Baltimore Burns As Violence Erupts, State Of Emergency Issued

A state of emergency was issued and National Guard troops were deployed in the streets of Baltimore after violence erupted in the city on Monday afternoon. Numerous fires were reported overnight, and Baltimore police reported people throwing cinder blocks at fire engines as firefighters worked to extinguish the flames. A citywide curfew will be in effect from 10 p.m. today until 5 a.m. Wednesday. The 10 p.m. curfews will last for one week, mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said, and could be extended as necessary. A 9 p.m. curfew is already in effect for children 14 and younger. “This is not a lawless city,” Rawlings-Blake said. “I’m at a loss for words.” Baltimore City Public Schools will also be closed today, and a Baltimore Orioles-Chicago White Sox baseball game could possibly be moved to Washington, D.C. Fifteen officers were injured, six seriously during Monday‚Äôs violence, Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said in a news conference. Those injuries are not expected to be life-threatening.

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