The Baltimore Sun has live blogging coverage of the Freddie Gray protest in Baltimore. Freddie Gray died one week after sustaining spinal cord injuries while in police custody following his arrest on April 12 in West Baltimore.
Baltimore, Maryland (CNN)Protesters angry over the death of Freddie Gray got into physical altercations with police Saturday night in downtown Baltimore not far from the city’s famed baseball stadium.
Some of the hundreds who confronted lines of police officers got into shoving matches with helmeted cops while other demonstrators threw objects. At least five police cars were damaged by people who smashed windows and jumped on them.
“We have isolated pockets of people from out of town causing disturbances downtown,” the Baltimore Police Department tweeted.
It appeared at least four people were handcuffed and led off by police, but it was unclear whether they were arrested.
The skirmishes followed a planned demonstration over how police handled the arrest of Gray, a 25-year-old Baltimore man who suffered a spinal injury at some point after he was detained by police on April 12. He died a week later.
Earlier, demonstrators had marched through the streets until they arrived at City Hall. Along the way, whenever it appeared the protest might get out of control, organizers reined the marchers back in.
The event ended after speeches at Baltimore City Hall on Saturday evening, but many protesters continued to vent their anger by marching down to Inner Harbor.
When demonstrators got to Oriole Park at Camden Yards, tensions escalated and some people threw what appeared to be water bottles and other objects at the cops, who wore helmets and stood behind metal barricades.
Fans who were arriving to watching the hometown Orioles play the Boston Red Sox were having trouble finding ways to the entrance gates. The game started on time.
Throughout the day protesters yelled, “No justice, no peace” and “All night, all day; we’re gonna fight for Freddie Gray.”
The police department used Twitter to update the public on the progress of the march. At City Hall, speakers demanded justice for the Gray family and an end to what they called police brutality against black suspects.