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Things to know about Baltimore riots in US


Washington, April 29: Vigil was tightened in and around Baltimore city in Maryland, the US, after riots erupted in the city following the death of 25-year-old local youth Freddie Gray, who was arrested by the city's police. He died a week later after suffering severe spinal cord injury.

Riots have plagued USA's social fabric for some time now. What are the latest riots all about?

Baltimore riots: OneIndia explainer

Riot in Baltimore: What to know

  • Freddie Gray, a native of Baltimore, known for drugs, was arrested by police on April 12 on a weapons charge.
  • He suffered a severe spinal cord injury that led to his death a week later on April 19.
  • It's unknown what caused the spinal cord injury that led to his death
  • Violence and looting erupted in Baltimore on April 20 after the funeral of African-American man Freddie Gray.
  • An investigation has been ordered in the case.
  • At least 15 officers have been injured, six of them seriously. More than two dozen people were arrested.
  • Curfew has been clamped in the area to prevent any untoward incident.
  • Over 3,000 police from Maryland, New Jersey and the District of Columbia, and National Guard members in helmets, took up posts.

Read More: Security beefed up in Baltimore after arson, looting

US riots in recent past

  • 2003: Benton Harbor riots (Benton Harbor, Michigan) Riots took place after a police chase ended in a motorcycle crash that killed a young black man.
  • 2005 Toledo Riot (Toledo, Ohio): A race riot that broke out after a planned Neo-Nazi protest march through a black neighborhood.
  • 2006: Fontana High School riot (Fontana, California): Riot involving about 500 Latino and black students*2006: Prison Race Riots (California): A war between Latino and black prison gangs set off a series of riots across Californi.
  • 2008: Locke High School rio (Los Angeles, California)
  • 2009 Oakland Riots (Oakland, California): Peaceful protests turned into rioting after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man,Oscar Grant, by a BART transit policeman.
  • 2014: Shooting of Michael Brown, later riots break out after the shooting was believed to be racially motivated.

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