Baltimore Police Commissioner Batts holds a press conference addressing the violence during the Freddie Gray protests Saturday evening.
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.
"I am profoundly disappointed to see the violence in our city this evening," Rawlings-Blake said at City Hall.
Batts said "splinter groups" from outside the area threw metal barriers at officers and smashed windows of bars and restaurants. A group of juveniles looted a downtown convenience store, he said. Agitated protesters engaged more than 300 officers around Camden Yards, he added.
"They wreaked havoc," Batts said as he spoke in front of police headquarters.
The mayor and Batts called separate news conferences late Saturday.
"I'm very proud of the residents of Baltimore in taking pride in our city and making sure it's safe," Batts said.
Before the marches started Saturday afternoon, Batts said, he went into the crowds at City Hall and at the Western District station. He told protesters about the reforms the department is undertaking to improve the agency.
"I shared with them that we are making deep systemic changes into the culture of this organization," Batts said.
"All the protests today went extremely peaceful on the front end," he said. "People marched down there and had good conversation here. They expressed there thoughts and opinions."