State of Emergency
Morning Brings Wail of Fire Engines in Wake of Baltimore Riots
Hundreds of rifle-toting National Guard members began deploying
here on Tuesday morning, lining one of the city’s main thoroughfares and taking
up posts around a police station in western Baltimore that had been the scene of
earlier protests. The guardsmen were expected to be joined over the course of
the day by thousands of police officers from outside the city as Baltimore
struggles to recover from rioting, arson and looting that left 15 police
officers injured - six seriously - and damaged or destroyed dozens of
businesses, homes and cars. It is not known how many rioters have been injured.
Gov. Larry Hogan, who visited injured officers and damaged neighborhoods, said
that while the city was under control, officials were concerned about what
tonight might bring. “It’s not going to happen again,” Mr. Hogan said of the
violence. At the mall early Tuesday, a few police cars sat in the parking lot,
but the rioters seemed long gone. Governor Hogan walked through the mall, which
is closed, to see the damage. The police said that a flier circulated on social
media had called for a period of violence on Monday afternoon to begin at the
mall and to move downtown toward City Hall.
Map of Incidents - Mapping the Clashes Between Baltimore Police and Protesters
Baltimore Burns as National Guard is deployed - Weeklong Curfew - 10:00 p.m.
to 5 a.m. - 5,000 National Guard & 5,000 Law Enforcement National
Guard troops fanned out through the city, shield-bearing police officers blocked
the streets and firefighters doused still-simmering blazes early Tuesday as a
growing area of Baltimore shuddered from riots following the funeral of a black
man who died in police custody. It was one of the most volatile outbreaks of
violence prompted by a police-involved death since the days of protests that
followed the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black man who was shot and
killed during a confrontation with a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri,
last summer. At least 15 officers were hurt, including six who remained
hospitalized late Monday, police said. Two dozen people were arrested. A
weeklong, daily curfew was imposed beginning Tuesday from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., the
mayor said, and Baltimore public schools announced they would be closed Tuesday.
Maj. Gen. Linda Singh, adjutant general of the Maryland National Guard, said up
to 5,000 troops would be available for Baltimore's streets. Col. William
Pallozzi, the superintendent of the state police, said a request for up to 500
additional law enforcement personnel in Maryland had been sent. Pallozzi added
that the state is putting out a request for up to 5,000 more law enforcement
personnel from around the mid-Atlantic region. Police certainly had their work
cut out for them: The rioters set police cars and buildings on fire in several
neighborhoods, looted a mall and liquor stores and threw rocks at police with
riot gear who responded occasionally with pepper spray.
14 and under 9 p.m. curfew for one week - Emergency Operations center set up
VIDEO - Rioters set fire to CVS drug store
CVS closing stores in Baltimore after one store is set on fire.
Baltimore rioters target stores, beat photographer
Gangs of looters, some armed with crowbars, roamed an increasingly lawless city
Monday, smashing windows, stealing sneakers and beating a photographer who dared
to take their photos. Looters operated with impunity, sometimes within half a
block of dozens of police in riot gear. In downtown near the Lexington Market,
a popular shopping destination, dozens of police appeared on the scene after
gangs ravaged the market and other local stores.
On Lexington Street, looters smashed windows of the Your City, My City shoe
store, grabbing boxes of sneakers and athletic gear and leaving a trail of
broken mannequins on the sidewalk.
In the Upton area, looters wiped a CVS store clean of goods, even taking the
shelving, before setting the store on fire.
The Mondawmin Mall, where city redevelopment authorities had worked for
years to bring Target, Ross Dress for Less, Payless Shoes and other chains,
closed early to prepare for the anticipated riots. Still, looters broke into the
shops. At Deals, a variety story, looters had broken two windows and made off
with merchandise before 30 police with armored cars and riot gear arrived. A
police helicopter hovered overhead. By 8 p.m., police has established a presence
and chased away the looters.
Outside the CVS pharmacy that was burned during rioting
after the funeral of Freddie Gray.
Baltimore firefighters inspect the interior of the destroyed
Police: Rioters looting at Baltimore mall
Baltimore Sun's Justin Fenton about how fliers and social media encouraged
looting and rioting.
Status of Baltimore Malls:
Mondawmin Mall (closed)
Harborplace & The Gallery (according to Mall Management, Stores have
the Option to be Closed)
Arundel Mills (open)
White Marsh Mall (open)
Towson Town Center (open)
Annapolis Towne Centre (open)
Village Of Cross Keys (open)
Owings Mills Mall (open)
Lexington Market (open)
Columbia Town Center (open)
Inside the Mondawmin Mall
According to sources at the scene, looters were teenagers and
adults - not just kids. They threw rocks and bricks at police. The mall was
closed around 1 p.m. yesterday and is still closed. Police were in riot gear and
at least 3 helicopters were circling the area. The Subway Station at the Mondawmin Mall was also closed, so looters had no way home. The station is still
Looted Shoe Store:
Currently people are taking the liberty of cleaning up outside the mall:
People are not scared of the police right now
What do we do tonight? How many stores close? - How much security do you deploy?
How does this impact other cities tonight? Do we see other incidents in other
This is a time to stay alert and keep stores aware of anything that may be even
slightly aggressive. Do we as an industry pull back and not apprehend
individuals today nationwide? This is a time for our industry to practice
restraint and possibly even consider no apprehensions. Just a thought.
Separate Incident - Six Are Shot, Two Fatally, 15 shots fired - Outside a
Brooklyn Church After a Funeral
Six people were shot, two fatally, as gunfire erupted outside a Brooklyn
church after a crowded funeral on Monday night, the authorities said. The
shootings began about 8:30 p.m. outside the Emmanuel Church of God, a
Pentecostal church in the 1300 block of Flatbush Avenue, near East 26th Street,
the authorities said. It was not immediately clear how many people fired shots.
As of 10 p.m., no one was in custody. Investigators believe that all six victims
had attended the funeral of a 38-year-old man who died of a heart attack. All
six had just left the church and were on the street when the shooting began.
Police Department officials said that 15 rounds were fired, and that several
cars quickly left the scene after the shootings.
Maryland Governor moves office to Baltimore
Police Chief blames High School students
"Diamond Mall secure, this is not protesting, these are criminal acts."
Riots happening across the city of Baltimore
Maryland Emergency Management Agency to Baltimore Businesses
Below is the latest information from the Private Sector Liaison,
External Outreach Maryland Emergency Management Agency and the
National Business Emergency Operations Center Manager - Federal
Emergency Management Agency regarding the retail business operating
climate in Baltimore MD after yesterday's disruptive activity.
This is the latest information in case you operate stores in the
Yesterday, Baltimore City experienced unacceptable acts
of violence. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake took
immediate steps to regain control of the city and ensure
that order is maintained in the coming days.
Among actions taken yesterday:
The Mayor requested additional support from the National
Guard. Members of the Guard will be present in Baltimore
City in the coming hours and will support Baltimore City
Police, many of whom have been working nearly around the
clock for the past several days managing protests.
The Mayor continued to recruit additional police support
from surrounding jurisdictions and was in contact with
President Obama, Governor Hogan and various other
officials from around the region discussing response
efforts to stop the violence.
The Mayor instituted a city-wide curfew in effect each
night from 10pm to 5am. This curfew will remain in
effect for the next 7-days at which point the Mayor will
determine if additional days are needed.
The Mayor activated a 24 hour emergency operation center
to coordinate an Administration wide response to the
violence in city streets.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake spoke out forcefully and
condemned the actions of a small group of agitators who
went against the wishes of Freddie Gray's family.
Today the Mayor will be focused on surveying the damage
inflicted by these shameful actions, and ensuring that
overall government operations continue as normal.
At this time,
will be open
MTA will be
operating on regular schedule
roadways will be clear
collection and street sweeping will continue
will support impacted businesses with
City Schools will be closed
Rawlings-Blake remains committed to a thorough and
transparent investigation to determine the facts
surrounding the death of Freddie Gray. The Baltimore
City Police Department remains on schedule to deliver
the results of their internal investigation to date to
the Office of the States' Attorney on Friday, May 1st.
The States Attorney Office is conducting its own
investigation and will determine what charges should be
brought. Additionally, the Department of Justice is
conducting its own independent investigation.
We will continue to work around the clock to ensure the
unrest is settled, the perpetrators of that unrest are
apprehended, and that justice is brought to the family
of Freddie Gray. As a City, we will clean, we will
rebuild, and we will heal.
Mayor's Office of Economic & Neighborhood Development
Thank you to Bob Moraca and the NRF for
providing this update.
Downtown Baltimore Retail and Residential Development is Thriving
According to 'Downtown Partnership of Baltimore', Baltimore is thriving with new
development projects. Businesses are adding employees and apartment developers
are adding nearly 5,000 new units to meet the high residential demand for
Downtown living. Retailers are taking notice – high-end brands like Michael Kors,
Anthropologie, and The Four Seasons, supermarkets like Whole Foods and Harris
Teeter, and one-of-a-kind boutiques are part of Downtown's growing retail mix.
And with 40,971 residents, 122,222 employees, and 12,362 students, not to
mention 23.3 million visitors each year. The Baltimore Development Corporation,
Main Street Program is an approach to neighborhood revitalization that has been
implemented in 9 Baltimore business districts since 2000. The program provides
customized support and public resources to each district in order to attract new
businesses and new jobs to the neighborhood. Each district's Main Street program
has a different strategy for spurring economic activity, but support may include
marketing and event planning, financial assistance for design and promotions,
architectural services for facade renovations, streetscape improvements,
technical support, access to grants, and more.
Baltimore Demographics: The City by the Numbers
As Baltimore disintegrates due to violence, it is worth looking at how different
the city is from its home state of Maryland. The differences are in many cases
tremendous, and they point to the extremely low income, high unemployment, low
home ownership and high percentage of blacks and African Americans compared to
the state. Although the city of 622,793, based on Census data, is similar to
Maryland in age and sex composition, most of the similarities end there.
Maryland is among the most wealthy states in the nation, based on a household
income figure of $73,783 derived from a Census analysis that runs from 2009 to
2014. A great deal of this high figure is due to rich suburban counties near
Washington, D.C. However, Baltimore households have an average income of
$41,385, or 56% of the state total. The poverty rate in Baltimore is an
extremely high 23.8%, based on persons living below the poverty level from the
Census measurement from 2009 to 2013 period. Maryland's level is 9.8%, well
below the national rate of just above 15%.
Stay tuned to the D&D Daily for our ongoing coverage as this story develops.
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