PRESS CONFERENCE, WHICH COULD START ANY MOMENT, I WANT TO BRING IN JUSTIN FENTON, REPORTER FOR THE BALTIMORE SUN. HE WITNESSED THIS TURN FROM PEACE TO FEEL VIOLENT THIS AFTERNOON. HE HAS BEEN IN THE STREETS SINCE ALL THIS STARTED. JUSTIN, I APOLOGIZE IN ADVANCE IF I HAVE TO INTERRUPT YOU TO GO LIVE TO THIS PRESS CONFERENCE. I KNOW YOU’LL UNDERSTAND. BUT LET ME JUST START BY ASKING YOU WHAT HAPPENED. WE HAD ALL BEEN TALKING ABOUT HOW THERE WERE JUST LITTLE BRIEF MOMENTS OF ANGER, BUT THIS WAS SO PEACEFUL. THEN ALL OF THE SUDDEN TODAY IT JUST TURNED. YOU WERE THERE WHEN IT TURNED. WHAT HAPPENED?>>I REALLY CAN’T EXPLAIN IT. EARLIER IN THE DAY, THERE WAS REPORTS, THERE WAS SOCIAL MEDIA MEMES GOING AROUND SAYING EVERYBODY PURGE TODAY, A REFERENCE TO A MOVIE IN WHICH THERE IS A PERIOD OF LAWLESSNESS. AND SO FRANKLY, WE’VE SEEN THOSE GO AROUND BEFORE. WE’VE SEEN THEM GO AROUND. WE GET THEM FORWARDED TO US FROM CONCERNED RESIDENTS AND SAY IS THIS REAL? AND POLICE TEND TO BEEF UP THEIR PRESENCE DOWNTOWN AND NOTHING COMES OF IT. WELL, TODAY THE CLIMATE IS OBVIOUSLY A BIT DIFFERENT WITH THE FRUSTRATIONS IN THE COMMUNITY. AND SO POLICE SENT OUT AN INCREDIBLE NUMBER OF OFFICERS TO OUR DOWNTOWN AREA AND TO THE MALL. AND, YOU KNOW, IT WAS SOMETHING WHERE THERE WAS A HANDFUL OF STUDENTS WHO WERE AT THE MALL. THIS IS A PLACE WHERE STUDENTS GO TO CATCH BUSES. THERE ARE NO YELLOW SCHOOL BUSES IN BALTIMORE. KIDS RIDE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION. AND SO THIS WAS — IT IS UNCLEAR WHETHER PEOPLE WERE ACTUALLY PARTICIPATING IN THIS SO-CALLED PURGE, WHETHER THEY WERE SIMPLY TRYING TO GET HOME. BUT POLICE WERE THERE IN RIOT GEAR. STUDENTS STARTED THROWING THINGS AT THEM. AND SHORTLY AFTERWARDS WE GOT REPORTS THAT A MILE SOUTH, A POLICE OFFICER WAS INJURED IN A POLICE CAR WAS BEING DESTROYED. THAT’S WHEN I RAN DOWN AND GOT IN THE MIDDLE OF EVERYTHING. >>AND JUSTIN, IN TERMS OF HOW THINGS ARE NOW, WE HAVE SEEN LOOTING NOW IN SEVERAL STORES, NOW CAN REPORT THAT INSIDE THE BALTIMORE MALL, WHICH YOU WERE JUST REFERRING TO, I DON’T KNOW IF YOU CAN SEE THIS, BUT WE NOW — BALTIMORE POLICE SAY THEY HAVE REPORTS SEVERAL PEOPLE ARE NOW INSIDE THAT MALL. THEY ARE LOOTING, DESTROYING PROPERTY. THIS IS ACCORDING TO BALTIMORE POLICE, THE LATEST THAT WE HAVE. HOW MUCH LOOT HAVING YOU SEEN, OR ARE YOU SEEING NOW?>>I WAS INSIDE OF THE AREA, PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE AND NORTH AVENUE WHERE A LOT OF THIS IS TAKING PLACE. AND THE POLICE HAD PERIMETERS SET UP UP THE ROAD AND I THINK TO THE SOUTH. AND REALLY, PEOPLE WERE FREELY FLOWING EITHER SIDE. CIVILIANS WERE DRIVING THROUGH, AND THERE WAS — THERE WAS JUST THIS SENSE THAT YOU COULD COME TO THIS PLACE AND BREAK IN TO STORES, AND YOU COULD SET FIRES, AND YOU COULD STAND ON THE POLICE CAR AND GET A SELFIE TAKEN. AND THAT’S WHAT WAS GOING ON. AND PEOPLE WERE COMING OUT WITH BAGS OF GROCERIES AND VARIOUS THINGS. AT ONE POINT, IT WAS BIZARRE. THE CHECK CASHING PLACE HAD BEEN BROKEN INTO IT. AND IT SEEMED LIKE PEOPLE HAD SUFFICIENTLY RAIDED IT. WORD MUST HAVE SPREAD ON SOCIAL MEDIA OR SOMETHING THAT THIS IS A PLACE YOU COULD BREAK INTO IT. LIKE 200 PEOPLE RUSHED IT ALL AT ONCE. I HAD A GROUP OF SELF-IDENTIFYING CRIPS GANG MEMBERS WHO WERE PROTECTING ME SAYING I WASN’T SAFE. I VENTURED AWAY FROM THEM AT ONE POINT TO TAKE A PICTURE AND A MAN WITH A HOODIE PULLED TIGHT OVER HIS FACE APPROACHED ME WITH MACE. HE TOLD ME TO KICK IT OUT. HE WANTED MY CELL PHONE. HE SPRAYED ME IN THE HEAD. AND I RETREATED BACK TO MY SAFE SPOT WHERE I WAS WITH A STORE OWNER WHO HAD A SHOTGUN PROTECTING HIS PROPERTY.>>WOW. JUST TO GIVE US A SENSE OF HOW DANGEROUS IT IS AND ALSO THE POINT THAT JUSTIN IS MAKING, EVERYBODY. AND I THINK IMPORTANT TO EMPHASIZE THAT A LOT OF THE GANGS HAVE BEEN ON THE STREETS, THEY SAY TRYING TO IMPOSE THEIR OWN SORTS OF ORDER, PLAYING A VERY SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN. THIS RIGHT NOW YOU’RE LOOKING AT PICTURES OF LOOTERS GOING INTO THE BALTIMORE MALL. I JUST TOLD YOU POLICE REPORTED THERE ARE PEOPLE IN THERE LOOTING. AND