Violent confrontations involving the police broke out in Baltimore on Monday, just hours after the funeral of a black man who died in police custody after suffering a severe spinal injury.
At least seven officers were wounded in clashes after the memorial service, suffering broken bones after demonstrators started throwing bricks and stones, according to authorities. One law official was described as “unresponsive” by Baltimore police Capt. Eric Kowalczyk, who said the attack took place “without provocation.”
Police responded with pepper spray, tear gas and riot shields, the Baltimore Sun reported.
It came on a day when thousands of mourners gathered to pay tribute to Freddie Gray, whose death under mysterious circumstances has become the latest touchstone in a national debate over police use of force. Many who had never met the man were among those who entered a Baltimore church to bid him farewell and press for more accountability among law enforcement.