What started off as a peaceful protest turned into complete chaos in Baltimore yesterday. Violence broke out downtown following a protest held after the funeral of the late Freddie Gray, who died of complications after police used excessive force to arrest him. The scene turned chaotic after some angry protestors turned violent and began looting stores like CVS.
Throughout the night, people set fire to damaged cars and buildings around the community, including a senior citizen center funded by a local church. Whether they contributed to the looting or destroyed more pieces of city property, angry citizens all over Baltimore basically made things worse… a lot worse. After the city called for a week-long curfew, the family of Freddie Gray spoke out against the rioting as well as Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the Governor of Maryland Larry Hogan.
“I’m a lifelong resident of Baltimore,” the Mayor said in a press conference held yesterday. 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.”
While the riots raged on, prominent figures from the music and film industry have commented on the outrageous events. However, the cast of “The Wire,” which was filmed in Baltimore, have contrasting points of view about the situation.
Some cast members like Wendell Pierce and Sonja Sohn have condemned the violence.
Other members of the cast like Tray Chaney, Andre Royo, Felicia Reason, Deidre Lovejoy and Jermaine Crawford understand the pain of the people. They sent words of encouragement to protestors and the rest of the city’s citizens to be safe and peaceful if they must be in the streets.
Mack Wilds also took to Twitter to reveal his true feelings about how the situation in Baltimore has affected him in a series of tear-jerking tweets.