The Baltimore Orioles have postponed tonight’s game against the Chicago White Sox due to ongoing violent, anti-police protests in the city.
After consultation with Baltimore City Police Department, tonight’s game between the Orioles & White Sox at Oriole Park has been postponed.
— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) April 27, 2015
On Monday afternoon, a demonstration regarding the death of Freddie Gray, a man who passed away a week after his arrest by Baltimore police, turned into a riot in Baltimore. A mob, armed with rocks, bottles, and sticks, attacked police, rendering one officer unconscious and sending six additional cops to the hospital. The violent mob also unleashed significant property destruction and looted area businesses.
Prior Monday’s violence, Baltimore police reported “credible” threats from long-established criminal gangs to murder cops.
“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,” the cops reported. “This is a credible threat.”
Monday’s events follow protests on Saturday that witnessed Orioles fans skirmish with protestors, who destroyed property surrounding Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Orioles locked down fans inside the stadium during the 10-inning victory over the Red Sox. When the authorities permitted fans to exit the stadium, they instructed them to steer clear of specific areas.
Orioles executive John Angelos said that he primarily blamed free trade, government surveillance, and erosion of civil-rights laws, rather than the rioters, for violent events outside of Camden Yards this weekend. The son of the team’s owner maintained “there is a far bigger picture for poor Americans in Baltimore and everywhere who don’t have jobs and are losing economic civil and legal rights and this makes inconvenience at a ball game irrelevant in light of the needless suffering government is inflicting upon ordinary Americans.”