Last night’s violence in Baltimore resulted in 200 arrests, 15 injured police officers and dozens of fires, some of which burned for hours around the city.
WNEW CBS News Radio reporter Cameron Thompson was in Baltimore last night and says that today, residents were back on the streets to clean up the mess.
“People came out from as far away as New York city to clean up the streets.”
Thompson says the mood in the city is one of resolve, with residents hoping the looting and violence will not recur. The National Guard has been deployed and Thompson says thousands of police officers from surrounding counties have been brought in to maintain order.
“They’re not really saying what their exact numbers are or where they’ll be placed but it will be done strategically and the National Guard will be on stand-by.”
Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has received some criticism for her handling of the situation, with some saying police failed to respond quickly enough when violence broke out.
But Thompson says the violence was more the result of a few people taking things too far.
“The mayor said her police force had given the people the right to protest to practice their free speech rights but unfortunately that was also taken over by people looking to incite violence. So it’s a catch-22 where they were trying to give people the right to gather and protest but some people took it further than that.”
Several journalists were attacked during while reporting in Baltimore last night, including one of Thompson’s colleague’s but Thompson says he was mostly treated well, and even protected, by the people in the streets.
“I was in some areas where some protesters told me to leave quickly because there were some crowds approaching that were less than friendly to media in the area.”
Listen to the full interview here:
Images captured during the riots
— Kaydeanne✨ (@_kaydeanne) April 28, 2015
— Cam Thompson WNEW (@CamThompsonWNEW) April 27, 2015