West Baltimore In Ashes: A Night Of Violence And Looting In Photos

Monday evening marked a rather dark chapter in Baltimore history as demonstrators and police clashed in the streets following the funeral of Freddie Gray who died after sustaining a spinal cord injury while being taken into custody by police. According to CNN, a flier began circulating among high school students calling for a "Purge" (a reference to a film in which crime in America is virtually eradicated by allowing for the suspension of law and order one day per year) to begin at 3 p.m. Police also reported an allegedly "credible" threat from the city's street gangs who had reportedly vowed to ban together in an effort to attack law enforcement. The situation escalated quickly after that culminating in fires, rioting, looting, and, ultimately, the arrival of the National Guard. You can see the stunning images and a timeline of events here. Below, are more images from the chaos and a look at the aftermath...

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