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Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) -- Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency Monday following a violent gathering in Baltimore, where people threw objects at police, set cars on fire and looted businesses. Hogan also activated the National Guard.

Multiple police officers were injured in the violent protests after the funeral of Freddie Gray, who died of a spinal injury while in police custody earlier this month.

Police said a group of protesters were throwing bricks in the direction of officers near the Mondawmin Mall. A police presence in the area had been building throughout the afternoon Monday.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan also activated the National Guard.

"These acts of violence and destruction ... cannot and will not be tolerated," Hogan said at a news conference Monday evening. Hogan called the clashes "disturbing" and referred to the protesters as "thugs."

Protesters were also seen climbing on a police cruiser and damaging several others. Police tweeted that people were also looting businesses and setting cars on fire.

One of the looted businesses was a CVS Pharmacy, but a spokesman for CVS said the store was closed earlier in the day out of an abundance of caution so no customers or employees were there at the time.

One of our officers has been injured at Mondawmin Mall. The group continues to throw bricks and other items at police officers.

— Baltimore Police (@BaltimorePolice) April 27, 2015

Additional officers have been injured in the area of Liberty Heights and Reisterstown Rd. The group continues to throw bricks at officers

— Baltimore Police (@BaltimorePolice) April 27, 2015

We are continuing to deploy resources into the neighborhoods around Mondawmin Mall to ensure everyone remains safe.

— Baltimore Police (@BaltimorePolice) April 27, 2015

Baltimore City Police Capt. Eric Kowalczyk said at a press availability that fifteen officers had been seriously injured. Two remained in the hospital Monday night, while the others had been released.

"Right now it is a group of lawless individuals with no regard" for safety, he said.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake activated Baltimore's emergency operations center Monday afternoon to coordinate response in the city.

Rawlings-Blake said Monday night that the city of Baltimore would institute a curfew beginning Tuesday night at 10 p.m. The curfew would go from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. and would last for one week. "What that means," she said, "is that if you are on the streets, it's a medical emergency or you're going to work."

Baltimore already has youth curfews, which remain in effect Monday night and throughout the week.

Hogan was briefed on the situation, according to press secretary Shareese DeLeaver Churchill. According to a statement from Hogan earlier Monday, the Maryland State Police have been dispatched in response to the clashes, while the National Guard are on alert.

"Today's looting and acts of violence in Baltimore will not be tolerated," Hogan said. "There is a significant difference between protesting and violence and those committing these acts will be prosecuted under the fullest extent of the law."

Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski said: "We are extremely disappointed about the violence that has taken place in Baltimore by a few."

"We know the people of Baltimore. We know they have strong passions, we also know they respect each other’s rights, and we would ask everyone to please do that and certainly we respect the right to express your views but do it in a peaceful way and don’t feed into the very few number that have resorted to vandalism and violence," Mikulski added.

In response to the incidents on Monday, Major League Baseball's Baltimore Orioles cancelled their Monday night game at Baltimore's Camden Yards. Restrictions were also put in place at Baltimore's Penn Station, with only passengers showing tickets being allowed to enter.

"Too many people have spent generations building up this city," Rawlings-Blake said at a press conference Monday night, "for it to be destroyed by thugs."

Edie Foster, Public Information Manager for the Baltimore City Public Schools told ABC News that the schools will be closed on Tuesday.

According to a statement posted to the Baltimore City Schools website, the closure was enacted out of "a heightened responsibility to our students, families, and school communities" at a "time of tension and anxiety." The school system will also make crisis counselors and mental health professionals available to all students.

"We are deeply concerned about our students and community," the statement read, "and we hope to treat this situation not only as a teachable moment but also a time for thoughtful reflection on how we can reduce conflict and violence in our society."

Federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are investigating several fires in Baltimore as possible arsons, an ATF spokesman told ABC News. ATF agents are already actively working fire scenes, including the massive structure fire at a community center. ATF arson investigators will work to determine if the fires were deliberately set, the spokesman said.

Before Gray's funeral on Monday, police had announced that there was a credible threat against law enforcement officers. A police press release warned that members of gangs including the Bloods, Crips, and Black Guerilla Family "have entered into a partnership to 'take-out' law enforcement officers."

Volatile protests had been held throughout the weekend, with some violence reported. Baltimore City Police said that between Saturday afternoon and the early morning Sunday, there had been 34 arrests.

Gray was picked up by police on Sunday, April 12. Police have not officially disclosed a reason why he was taken into custody, though they said Gray fled after officers made eye contact with him.

He went into a coma on Thursday, April 16, and died the morning of Sunday, April 19, his family attorney has said.

Controversy over Gray's arrest spread across the country when footage shot by bystanders appeared to show Gray shouting in pain as he was apprehended.

 
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ABC News(AURORA, Colo.) -- Aurora, Colorado theater shooter James Holmes was present in court Monday for the opening of his trial, and looked dramatically different from his earlier court appearances.

Holmes, who has previously been seen wearing an orange prison jumpsuit in various court hearings, was wearing khakis, a blue-and-white striped button-down shirt and glasses. On Monday, he also had a small mustache and beard.

His new look comes in stark contrast to his earlier appearances, when his unkempt hair was dyed bright orange.

Holmes appeared at a pretrial hearing at the Arapahoe County courthouse earlier Monday morning, when he read from several typed pages before the official trial began.

Victims' relatives were not allowed in Monday morning's hearing but will be seated in court for the trial. Each seat has a decorum notice taped to the back, warning audience members that they may be banned from court if they make any audible comments or have an outburst.

The prosecution team presented some of its exhibits Monday, including 911 calls from the movie theater, photos of explosives found in Holmes' apartment, video of one of the victims of the shooting and photos of all 12 people who were killed that night. They also showed video from one of Holmes' psychiatric evaluations in which he said "I only count fatalities" and that the injured were "collateral damage."

The defense also showed parts of its case, including video of Holmes as a child, as well as video of him in a holding cell the night of the shooting with bags on his hand -- which the defense says he thought were puppets.

The defense claims Holmes was diagnosed with "psychosis" that night and heard up to eight voices at a time.

Holmes has entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity, which means he acknowledges killing 12 people and injuring 70 more inside a movie theater in July 2012.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. If he is found not guilty by reason of insanity, he would be committed indefinitely to a state mental institution. But if he were later deemed sane, he could, theoretically, be released, though legal experts say that is unlikely.

The district attorney described Monday how Holmes was declared sane by multiple state-appointed doctors and Holmes’ defense attorney saying there is “ample evidence he's not faking anything.”

New information about the shooting was also revealed Monday, including how Holmes scoped out various theaters and rated them based on the number of possible exits. Prosecutors also say Holmes took a Vicodin before heading to the theater and blasted techno music in his headphones during the shooting.

Defense attorney Daniel King focused much of his opening statement on the difference between the ability to plan and the side effects of mental disease, which Holmes’ team contends he had at the time of the shooting.

“It’s a brain disease just as cancer is a body disease,” King said of schizophrenia, which he said Holmes had.

“The question is not can they think or plan but what are they planning for... is it an illogical delusional objective? That’s the crucible of insanity, not planning,” King said.

The prosecution is scheduled to begin making its case on Tuesday morning.

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Alex_Schmidt/iStock/Thinkstock(SAN FRANCISCO) --  A bartender and model is broadening her lawsuit against San Francisco transit police to include an Oakland cop after she says they used excessive force while booking her on St. Patrick’s Day last year and caused her to break at least four bones in her face.

Megan Sheehan acknowledges she was intoxicated and belligerent when she was apprehended at a Bay Area Rapid Transit station, but says officers left her with permanent physical damage after taking her to the nearby jail to charge her.

"I should have never gotten that drunk, but also there are ways to detain someone and not break their face," she told ABC station KGO-TV.

The dramatic moment was caught on security cameras from inside the Santa Rita jail, as well as body cameras that were being worn by officers near Sheehan, showing how two officers appear to throw her to the ground right after she turned toward one of the officers and told him to stop touching her.

An audible thud can be heard as Sheehan hit the ground, and people standing near are heard gasping. An officer kneeling next to her after she hit the ground can be heard requesting medical help.

According to the lawsuit filed by Sheehan’s attorney last July, she suffered "serious head injuries including but not limited to fracturing four of her cheek bones, splitting her molar, and cracking a front tooth."

The video shows Sheehan lying unconscious in a pool of blood as people near her, though it is unclear exactly who, say her name to try and get her to respond.

Sheehan, who is now 28 but was 27 at the time of the incident, did not remember anything of what happened on the night of the altercation, and it was only after her attorneys obtained video from inside the police station that they were able to determine how she broke the bones in her face.

"Finally, when we saw this last video we saw that, 'Oh, she couldn't put her hands out because they were being held behind her back,'" Liza de Vries, one of Sheehan's attorneys, told ABC News Monday.

"She's still recovering mentally from what happened. Physically she's still having her teeth repaired. Her facial bones have recovered...though she can still feel that they were broken," de Vries said.

The suit says that she spent two days being treated in a nearby hospital and never faced criminal charges.

De Vries told ABC News that they have an amendment hearing scheduled for the case on May 28 because they have now learned that in addition to a BART police officer there was also an Oakland police officer who was allegedly holding one of Sheehan's arms behind her back when she was pushed to the ground. As a result, they will ask to have that officer and the Oakland police department added as defendants in the suit.

ABC News’ calls to BART police and the Oakland police department were not immediately returned. They told KGO they would not comment on the case because it is in active litigation, though attorneys for BART have denied liability in earlier court proceedings.


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