riot shields hurled smoke grenades at dozens of protesters to enforce a citywide curfew, imposed after the worst outbreak of rioting in Baltimore since 1968.

Demonstrators threw bottles at police, and picked up the smoke canisters and hurled them back at officers.

No immediate arrests or serious injuries were reported, and the crowd rapidly dispersed. It was down to just a few dozen people within minutes.

The clash came after a day of high tension but relative peace in Baltimore, as thousands of police officers and National Guardsmen poured into the city to prevent another round of rioting like the one that rocked the city on Monday.

It was the first time since the assassination of the Rev Martin Luther King Jr in 1968 that the National Guard was called out in Baltimore to prevent civil unrest.

Maryland’s governor said 2,000 Guardsmen and 1,000 law officers would be in place overnight.

“This combined force will not tolerate violence or looting,” Governor Larry Hogan warned.

The racially charged violence on Monday was set off by the case of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died of a spinal-cord injury under mysterious circumstances while in police custody.

Published: Wednesday 29th April 2015 by The News Editor

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