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“Too many people have spent generations building up this city for it to be destroyed by thugs,” Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said at a press conference.
After facing heavy criticism from the media, Rawlings-Blake had harsh words for rioters in Baltimore on Monday evening.
“We are deploying every resource to gain control of this situation and to ensure peace moving forward,” Rawlings-Blake said.
Rioters clashed with police Monday following the funeral of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old man who died while in police custody.
At least 15 Baltimore police officers were injured in the violence. Local businesses were looted, and multiple buildings were set ablaze. Police say at least 27 people have been arrested so far.
Before her statement Monday evening, Rawlings-Blake had taken criticism from the media for not having a presence as the situation escalated.
“Where is the mayor? Where is the police commissioner,” CNN’s Wolf Blitzer said.
“Where is the mayor? Where is the people that are supposed be representing us?” one demonstrator said.
“There’s a total failure of leadership here. People can look at the scenes and they know that there’s a city of control on the ground. But it’s also out of control at the level of governance,” Fox News' Charles Krauthammer said.
A statement from the mayor over the weekend prompted many of the accusations, with critics saying it showed she was taking a "hands off" approach.
“It’s a very delicate balancing act because, while we try to make sure that they were protected … we also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well,” Rawlings-Blake said.
Her office later clarified her comment, saying it was about allowing peaceful protests, not about letting looters run rampant.
On Monday evening, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard, something Col. William Pallozzi discussed briefly.
“We’ve already put in a request for 500 additional law enforcement from the state of Maryland. … We’re putting out a request for 5,000 law enforcement from the regional area,” Pallozzi said.
In addition to police, members of the community also set out to stop the violence and looting.
One group, called the 300 Men March, patrolled the streets urging all parties to resolve the situation peacefully. (Video via WJLA)
Rawlings-Blake issued a mandatory curfew lasting one week, running from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. starting Tuesday night. Baltimore public schools will also be closed Tuesday.
This video includes images from Getty Images.Tue, 28 Apr 2015 01:56:00 -0400
A woman gave birth in the parking lot of a Wendy's in Pittsburgh and told bystanders she didn't know she was pregnant, WPXI-TV reports.
Investigators confirmed that the woman gave birth in her car outside the fast-food restaurant.
A Pittsburgh paramedics ambulance was pulling away from the scene as a WPXI photographer arrived.
People inside the Wendy’s, which was not yet open, said that when they saw the car outside, they went to check on the people in the car.
When they got to the car, the woman had just given birth to a baby boy.
The witnesses said that the woman told them she did not know she was pregnant.
A man was driving and there were other children in the car.Tue, 28 Apr 2015 01:05:10 -0400
The weekend earthquake in Nepal was powerful enough to even be detected by seismometers in the United States, including close to Charlotte.
Seismographs near Clover picked up vibrations as early as 6:30 in the morning on Saturday and those vibrations were detected for well over an hour.
Channel 9 took a snapshot of some of the seismometers, indicating mainly small surface waves. These waves cannot be sensed by humans but there was definite ground motion from that earthquake even though it was 7,500 miles away.
Click here for more information on the Nepal Earthquake and the energy from the quake that went through the United States.