In the hours after the funeral of Freddie Gray, riots broke out in the streets of Baltimore, where numerous stores were looted, more than 140 cars were burned, several police officers were injured and nearly 200 arrests were made. By the evening, the governor had declared a state of emergency and officials called in troops from the National Guard to help restore order. A city-wide curfew has also been implemented. The family of Freddie Gray, who sustained mysterious, fatal injuries while in police custody two weeks ago, strongly condemned the violence.
The response from city officials has also been criticized by some, as TV footage showed long periods of time where no police presence was seen as stores were being looted and destroyed. Over the weekend, the city’s mayor said that their strategy for protests had been to give “those who wish to destroy space to do that as well.” She has since decried the violence and vowed to bring those responsible to justice. According to some reports, early in the afternoon, police received information that some high school students were planning to “purge” (like the movie in which lawlessness is temporarily permitted) when school let out. This morning the mayor tweeted that officials “are working to ensure that most government services can operate normally." More than 2,000 people have joined a Facebook group that seeks to unite community members in efforts to clean up the city following the destruction ... Discuss
According to a new report from the U.N., 8 million people have been affected by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal this weekend. That’s a quarter of the country’s entire population. The earthquake has leveled countless structures, and caused massive shortages in food, water and electricity. The U.N. said that currently, 1.4 million residents require food aid, nearly 8,000 are injured and the earthquake has killed at least 4,310—though that number could dramatically increase in the coming days. Tens of thousands are still sleeping outside, as aftershocks continue to effect areas near the heavily-populated city of Kathmandu. Though aid has begun to arrive, even the airport has been dramatically effected, with flights having difficulty getting in and out. Organizations including CARE, WorldVision, The Red Cross and many others are accepting donations to help the people of Nepal ... Discuss
Hours after the funeral of Freddie Gray, riots have broken out in the streets of Baltimore. A police captain told reporters, “This afternoon, a group of outrageous criminals attacked our officers. Right now, we have seven officers that have serious injuries, including broken bones, and one officer who is unconscious.” Several businesses have been looted as police attempt to restore order to parts of the city. Baltimore has been home to demonstrations in recent days, as protestors sought answers for how Freddie Gray, a young black man, sustained fatal injuries while in police custody. This weekend, 35 individuals were arrested, but violence was isolated to several confrontations with officers. The current riots have taken over several city blocks ... Discuss