BALTIMORE, MD - It only takes a couple of bad apples to spoil the bunch, evidence of that in Baltimore Saturday night. Peaceful protests turned violent, but despite all the destruction, looting and just all-around chaos, Baltimore's police chief still had praise for the residents of Baltimore.
"I am to a degree disappointed. We worked very hard to allow people to do the protests. The vast majority of residents out here today did a good job. It's just a small amount that felt that they had to turn this into an ugly event, an ugly day. For the most part, people did what they were supposed to do," said Commissioner Anthony Batts, Baltimore Police Department.
Even Gray's twin sister, Fredericak Gray pleaded with protesters to stop the violence.
"My family wants to say to y'all, please, please stop the violence. Freddie Gray would not want this. Freddie's father and mother does not want no violence," Gray said during a press conference Saturday night. "Violence does not get justice."
Dozens of protesters were pulled from the crowd and taken into custody. Six officers were also hurt during the scuffles.
It was a peaceful start to the day on Sunday, as a funeral home opened its doors for Gray's wake. The weekend protests were the largest demonstrations since the death of Freddie Gray one week ago, when the 25-year-old suffered a fatal spine injury while in police custody.
The crowds are likely not going anywhere anytime soon, as Gray is expected to be laid to rest on Monday, April 27.