CNN reporter apologizes after linking veterans, Baltimore riots

CNN reporter Brooke Baldwin apologized after her comments linking military veterans who now work as police officers to the Baltimore riots associated with the death of Freddie Gray.


"I love our nation’s veterans, but some of them are coming back from war, they don’t know the communities, and they are ready to do battle,” Baldwin said during an interview with U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings. The two were discussing police recruitment.

Gray, 25,  died following his April 12 arrest. The details surrounding his arrest are unclear. Police told The Associated Press that Gray was arrested and loaded into a police van "after making eye contact with officers and then running away."

Officers reportedly held Gray down, put him in the van without a seat belt and later put him in leg cuffs. Although Gray repeatedly asked for help, paramedics were not called for 30 minutes.

Gray died April 19 after suffering a spinal injury that many believe happened while under Baltimore police custody.

Atlanta-based CNN has provided comprehensive coverage of the riots that followed Gray's funeral on Monday. As CNN reporter Miguel Marquez reported live Monday night, fire crews worked to douse flames engulfing a CVS while a rioter slashed their fire hose.

Baltimore firefighters battle a three-alarm fire April 27, 2015, at a senior-living facility under construction at Federal and Chester Streets in East Baltimore. It was unclear whether is was related to the ongoing riots but was one of several fires in the area.

The Baltimore Orioles' home game against the Chicago White Sox was postponed Monday night because of safety concerns after riots broke out near Camden Yards. Tuesday's game was postponed as well.

The Orioles organization along with Major League Baseball said the series will resume in Baltimore today - minus the fans.

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Jennifer Brett
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