Rioting prompts state of emergency in Baltimore

A state of emergency has been declared in the US city of Baltimore as protesters clashed with police following the funeral of a 25-year-old black man who died a week ago from a spinal injury in police custody.

The riots broke out just a few blocks from the site of Freddie Gray’s funeral and then spread throughout other parts of the city.

At least 15 police officers were injured, a police spokesman says, as authorities in riot gear cordoned off streets. Police say they have arrested about 27 people after hundreds of rioters looted businesses and set buildings on fire.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan spoke at a news conference today, calling for the restoration of calm in Baltimore.