Don’t worry, Baltimore. The Reverend Al is on his way.
Al Sharpton said Monday that he is going to visit Baltimore this week against the backdrop of violent riots and looting in the aftermath of the funeral of the late Freddie Gray.
“I have been asked by many in the Baltimore area since day one to get involved in the justice for Freddie Gray movement,” Sharpton said in a statement. “I will come to Baltimore this week at the invitation or Rev. Westley West, who has led vigils daily there, along with local clergy, and morning radio show host Larry Young who has headed our Baltimore chapter of NAN for the last decade.”
Sharpton wants to organize a two-day march next month to protest the death of Gray, who passed away from injuries after being seized by Baltimore police.
Seven police officers have been injured in the riots, with one officer unresponsive, as of 5:30 PM EST Monday. At least two police cars have been destroyed with one car set on fire, and a CVS and a check-cashing place have been looted. Demonstrators have been seen throwing rocks and bricks at police.
The White House is reportedly monitoring the situation in Baltimore.