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Protesters Smash Police Cars During Baltimore Rally, Some Arrested (Video)

Screenshot from cell phone video that shows a protester smash a police car window during an anti-police brutality rally in Baltimore on April 25, 2015
Screenshot from cell phone video that shows a protester smash a police car window during an anti-police brutality rally in Baltimore on April 25, 2015 - Sputnik International
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Thousands of activists are expected to show up as protest leaders are vowing to shut down the city of Baltimore to protest the death of Freddie Gray, the Baltimore man who mysteriously died of back injuries after he was arrested by Baltimore police.

Activists have been protesting near-daily in Baltimore after Gray died while in police custody. However, those rallies are expected to culminate in the largest gathering today. (Updates after video.)

7:31 p.m. EST: At least three demonstrators are known to have been arrested.

7:20 p.m. EST: Police have started to make arrests.

7:15 p.m. EST: Videos reveal protesters smash the windows of police cars.

7:08 p.m. EST: Police in riot gear are responding to reports and images of smashed windows and cars.

6:36 p.m. EST: Protestors are still holding onto Camden Yards as game time gets closer. Police are engaging in a standoff, some wearing riot gear.

5:06 p.m. EST: Protesters have reached City Hall and are raising their fists as they chant for justice for Freddie Gray.

4:55 p.m. EST: The rally has effectively shut down Camden Yards where the Baltimore Orioles play.

4:32 p.m. EST: The crowd appears to now be in the thousands. Protesters are chanting "Freddie!"

4:23 p.m. EST: Protesters shutting down streets as they march through the city possibly impacting a scheduled baseball game.

3:51 p.m. EST: At least 1,000 people now appear to have joined the rally.

3:43 p.m. EST: Pastor Dr. Heber Brown III: "Police brutality must end today."

3:37 p.m. EST: Protestors burn a confederate flag snatched of a car they say tried to run some down the night before.

3:30 p.m. EST: The crowd has been increasing in size.

3:00 p.m. EST: Even before the official start time, hundreds of protestors have been facing off with police. 

Freddie Gray was stopped by Baltimore officers the morning of April 12 but tried to run. He was caught and placed in the prisoner wagon shortly later and transported to the Western District police station. More than an hour later, an ambulance was called to the station to treat him. Cell phone video of the arrest shows an incapacitated Gray being dragged away by police officers while handcuffed. A voice can be heard warning the officers that he appears critically injured.

Gray was found to have suffered broken vertebra for which he underwent surgery. He fell into a coma afterward and never recovered. He was also found to have an injured voice box.

Yesterday, Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts admitted in a press conference that Gray asked for medical attention and should have received medical attention, but did not.

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