100 Baltimore cops injured During Riots:  Police

100 Baltimore cops injured During Riots: Police

100 Baltimore cops injured

According to reports as many as 100 Baltimore cops have been injured in the riots.

Capt. Eric Kowalczyk said Thursday afternoon that more than 40 Baltimore police required medical treatment.

Protesters have been throwing bricks, bottles and other items at officers trying to contain demonstrations after the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who suffered critical injuries while he was in police custody.

Ninety-eight officers have reported injuries, police Capt. Eric Kowalczyk said at a news conference Thursday afternoon.

“Of those 98, 43 required some sort of emergency treatment at a hospital,” he said, adding that protesters have been hurling bricks, bottles and chunks of cement during protests following the death of Freddie Gray, 25, in police custody.

“These are chunks of cement that have serrated edges on them. That’s what was being thrown at our officers,” he said.

According to NBC News, thirteen officers are out on medical leave, and 15 have been placed on light duty, where they can perform administrative functions but not patrol the streets, Kowalczyk said.

In addition, at least 15 structures and more than 100 vehicles were set on fire Monday night. The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives posted a $10,000 reward Thursday for information.

There have been protests in Baltimore and across the country after Gray, who was black, suffered a spinal cord injury while in police custody. He died April 19, a week after the injury.

J.M. Giordano, a photographer for Baltimore City Paper, was taking pictures of the protest when he was “swarmed” and beaten by two police officers in riot gear. Sait Serkan Gurbuz, a Reuters photographer with visible press credentials, who filmed the beating from a public sidewalk, was detained and taken away in the police van. He was later released and cited for disorderly conduct.Thereafter, City Paper published a video on its website documenting the violence.