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Protesters smash cars, face-off with Baltimore police

7:20pm EDT - 01:08

Protesters confront officers and vandalize cars during a march in downtown Baltimore against the unexplained death of a black man while in police custody. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) At least 2,000 people protesting the unexplained death of a black man while in police custody marched through downtown Baltimore on Saturday (April 25), pausing at one point to confront officers in front of Camden Yards, home of the Orioles baseball team. In the biggest protest since 25-year-old Freddie Gray died on Sunday, two clusters of marchers chanting "shut it down" started out at different times before merging during the afternoon into a single wave headed toward City Hall. Protesters were seen throwing pylons at police officers and smashing the windows of a car. Gray is the latest in a series of black men around the country who died under questionable circumstances during police encounters. Their deaths have triggered an outcry in the United States over what many see as law enforcement's unjustified use of force against African-Americans. Saturday's protests came a day after Baltimore's police commissioner conceded that police had failed to provide Gray with timely medical attention for a spinal injury he had suffered sometime after he was apprehended and put inside a transport van. Police have not explained how he sustained the injury. He died a week after his arrest on April 12. During the march, some of the demonstrators confronted about 50 police officers in front of the baseball stadium, where the Baltimore Orioles were due to play the Boston Red Sox at 7:05 p.m. There were no plans to cancel or postpone the game. The demonstrators pushed up against a wall of barricades and waved signs at officers, who stood silently in two lines. Some protesters kicked and dented police cars parked nearby but there was no forceful response by the officers. "The revolution is here! I'm going to kill you! All of you - guilty!" one demonstrator yelled as he leaned over a barricade. The marchers then headed for City Hall, blocking traffic on some streets as they passed. Dozens of officers were standing guard at City Hall. A spokesman for Baltimore Police, which used police helicopters to monitor the marchers, declined to comment on tactics and deployment plans for the marches.

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Protesters smash cars, face-off with Baltimore police

7:20pm EDT - 01:08