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Maryland declares State of Emergency amid protest over death of black man in police custody

Published:Monday | April 27, 2015 | 6:44 PM
Smoke billows from a CVS Pharmacy store in Baltimore on Monday, April 27, 2015. Demonstrators clashed with police after the funeral of Freddie Gray. Gray died from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a Baltimore Police Department van.

BALTIMORE, Maryland: (AP)

The governor of Maryland has declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard to help with the violence and rioting in Baltimore.

Governor Larry Hogan signed the order this evening at the request of the city.

Cars and at least one store have been set on fire during a riot and businesses are being looted in part of the city.

The riot started just hours after the funeral for Freddie Gray, who died after being injured while in police custody.