Update, 11:00 a.m.: The AP, citing Mayor Rawlings-Blake, says there were 144 “vehicle fires” and 15 “structures fires” in Baltimore overnight.
Update, 10:45 a.m.: Gawker has compiled a number of images of Baltimore residents cleaning up last night’s damage in public areas.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, meanwhile, says over 200 people have been arrested since rioting began.
Update, 10:20 a.m.: Two items of note circulating on social media:
- A local Baltimore ABC station has video of what it says is a woman loudly chastising a young male (apparently her son) after she saw him throw rocks at police officers.
- A Twitter user named @red3blog put together a list of riots perpetrated by mostly nonblack groups for stupid, mostly sports-related reasons.
Original post, 7:51 a.m.: Developments in Baltimore:
- The New York Times’ recap of overnight violence says at least 27 people were arrested and 15 police officers have been injured. The Baltimore Sun says six of the police injuries are serious but that all injured officers are expected to recover. Fire damage includes a number of vehicles and buildings, including a Baptist church development in East Baltimore that included senior housing, which burned in what may or may not have been arson; you can see an image of that damage above.
- The late Freddie Gray’s stepfather says he is “appalled” by ongoing “violence and destruction” and his mother asked rioters not to “tear up the whole city.”
- Baltimore Orioles COO John Angelos, whose father, Peter Angelos, owns the team, wrote a widely circulated reaction to events on his Twitter feed, which is compiled here. An excerpt: ” … my greater source of personal concern, outrage and sympathy beyond this particular case is focused neither upon one night’s property damage nor upon the acts, but is focused rather upon the past four-decade period during which an American political elite have shipped middle class and working class jobs away from Baltimore and cities and towns around the U.S. to third-world dictatorships like China and others, plunged tens of millions of good, hard-working Americans into economic devastation, and then followed that action around the nation by diminishing every American’s civil rights protections in order to control an unfairly impoverished population living under an ever-declining standard of living and suffering at the butt end of an ever-more militarized and aggressive surveillance state.”
Slate’s coverage of events in Baltimore overnight includes:
- A dispatch from the city by Jamelle Bouie, who writes that “this wasn’t 1968, when fires touched huge swaths of the city and thousands left their homes” but rather the work of “scattered groups of looters” who smashed stores and set fires in a few locations.
- An interview by Leon Neyfakh with a professor who has studied those 1968 riots.
- A compilation of photos of protests and violence.
Baltimore schools are closed today, and a 10 p.m.-to-5 a.m. curfew will be enforced; the Maryland National Guard has been mobilized.