After taking care of some personal matters earlier today I got home to see a different Baltimore on television. One day after the rioting, looting and uprising in Baltimore, the residents of Charm City came together to help clean up their city and take their city back. From what I read some of the clean-up was organized by Baltimore residents via Facebook.
What most intrigued me while watching the news was how the reporters were talking to the people who live in the communities. People cleaning up their neighborhoods, people marching for justice, people from Baltimore coming together in an almost block party type of atmosphere. I was channel surfing between NBC4, CNN and MSNBC and it was amazing to see how reporters approached everyday people and asking them their feelings on what happened yesterday and why they had to gather in Baltimore to bring calm to their community. A townhall meeting was held this evening at the Empowerment Temple AME Church headed by Pastor Jamal Bryant. Pastor Bryant delivered the eulogy at Freddie Gray’s funeral.
Following the Monday funeral of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old black man who died in police custody last week, protesters clashed with police officers in violent riots throughout the city of Baltimore.
The city had experienced 144 vehicle fires, 15 structure fires and nearly 200 arrests, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency.
But out of the chaos has come a flurry of community outreach to put Baltimore back together. On Tuesday morning, residents came together to clean up areas damaged by the unrest. More than 2,500 people had joined a Baltimore cleanup effort Facebook event as of Tuesday afternoon, and the numbers continue to grow.
“I thought it was my civic duty to come out to restore my neighborhood,” Baltimore resident Myra Keane told CBS Baltimore.