On Apr.27, Freddie Gray’s family laid him to rest at a funeral in the same city where he died at the hands of the police who arrested him and were supposed to give him immediate medical treatment for the injuries they caused.

While Gray’s family asked for the city of Baltimore to stay at peace– without peaceful protesting or rioting– anger erupted and spilled out into the streets of West Baltimore.  According to reports, the mainstream news channels are saying “the city is being ruined by thugs.”

But, before you continue your Twitter rant, we here at #BlameEbro wanted to gather the major points of coverage and what we know so far.  Feel free to do your own research but here are the main points of what we know so far of the 2015 Baltimore Riots.

*The city of Baltimore is reeling with anger because they have yet to be given definite answers about opening a case or investigation on Freddie Gray’s death.

*Reportedly, a rumor on social media sparked the major riots.  The police went to the high school they thought the riots were going to be at, but apparently the students had no intention to fight police.  Things then got heated and police, as well as the youth, engaged in throwing items back and forth.  The riots grew.

*According to reports of people on the streets, the protests started out peaceful and non-black outsiders tried to harass the protestors by calling them “N–gers” and the white people, “N–ger lovers.”

*Baltimore City has officially declared a state of emergency and 1,500 members of the National Guard to assist the police.

*A citywide curfew has been placed for tomorrow, Apr.28, from 10PM-5Am.

*All Baltimore City schools are closed for Tuesday, Apr. 27.

* According to The Baltimore Sun, 15 police officers were injured in a stand-off against rioters who were all school-aged who reportedly threw rocks, bricks and other debris.

* Freddie Gray’s family, specifically his twin sister, just spoke out against the riots, saying, “Freddie wasn’t that type of person to break into schools… He wouldn’t like this, I don’t like this.”

* The city of Baltimore has added, and are ready to deploy, 5,000 more officers.

* Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has been criticized for not implementing the curfew for the night of Apr. 27 and her comments during a televised press conference:

I’m a life-long resident of Baltimore and too many people have spent generations building up this city for it to be destroyed by thugs who in a very senseless way are trying to tear down what so many have fought for. Tearing down businesses. Tearing down and destroying property, things that we know will impact our community for years. We are deploying every resource possible to gain control of the situation and to ensure peace moving forward.

* A large Senior Center built by the Southern Baptist Church in Baltimore, which was close to completion, was burned down by looters and rioters.  60 affordable homes and a transformation center built by members of a black church were due to open in Dec. 2015.

*Baltimore City has requested 30 additional cities to donate fire equipment to deal with sporadic fires in the neighborhoods.

* Firefighters also need protection, as rioters have stabbed hoses to weaken water pressure.

*Groups like the 300s, members of Omega Psi Phi and lone vigilantes have taken to the streets to try and stop the rioters.

* The coverage of “violent protests” and “criminals taking over Baltimore” has now taken most of the attention from finding answers and justice for Freddie Gray.

* According to reports, many of the businesses burned down or stolen from were mom and pop stores which will not be able to recover from the losses easily.

* Not everyone on the street is a looter or rioter (only 100 or so are wreaking havoc).  Some are angry and wanted to do something to show it without hurting others.  Some came to let their anger out on the city.

Many people have shared their opinions on social media.  Ebro weighed in on Twitter:

#PrayforBaltimore and we will keep you updated.

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