Freddie Gray: Quotes and reactions from April 27 events

Reaction to Monday's Freddie Gray-related protests and violence from social media and more.



Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

"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."


Gov. Larry Hogan

"I strongly condemn the actions of the offenders who are engaged in direct attacks against innocent civilians, businesses and law enforcement officers. There is a significant difference between protesting and violence and those committing these acts will be prosecuted under the fullest extent of the law."

Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh

"The death of Freddie Gray was a tragedy. Perhaps it can lead us on a path toward progress. Violence, fires and looting will not get us there."


City Council President Jack Young

"I am asking all of you out there looting to stop it. Please stop it. It's hurting the city of Baltimore in more ways than one. When you loot the CVS store that means that your relatives who work in those stores can't go to work, so they can't get paid. There's a ripple effect. This has gone from being a protest to rioting. This is not the protesters. These are people rioting and destroying property and looting. We have to put an end to it."

City Councilman Bill Henry

"Martin Luther King said a riot is the language of the unheard. If we don't bother to teach our kids other languages then we better start hearing them."

City Councilman Brandon Scott

"I'm pissed off. This is the city that I love. We can cannot stand idle and let cowards ruin our city. If you are an adult and you are out there participating in this, you are ruining the future for these young people. Every able man and women needs to get out there and stand tall and stand up for your neighborhood. We cannot let this be a repeat of 1968. The neighborhood they're in right now is still burned down from 1968."

City Councilwoman Helen Holton

"An eye for an eye and we all become blind. We are better than this."

Former Gov. Martin O'Malley

"I'm saddened that the City I love is in such pain this night.  All of us share a profound feeling of grief for Freddie Gray and his family. We must come together as one City to transform this moment of loss and pain into a safer and more just future for all of Baltimore's people."

Sen. Barbara Mikulski

"Violence is unacceptable no matter who does it. Vandalism is unacceptable no matter who does it.... It's time for calm. It's time for the kids to go home. It's time to remember the vast majority of Baltimore's citizens are law abiding."

Sen. Ben Cardin

"I am fully committed to seeing justice for #FreddieGray but senseless violence will bring us no closer to that goal. Please, we need peace."


Writer David Simon

"There was real power and potential in the peaceful protests that spoke in Mr. Gray's name initially, and there was real unity at his homegoing today. But this, now, in the streets, is an affront to that man's memory and a dimunition of the absolute moral lesson that underlies his unnecessary death."

Former NAACP president Kweisi Mfume

"It's just out of control, I mean I don't know if there's a better way to explain it right now. The protesters seem to be more organized, in some respects than the police."

Actor Wendell Pierce

"Baltimore. These are not protesters. These are criminals disrespectful of the wishes of the family and people of good will."

Former Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith

"Baltimore this isn't the answer!!!...It went from a peaceful protest to damn near a war which isn't going to do anything but delay progress."

Writer Ta-Nehisi Coates

"Rioting is not an attempt to do what is unimpeachably morally correct. It is an expression of anger. Some humans riot because their school lost the big game. Others because the State can't stop killing them."

TV personality Montel Williams 

"As a guy who grew up in Cherry Hill, we need peace in Baltimore. There's good reason to be frustrated, there is no justification for this."

Ravens defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore

"I can't believe what I am watching in Baltimore. Man... This is not the answer."

Actress Julie Bowen

"oh, Baltimore..."

Author Wes Moore

"My perspective. #PrayforBaltimore"

Actor Andre Royo

"To my beloved city Baltimore. I feel your pain. Stand up..rise up without breaking down! Discipline not destruction."


Empowerment Temple Pastor Jamal Bryant

"Clergy!!!..We need to be in the streets right now! ... All disciplined brothers both Muslim & Christian we are one army today...we must reclaim this situation! Come to Mondawmin now!"

Trinacria Italian Deli in downtown Baltimore

"Cafe has been destroyed. Deli is next. Thanks baltimore."

Bryan Voltaggio, restaurant owner

"Understand safety as a father, but robbing an education and organized meals is worse then looting SAD!" (in response to Baltimore City school closure announcement)

Matt McDermott, creative director

"America, this isn't the real Baltimore. I pray the world will also see how we overcome this."

Freddie Gray's twin sister Fredericka Gray 

"I don't think that's for Freddie...I think the violence is wrong."