‘Violent, aggressive’ protesters throw rocks, bricks at Baltimore police, smash police cruiser (VIDEO)


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Several officers were injured Monday as police and protesters, upset over the recent death of Freddie Gray, clashed on the streets of Baltimore.

The severity of their injuries was not immediately clear, nor was it clear how many officers were hurt.

Video showed police in riot gear taking cover behind an armored vehicle, as protesters pelted them with rocks.

At one point, it looked like officers used tear gas. The Baltimore Police Department said it had heard reports of protesters setting small items on fire.

Earlier in the day, the department said it had received a “credible threat” that gangs were teaming up to “take out” officers.

It did not say where the information came from, nor did it say whether the threat was tied to Gray’s death. Gray died in police custody under circumstances that remain unclear.

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His death has sparked ongoing protests in Baltimore and raised long-simmering tensions between police and residents there.

“The Baltimore Police Department/Criminal Intelligence Unit has received credible information that members of various gangs including the Black Guerilla Family, Bloods, and Crips have entered into a partnership to ‘take out’ law enforcement officers,” police said.

“This is a credible threat. Law enforcement agencies should take appropriate precautions to ensure the safety of their officers,” police said.

Over the weekend, a few protesters vandalized police cars, threw objects at officers, cursed at them and scuffled with them.

About a dozen young men smashed squad cars with garbage cans, climbed on top of them and stomped on them, CNN video showed.

Also on Monday, hundreds attended Gray’s funeral. The 25-year-old was arrested on April 12, and died one week later from a fatal spinal chord injury.

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