US Police Arrest 12 in Baltimore Rally over Black Man's Death (+Video)
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Thousands of people marched peacefully through downtown Baltimore on Saturday to protest the unexplained death of a black man in police custody but pockets of violence erupted when a small group smashed windows and threw bottles at officers.
At least 2,000 demonstrators attended the march to City Hall, the largest turnout since 25-year-old Freddie Gray died a week ago, Reuters reported.
As darkness fell, about 100 protesters splintered from the group and threw bottles, metal barricades and other objects at police officers and their cruisers, authorities said.
The windows of several businesses were smashed, Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said.
Police arrested 12 people who ignored orders to disperse, Batts said. At least one officer was hurt in the skirmishes.
Fredericka Gray, Freddie's twin sister, joined Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake at a news conference where she urged people to keep calm.
"Freddie’s father and mother do not want violence, violence does not get justice," she said.
Gray died April 19 after suffering a spinal injury while in police custody.
With his death, Gray joined a long list of black men who have died under questionable circumstances during police encounters in recent months. The highly publicized incidents have triggered an outcry over the use of force by law enforcement against African-Americans.
Last year, weeks of protests followed the fatal shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown by a white officer in Ferguson, Missouri, and the chokehold death of Eric Garner in New York City.