The clash between freedom of speech and public safety led to the city of Baltimore looking more like a war zone. Violent rioters took to the streets, burning down buildings, looting, injuring law enforcement officials, and charring vehicles.
This violent activity stems from the arrest of Freddie Gray, who died of a severe spinal cord injury while in police custody.
Going down as one of Baltimore’s darkest day’s, at least 235 people were arrested Monday and Tuesday in Baltimore, according to the city’s Police Department. That number includes 34 juveniles, with most of the adult arrests ranging from the ages of 18 and 30.
15 police officers were injured, while two remain in the hospital. Several journalists also found themselves in the crossfire between police and protestors.
As of Monday night, nine journalists were injured while reporting from the scene.
According to a Twitter post, a CCTV staffer was reportedly attacked:
Photojournalist William Seiders posted images of the bullet dents in his live truck.
Luckily, he said he and reporter Christina Butler were unhurt.
Meanwhile, a Baltimore Sun photo editor was attacked while taking photos.
And if that wasn’t enough, Casey Harper, a reporter with the Daily Caller News Foundation, said he was hit in the head with a liquor bottle from a “mob of attackers.”
With non-stop live coverage on several different media outlets, many local stations in the Baltimore area have found useful ways to get the word out.
The Baltimore Sun is giving free, easy access to all of its coverage. They have also made an interactive map to put into perspective where the violence is occurring. They have also created a section dedicated entirely to photos of protest signs.
WMAR has set up a live blog, along with streaming live video.
WBAL also has a live Twitter feed, providing the latest updates on the situation.