Riots erupted in Baltimore Monday afternoon, hours after thousands mourned Freddie Gray — the man who died earlier this month while in police custody — at a funeral where his family and other community leaders called for peace.
Television footage showed rioters setting police cars on fire, looting stores and throwing rocks at officers. At least 15 police officers were hurt, officials said, and nearly 200 arrests were made.
Social media lit up with images of an increasingly chaotic scene.
Cars speeding down Baltimore city streets, routinely running red lights. Feels lawless. #BaltimoreRiots— W.J. Hennigan (@wjhenn) April 28, 2015
Just passed more looting, another burning car and an entire building on fire. It's madness right now here in Baltimore— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorpNBC) April 28, 2015
Rioters have sliced open a fire hose which was being unraveled to help extinguish flames. #BaltimoreRiots— Sonya Hamasaki CNN (@SonyaCNN) April 27, 2015
After hours of unrest, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency and put National Guard troops on alert after 7 p.m. ET. The Major League Baseball game between the Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles was postponed.
BREAKING: Maryland governor declares state of emergency, activates National Guard to help with riot.— The Associated Press (@AP) April 27, 2015
After consultation with Baltimore City Police Department, tonight’s game between the Orioles & White Sox at Oriole Park has been postponed.— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) April 27, 2015
Too many people have invested in building up this city to allow thugs to tear it down. pic.twitter.com/bGjT5ru5cy— Mayor Rawlings-Blake (@MayorSRB) April 28, 2015
Several celebrities, including Montel Williams, who grew up in Baltimore, weighed in on Twitter.
The president should be in Baltimore right now. Bring peace to neighborhood. Lead. #baltimoreriots— Judah Friedlander (@JudahWorldChamp) April 27, 2015
Larry Wilmore, host of Comedy Central's "The Nightly Show," called for calm.
David Simon, the creator of HBO's "The Wire," which was set in Baltimore, wrote a blog post denouncing the violence.
Some sought to place blame.
Others praised those trying to stop the looting and bring peace.
On CNN right now. Robert Valentine. Vietnam Vet. American Hero. Protecting his community. #BaltimoreRiots— Jason (@h20gony) April 28, 2015
Meanwhile, former and current members of the NFL's Baltimore Ravens were saddened by the chain of events.
Speechless. Pray for my city.— LaQuan Williams (@i_amQUAN) April 27, 2015
Baltimore this isn't the answer!!!— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) April 27, 2015