Under pressure – Monday, April 27th

A mix of sun and clouds today, with highs in the mid 60s. Tomorrow will be warmer, with highs near 70.


Freddie Gray’s funeral will be held later this morning at New Shiloh Baptist Church at 2100 N. Monroe Street.

“We know he was not buckled in the transportation wagon as he should have been. No excuses from me. Period.” On Friday, Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts acknowledged that the officers that arrested Gray failed to provide medical care before Gray entered the police van, despite Gray calling for it, and that Gray was not properly restrained inside of the van.


On Saturday, after a day that included a peaceful march and rally by over a thousand demonstrators, small groups of protesters and opportunists vandalized some storefronts and sparred with police, smashing windows on multiple police cars and throwing rocks, bottles, and larger objects at lines of officers dressed in riot gear. Several fights also broke out between protesters and drunks at outdoor bar areas near Camden Yards.

This chaos garnered international headlines, and unfortunately served as the introduction for many to the Freddie Gray story. 35 people, mostly city residents, were arrested during Saturday’s chaos.

City Paper photographer J.M. Giordano, who’s been taking incredible shots all week long, was mobbed and attacked by riot police outside of the Western District police station after some in the crowd began throwing rocks at the police (VIDEO).

In an internal email, Commissioner Batts praised his officers for a ‘scary good’ response to Saturday’s events.

In several press conferences, city leaders and Gray’s family called for peace.

Yesterday, cleanup efforts were underway. There were also several quiet demonstrations at the Western District police station and outside of Gray’s wake.


An 18-year-old man was shot and killed early Sunday morning in the Windsor Hills area of northwest Baltimore.


After a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, several organizations in Baltimore are responding with aid.


The Orioles had 20 hits in a dominating 18-7 defeat of the Red Sox on Sunday.