Rioters plunged part of Baltimore, Maryland, into chaos Monday, torching a pharmacy, setting police cars ablaze and throwing bricks at officers hours after thousands mourned the man who died from a severe spinal injury he suffered in police custody.
The governor declared a state of emergency and called in the National Guard to restore order, and Attorney General Loretta Lynch, in her first day on the job, said she would send Justice Department officials to the city in coming days.
A weeklong, daily curfew was imposed beginning Tuesday from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., the mayor said. At least 15 officers were hurt, and some two dozen people were arrested. Two officers remained hospitalized, police said.
Officers wearing helmets and wielding shields occasionally used pepper spray to keep the rioters back. For the most part, though, they relied on line formations to keep protesters at bay.
Later in the day, people began looting clothing and other items from stores at the mall, which became unprotected as police moved away from the area.
About three dozen officers returned, trying to arrest looters but driving many away by firing pellet guns and rubber bullets.
Monday's riot was the latest flare-up over the mysterious death of Freddie Gray, whose fatal encounter with officers came amid the national debate over police use of force, especially when black suspects are involved. Gray was African-American. Police have declined to specify the races of the six officers involved in his arrest, all of whom have been suspended with pay while they are under investigation.
However, one Baltimore mom saw her son throwing rocks at police on television and that didn't sit well with her. Video shows the mother repeatedly striking her boy, chasing him as he tries to walk away. Her shouts of anger could be heard as she led him away from the scene.
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