lunes, abril 27, 2015
Disturbios en Baltimore tras funeral de Freddy Gray / 7 Baltimore officers injured in riots after Gray funeral
Hamil R. Harris and Peter Hermann
The Maryland National Guard has been put on alert, and the Orioles announced they had postponed tonight’s game.
BALTIMORE — Police on Monday afternoon clashed with protesters who tossed rocks and bricks at officers and damaged police cruisers, injuring several officers.
Police said that seven officers have been hurt in incidents near the Mondawmin Mall in the Reisterstown Road area. Some suffered broken bones and one officer was unresponsive, police said in an afternoon press conference.
Throughout the evening, groups of protesters moved through the city. Television images showed youths jumping on a police cruiser and smashing the car’s windows. The crowds set fires and looted stores.
Dozens of police officers wearing helmets and riot gear lined up to confront groups of youths, in some cases they set off flash grenades to disperse crowds.
Governor Larry Hogan said in a statement that he was in touch with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and has put the Maryland National Guard on alert so they could be deployed if needed. The Baltimore Orioles announced they had postponed a game set for Monday evening against the Chicago White Sox.
“Right now our focus is making sure that the people who live in that community are safe and that our officers are safe,” Baltimore police Capt. Eric Kowalczyk said in a press conference. “We will find the people that are responsible and we will put them in jail. Right now it’s a group of lawless individuals with no regard for the safety of the people who live in that community.”
The tensions came after the funeral of Freddie Gray at a Baltimore church. Hundreds had gathered to pay their respects to Gray, 25, who died in police custody — making his death the latest flashpoint in a national debate over police treatment of racial minorities.
Gray died April 19, a week after he was arrested on a West Baltimore corner, pinned to the ground and dragged to the back of a police wagon. Police said he died of severe injuries to his spine and both federal and local authorities are trying to determine how the injuries occurred.
The Rev. Jamal Bryant, who has been a leading protest organizer, arrived on the scene, less than a mile from the church where the funeral was held, just after 5 p.m. He said a team of men from his church was trying to calm the streets.
“This is not what Baltimore stands for,” Bryant told CNN. “I am asking everyone to go home and clear the streets.”
“This does not represent the Gray family, nor does it represent the last seven days of peaceful protesting,” Bryant said.
As he monitored the violence, Hogan cancelled his public schedule for Tuesday.
“Today’s looting and acts of violence in Baltimore will not be tolerated,” Hogan said in the statement. “My thoughts and prayers go out to the men and women in uniform who are actively working to stem this violence and several who been injured in the line of duty. These malicious attacks against law enforcement and local communities only betray the cause of peaceful citizens seeking answers and justice following the death of Freddie Gray.”
Amid the Monday protests, authorities shut down transit in the area, including the Mondawmin Metro Station and continued to pour in additional resources as protest groups defied orders to disperse. Some businesses and the University of Maryland Baltimore campus closed early.
Maryland State Police sent 42 troopers to the city to assist in the response, and Montgomery County police sent about 40 officers.
The protests began just after 3 p.m. and continued into the evening, with groups in several locations around the city.
At one point, rioters looted a CVS store as a line of two dozen police officers stood shoulder to shoulder about a block away.
Barbara Taylor, 60, has lived in the neighborhood near the store for 15 years. As she spoke, a group of teenagers carrying cases of soda and Arizona Iced Tea walked by. “All I can see is crime,” said Taylor. “The people doing this don’t live around here. They’re kids coming in to our neighborhood and breaking it apart. There is no reason for this.”
Another neighbor, Darlene Dorsey, who declined to give her age, said she thinks the streets will calm if police take action against the officers involved in Gray’s arrest. All the officers involved in Gray’s arrest and transport have denied using excessive force, officials said.
“Just arrest the police who did it and all this will stop. They are taking way too long,” Dorsey said.
Later, a group of adults carrying a milk crate filled with batteries and I-Phone chargers from the CVS and stopped to divvy them up. The scene unfolded as a police van from the transit authority burned at Pennsylvania and North avenues burned.
Baltimore Police also were appealing at about 5:30 p.m. for parents to have their children come home because of the number of juveniles in the disorderly groups. “Due to the large number of juveniles in these violent groups,” the police department wrote in a series of tweets, “We are asking all parents to locate their children and bring them home.”
Around 6:20 p.m., police detained two men at the corner of Calvert and Pratt streets at the Inner Harbor. As police came to confront the men, officers commanded: “Get you hands out of your pockets!”
“I didn’t do nothing!” one man kept saying as they were taken to the ground and handcuffed.
It was unclear why they were detained.
Business in the popular tourist area had closed and lines of police were at the ready along sidewalks near the local mall here.
Police officials also said Monday they’ve received credible information that various gangs, including the Black Guerilla Family, the Bloods and the Crips, have “entered into a partnership to ‘take-out’” law enforcement officers.
Baltimore police advised law enforcement agencies to take “appropriate precautions” to make sure their officers were safe.
T. Rowe Price closed its downtown Baltimore offices at 2 p.m. Monday, “based on credible information received earlier today predicting additional protest activities and very large crowds gathering in the downtown vicinity,” said company spokesman Brian Lewbart in a statement.
“We took this step out of an abundance of caution and to honor our commitment to the safety of our associates,” Lewbart said.
Gallery Place mall at the Inner Harbor closed Monday afternoon and Johns Hopkins University’s Carey Business School closed their Harbor East campus due to demonstrations, officials said.
The University of Maryland Baltimore campus also closed at 2 p.m. as university officials cited a recommendation by city police. School spokesman Alex Likowski said police warned of activity “that could become violent,” but he could not specify what the potentially dangerous events were.
“We have to trust them that when they have good credible information, we have to take them at face value.”
Over the weekend, there were protests in Baltimore that at times turned violent with damage done to police cars and some vandalism of outdoor patios near the baseball stadium.
Peter Hermann, Julie Zauzmer, Mary Pat Flaherty, Dana Hedgpeth and Clarence Williams contributed to this report.
Compromete apoyo al candidato del PRM
Hipólito Mejía reconoce triunfo de Luis Abinader en Convención
El ex Presidente Hipólito Mejía reconoció el triunfo del licenciado Luis Abinader, en la Convención interna del Partido Revolucionario Moderno, celebrada en pasado domingo, expresándole su compromiso de apoyarle para que se convierta en el próximo presidente de la República.
“Soy un demócrata a carta cabal, tengo un compromiso con la democracia dominicana y aquí estoy para continuar mis modestos aportes en lograr que el PRM y la Oposición ganen las elecciones de mayo del 2016”, dijo el ex mandatario, al visitar en la mañana de hoy al electo candidato presidencial del PRM en sus oficinas políticas.
Mientras que el electo candidato presidencial perremeista, Licenciado Luis Abinader, agradeció el gesto del ex mandatario, de quien dijo no tenía dudas de que actuaria como lo hizo, porque ha demostrado ser un hombre honesto en toda su vida, y un demócrata comprometido con el bienestar de la sociedad dominicana y su democracia.
Mejía manifestó que firmó el acuerdo propuesto por la Comisión Organizadora y acudió al llamado del deber, para honrar lo firmado y ponerse a la disposición de la campaña del candidato presidencial, Luis Abinader y lograr su victoria en mayo del próximo año.
Tanto el ex presidente, como el candidato electo, reconocieron el ejemplar comportamiento de los perremeistas, frustrando así los vaticinios de gente que se “frotaba las manos” para que ocurriera algún incidente.
Felicitaron la disciplina y amor partidario demostrados por los miembros del PRM en este ejemplar e histórico evento interno, con el cual se inicia el rescate del sistema de partidos.
Mejía recibió en su residencia, en las primeras horas de la mañana, a los miembros de la Comisión Organizadora, Milagros Ortiz Bosch, Sonia Guzmán y José García Ramírez, quienes le rindieron un informe pormenorizado del desarrollo de la Convención.
Al salir de dicha reunión, la ex vice Presidenta reconoció la estatura de estadista de Mejía, demostrada en esta convención, con cuyo comportamiento contribuyó de forma capital al éxito de la misma, en la forma como se logró.
Mejía fue recibido por el propio Luis Abinader en la entrada de sus oficinas donde acudió acompañado de su hijo Felipe Mejía Gómez, su encargado de campaña, César Cedeño, Faruk Miguel, el General Carlos Díaz Morfa, encargado de su seguridad personal, su cuñado Sergio Grullón, su sobrino Carlos Grullón.
Abinader estuvo acompañado de su esposa, señora Raquel Arbaje, su hija Esther Abinader Arbaje, además de Roberto Fulcar, su encargado de campaña, Eligio Jaquez, Orlando Jorge Mera, José Rodríguez Soldevilla, Luis Valdez y decenas de dirigentes de su equipo político.
+ de LUIS ABINADER
Boletin #1 #ConvencionPRM @LuisAbinader 45,809 HM @llegopapa 18,139, @GeanildaOficial 613 @JustoDuarte 301
@OrtizBosch Boletin #1 #ConvencionPRM @LuisAbinader 45,809 HM @llegopapa 18,139, @GeanildaOficial 613 @JustoDuarte 301 @ABautistaGarcia
*Luis Abinader dice que con la Convención del PRM ha ganado la República Dominicana* 26 de abril de 2015. SANTO DOMINGO.- El licenciado Luis Abinader, luego de escuchar el primer boletín emitido por la Comisión Organizadora de la Convención, expreso que en la Convención del Partido Revolucionario Moderno ha ganado la República Dominicana. “Ha triunfado la democracia con el fortalecimiento del Partido Revolucionario Moderno”. “Hoy no hay perdedores porque hoy se demostró el interés de procurar el Poder con un partido nuevo, sano y fuerte”. Felicito a los compañeros y compañeras que par... más »