“We must not allow an already tragic situation to tear our community apart,” Sen. Barbara Mikulski said in a statement released around the same time as the funeral.
The funeral took place after a weekend of protests and arrests in Baltimore.
“After this day, we are going to keep on marching, said Rev. Jamal Bryant at the funeral. “After this day, we are going to keep on demanding justice. After this day, we are going to keep exposing our culture of corruption.”
The streets of Baltimore did not stay peaceful for long.
Protestors were still angry over the death of Freddie Gray, who suffered a severe spinal cord injury and died seven days after his arrest. His death isbeing investigated by the Justice Department.
All out war between kids and police pic.twitter.com/19y4YJ2Y5X
— Erica L. Green (@EricaLG) April 27, 2015
Videos and photos of protestors throwing bricks at police began to surface.
The group, according to Baltimore Police, at least partially consisted of teenagers.
Bricks and stones were thrown between the police and protestors. After some time, the police began to use tear gas against protestors to try and quell the crowds who had shut down the streets.
Left: A Baltimore Police car passes two cars on fire near the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and North Avenue , April 27, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. Riots have erupted in Baltimore following the funeral service for Freddie Gray, who died last week while in Baltimore Police custody. Right: A man pours lighter fluid on debris near the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and North Avenue, April 27, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photos by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
“It is idiotic to think that by destroying your city that you’re gonna make life better for anybody.”
“We are not going to stand by and let cowards ruin our city…This is my city, we can’t sit idly and let it burn.”
— Larry Hogan (@LarryHogan) April 28, 2015
A state of emergency was declared by Gov. Larry Hogan. He said he called in the National Guard as a last resort.
About 5,000 National Guard members will be added to the hundreds of Baltimore Police on the street. Additionally, 5,000 more law enforcement have been requested from the region.
Hogan said he believed all law enforcement would use restraint.
“The last thing we want to do is escalate the violence,” Hogan said.
On the streets, looting also took place. CVS closed several stores in the area after one of their stores was looted and set on fire. Rioters cut the line of the fire hose being used on one of the businesses on fire on national television, as captured by Buzzfeed News.
Left: People carry goods out of a CVS pharmacy near the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and North Avenue, April 27, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. Right: A man stands outside a damaged Cash Express store near the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and North Avenue (Photos by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Bottom: Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts chases away protestors in a parking lot on Reisterstown Road near Mowdamin Mall, April 27, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Bernard Jack Young, Baltimore’s City Council president said the violence was not what Freddie Gray’s family wanted.
Carron Morgan, Gray’s cousin, spoke to the Baltimore Sun’s Kevin Rector.
“We didn’t even want people to protest today. It was just a time to grieve for Freddie and to celebrate his life.”