The Baltimore Police Department said several officers had been injured Monday afternoon as clusters of protesters turned violent, showering police with rocks and refusing to disperse. At 4 p.m. local time, the police department's Twitter account described a group in an area near the Mondawmin Mall as having gotten "very aggressive and violent." Overhead video footage aired on MSNBC had previously shown riot police carrying an apparently injured uniformed officer and loading him into an emergency vehicle as projectiles continued to land nearby. The demonstrations come in response to the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who is believed to have died of a spinal injury while in police custody earlier this month. Gray's funeral service Monday reportedly drew thousands of mourners to a Baptist church in Baltimore. Gray's family and community leaders have repeatedly called upon protesters to remain peaceful.
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