Demonstrators set police vehicle on fire, loot drug store
A day of mostly peaceful rallies to protest the death of Freddie Gray turned confrontational as dark fell over Baltimore on Saturday with demonstrators smashing the windows on police cars, blocking traffic near the Inner Harbor and shouting, “Killers!” at officers dressed in riot gear.
Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake called for calm late Saturday as more than 1,300 police officers worked to take control of the city after agitated protesters incited violence after a day of peaceful marches.
Baltimore city charter school leaders said the district's funding for their schools next year falls short, one concern raised during a public forum where advocates, parents and educators sounded off on city schools CEO Gregory Thornton's first budget.
When Aisha Armstrong started her freshman year at the Academy for College and Career Exploration in Northwest Baltimore, she wasn't worried about making it through the next four years; she was worried about making it through the next day on $2 sandwiches from Subway.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will lead a canvass Saturday to help parents register for pre-kindergarten seats, particularly ones reserved for underprivileged students that annually go unfilled.
Screams, balloons and a group of well-wishers ambushed Ryan Kaiser's lesson on current events to surprise him with one of the biggest events of his career.
Baltimore city schools officials said Tuesday that they will reverse an earlier decision to cut summer school programs.