Baltimore Reels After Freddie Gray Protests Descend Into Chaos
Police and National Guard troops deployed across Baltimore on Tuesday after riots and looting shook the city. As people swept up broken glass and ashes, the governor vowed "overwhelming" law enforcement to keep the peace during the tense night ahead.
"What happened last night is not going to happen again," Gov. Larry Hogan told reporters.
The city kept its schools closed and prepared for a curfew that was to begin Tuesday night — no one on the streets after 10 p.m. except for medical emergencies and people going to work.
The Baltimore Orioles, whose Camden Yards ballpark is not far from the site of the worst violence on Monday night, canceled their game with the Chicago White Sox for the second straight night.
Almost 200 people were arrested, 144 cars set on fire and 15 buildings set ablaze on Monday night after police clashed with angry crowds, the mayor's office said.
President Barack Obama, speaking at a joint news conference with Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, said "There's no excuse for the kind of violence that we saw yesterday.
"That is not a protest. That is not a statement. It's a handful of people taking advantage of the situation for their own purposes, and they need to be treated as criminals," Obama said.