Baltimore "Purge": National Guard Arrives As City Burns, Rioters Warn "Nice Night For A Revolution" - Live Webcast

This young gentlemen seemed to sum things up... "Nice night for a Revolution"

The National Guard has arrived...

 

 

Update: Rioters are cutting and stabbing hoses to damage them so Baltimore FD cannot fight fires...


  • *UP TO 5,000 LAW ENFORCERS TO BE REQUESTED FOR BALTIMORE: CNN
  • *BALTIMORE CITY SCHOOLS CLOSED TOMORROW: CBS
  • *BALTIMORE CITYWIDE CURFEW 10 P.M. TO 5 A.M. FOR A WEEK: CNN
  • *BALTIMORE TO HAVE CURFEW FROM TUESDAY NIGHT, MAYOR SAYS: AFP
  • *BALTIMORE ORIOLES GAME POSTPONED, TEAM SAYS ON TWITTER

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As The Baltimore Sun reports,

The governor is sending 500 state troopers to Baltimore and requesting as many as 5,000 officers from neighboring states, he said in a press conference.

 

"I have not made this decision lightly," Hogan said. "The National Guard represents a last resort."

 

The incident stemmed from a flier that circulated widely among city school students via social media about a “purge” to take place at 3 p.m., starting at Mondawmin Mall and ending downtown. Such memes have been known to circulate regularly among city school students, based on the film "The Purge," about what would happen if all laws were suspended.

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The Timeline so far (via CNN)

11:00 a.m. -- The funeral for Freddie Gray is set to begin.

1:42 p.m. -- The casket holding Freddie Gray's body is loaded onto the hearse.

3:00 p.m. -- A so-called flier from a local high school says that a "purge" is scheduled to start, according to the Baltimore Sun. The film "The Purge" is about a dystopian society in which crime is low in the United States because all laws are suspended for one 24-hour period every year.

3:30 p.m. -- Dozens of police can be seen gathered on the streets of Baltimore.

3:34 p.m. -- Protesters begin to confront riot police.

3:41 p.m. -- CNN reports that protesters are beginning to throw bottles at police officers and journalists.

3:49 p.m. -- CNN cameras show a police officer being carried off.

3:51 p.m. -- Helicopter footage from CNN affiliate WJLA captures white smoke billowing up from the street. Neill Franklin, a former Maryland state police officer, tells CNN "it's like the perfect place for something like this to occur."

4:27 p.m. -- WJLA's helicopter records people wrecking a police car.

4:29 p.m. -- Baltimore Police tweet out first reports of bottles and bricks being thrown at officers.

4:44 p.m. -- People begin entering a CVS pharmacy. The store was closed at 3 p.m., the company said.

5:51 p.m. -- Baltimore police report a massive fire at Federal Street and Gay Street.

6:19 p.m. -- The gates at Camden Yards, home of Major League Baseball's Baltimore Orioles, can be seen being closed.

6:26 p.m. -- The CVS that was looted goes up in smoke.

6:47 p.m. -- Gov. Larry Hogan's office announces that all previously scheduled events on his calendar on Tuesday will be canceled.

6:50 p.m. -- A man can be seen on CNN stabbing a hose that firefighters are trying to use.

7:01 p.m. -- Gov. Larry Hogan's office announces that he has declared a state of emergency and will active the National Guard to address the unrest in Baltimore.

7:20 p.m. -- The Orioles announce they've postponed Monday night's game.

7:58 p.m. -- Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announces that a citywide, nightly curfew will be imposed starting Tuesday from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. It will be in effect for one week, Rawlings-Blake said at a press conference.

8:51 p.m. -- Col. William Pallozzi of the Maryland State Police announces that up to 5,000 law enforcement officials will be requested from the mid-Atlantic region to help quell the violence in Baltimore.

9:23 p.m. -- Public schools will be closed on Tuesday in Baltimore, a city official says.

11:20 p.m. -- The National Guard arrives

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Update: MARYLAND GOV DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY, ACTIVATES NATL GUARD

The situation is escalating quickly in Baltimore after police said they received "credible" threats from street gangs who have promised to ban together to "take out" cops in the wake of protests surrounding the funeral of Freddie Gray who died after suffering a spinal injury while being taken into custody by authorities. 

Now, the SWAT team has been called out to confront protesters. 

Live feeds below:

 

The CVS then...

...and the CVS now...

 

And finally, in an attempt to bring some levity to this dire situation...

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