Baltimore baseball fans trapped in ballpark because of Freddie Gray riots

The "largely peaceful" protest in Baltimore against police turned violent when marchers reached the Camden Yards baseball park where a game had just ended. The unruly crowd began to throw bottles at police and break windows, which resulted in the mayor and police chief ordering those left in the ballpark to stay where they were.

Daily Caller:

Baltimore Orioles fans and others are trapped within the ballpark at Camden Yards as a result of the Saturday riots that broke out from demonstrators protesting the death of Freddie Gray.

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake and the Baltimore City Police Department announced at a Saturday evening press conference that because of public safety concerns, those still inside the ballpark are asked to remain there until further notice.

Breaking: Fans at Camden Yards game in #Baltimore told they cannot leave ballpark due to #FreddieGray riots. pic.twitter.com/WHmkFkW8C7

— ReallyRick (@ReallyRickPhD) April 26, 2015

Gray was a 25-year old black man who local police arrested for unknown reasons after a foot chase through a housing complex. Gray died as a result of a spinal cord injury suffered during his detainment by police.

According to the Baltimore Sun, Saturday’s protest was the largest demonstration relating to Gray’s death so far.

The Sun points out that that some protesters traveled from as far as Ferguson, Missouri. The first several hours were peaceful until marchers walked toward Camden Yards and violence broke out near 3 bars. Bottles were hurled at store front windows and cars, including police cruisers were damaged. Twelve people were arrested.

Can someone enlighten me as to what this protest is about? No one knows what happened to the young man. The fact that he died in police custody is suspicious but absent any evidence whatsoever that officers were responsible for his death, why the protests and violence?

I guess it was Baltimore's turn. It would be bad PR strategy to have more than one city being targeted with anti-police protests, so blowing up the tragic death of Freddie Gray into a police brutality issue gives the social justice crowd the perfect opportunity to grab some TV face time and rant against whitey.

New York Times:

There, Malik Shabazz, president of Black Lawyers for Justice, a Washington, D.C.-based group that called for the demonstration and advertised it on social media, told the crowd that he would release them in an hour, adding: “Shut it down if you want to! Shut it down!”

Mr. Shabazz said in a later interview that his rhetoric was intended only to encourage civil disobedience — not violence — but added that he was “not surprised” by the scattered angry outbursts because people here “haven’t received justice.”

Of course he wasn't advocating violence. He wanted the protestors to blow kisses at police.

How silly will these people feel if it comes out that the police had nothing to do with Gray's death? Not very. Judging by what happened in Ferguson when the truth finally came out, the narrative will continue to be advanced without any reference to reality.

The "largely peaceful" protest in Baltimore against police turned violent when marchers reached the Camden Yards baseball park where a game had just ended. The unruly crowd began to throw bottles at police and break windows, which resulted in the mayor and police chief ordering those left in the ballpark to stay where they were.

Daily Caller:

Baltimore Orioles fans and others are trapped within the ballpark at Camden Yards as a result of the Saturday riots that broke out from demonstrators protesting the death of Freddie Gray.

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake and the Baltimore City Police Department announced at a Saturday evening press conference that because of public safety concerns, those still inside the ballpark are asked to remain there until further notice.

Breaking: Fans at Camden Yards game in #Baltimore told they cannot leave ballpark due to #FreddieGray riots. pic.twitter.com/WHmkFkW8C7

— ReallyRick (@ReallyRickPhD) April 26, 2015

Gray was a 25-year old black man who local police arrested for unknown reasons after a foot chase through a housing complex. Gray died as a result of a spinal cord injury suffered during his detainment by police.

According to the Baltimore Sun, Saturday’s protest was the largest demonstration relating to Gray’s death so far.

The Sun points out that that some protesters traveled from as far as Ferguson, Missouri. The first several hours were peaceful until marchers walked toward Camden Yards and violence broke out near 3 bars. Bottles were hurled at store front windows and cars, including police cruisers were damaged. Twelve people were arrested.

Can someone enlighten me as to what this protest is about? No one knows what happened to the young man. The fact that he died in police custody is suspicious but absent any evidence whatsoever that officers were responsible for his death, why the protests and violence?

I guess it was Baltimore's turn. It would be bad PR strategy to have more than one city being targeted with anti-police protests, so blowing up the tragic death of Freddie Gray into a police brutality issue gives the social justice crowd the perfect opportunity to grab some TV face time and rant against whitey.

New York Times:

There, Malik Shabazz, president of Black Lawyers for Justice, a Washington, D.C.-based group that called for the demonstration and advertised it on social media, told the crowd that he would release them in an hour, adding: “Shut it down if you want to! Shut it down!”

Mr. Shabazz said in a later interview that his rhetoric was intended only to encourage civil disobedience — not violence — but added that he was “not surprised” by the scattered angry outbursts because people here “haven’t received justice.”

Of course he wasn't advocating violence. He wanted the protestors to blow kisses at police.

How silly will these people feel if it comes out that the police had nothing to do with Gray's death? Not very. Judging by what happened in Ferguson when the truth finally came out, the narrative will continue to be advanced without any reference to reality.