Protestors face police Monday, April 27, 2015, during unrest following the funeral of Freddie Gray in Baltimore. (Amy Davis/The Baltimore Sun via AP)
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Rioters plunged part of Baltimore into chaos Monday, torching a pharmacy, setting police cars ablaze and throwing bricks at officers hours after thousands mourned the man who died from a severe spinal injury he suffered in police custody.At least 15 officers were hurt, and some two dozen people were arrested. Two officers remained hospitalized, police said. Monday's riot was the latest flare-up over the mysterious death of Freddie Gray, whose fatal encounter with officers came amid the national debate over police use of force, especially when black suspects are involved. Gray was African-American. Later Monday night, a massive fire erupted in East Baltimore that a spokesman for Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake initially said was connected to the riots.Gray's family was shocked by the violence and was lying low; instead, they hoped to organize a peace march later in the week, said family attorney Billy Murphy.On Monday night, Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings and about 200 people, mostly men, marched arm-in-arm through a neighborhood littered with broken glass, flattened aluminum cans and other debris, to protest Gray's death.Bryant said Gray's death would spur further protests, and he urged those in the audience to join.Gray was arrested after making eye contact with officers and then running away, police said.
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