• 9 a.m.—Calls from the west side requesting shelter increase after this point. • 8:30 p.m.—Some city policemen are pinned down behind cars by two or three snipers firing from upper floors of the Flag House housing project in the 1000 block of E. Lombard St. Material on this site may be quoted or reproduced for personal and educational purposes without prior permission, provided appropriate credit is given. With the intervention of federal forces, the Maryland National Guard was called into federal duty, resulting in a shift from state control (reporting to the Governor of Maryland) to federal control (reporting through the Army chain of command to the President). There are further reports of problems at 42nd St. at York Road and at Walbrook Junction. Friday, April 5, 1968 Edmondson Ave., from Fremont all the way west to the shopping center, has been scourged by looters; a few stores are burned, but almost all are looted and vandalized. • Evening—A service is set for Monday at Loyola. Mitchell IV, 5. Seven in Pikesville are arrested for violating the curfew. Since Saturday at 5:30 p.m., 510 have been injured, more than 900 fires reported, more than 1,700 cases of looting called in, and more than 3,450 blacks arrested. He puts in place a curfew from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. The total number of lootings is 1,214. A crowd of boys is dispersed from Mondawmin, and at Harford Road and North Ave. Street traffic began to increase. In Pictures: The 1968 Baltimore Riots The assassination death of American civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 1968 sparked riots in more than 100 American cities. November 15, 1953 • King gives a speech, "Race and the Church," before a gathering of Methodist clergy at the Baltimore Civic Center. • Martin Luther King, Jr. gives a speech at he Omega Psi Phi fraternity annual convention at Morgan State College in Baltimore, MD. • Summary: Riot losses are estimated at $10 million, enough to classify Baltimore as a catastrophe area—although it is learned that federal disaster relief does not cover riots and civil disorder. Racially based communal conflict against African Americans that took place before the American Civil War, often in relation to attempted slave revolts, and after the war, in relation to tensions under Reconstruction and later efforts to suppress black voting and institute Jim Crow July 1, 1966 Most are charged with looting and burning. • Evening—Sporadic fires burn throughout the night, many between 10 p.m. and midnight and concentrated in a single square mile bounded by North Ave., Preston St., Harford Road and Milton St. Teenagers roam the streets, throwing rocks and bricks at cars driven by whites along Monroe near Franklin and on E. Baltimore St. near Smallwood. More than 700 businesses have been robbed. • 8 p.m./8:10 p.m.—Maryland Gov. Four blocks west, there are still more fires. • 10 a.m.—More sniper fire at Aisquith and Curtain streets. A white man is shot at the same time. A hit-and-run pattern of looting means that there are few clashes between looters and troops. It is based on what little historical information about the unrest is available from common sources. A number of black community leaders patrol trouble spots with plainclothes black Precautionary moves are taken by officials in the early afternoon to protect the downtown shopping area. Mass racial violence in the United States, also called race riots, can include such disparate events as: . Sales of alcohol, flammables in containers, and firearms are banned in city. A 4 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew is ordered again. opposite Clifton Park are looted by north-going looters from the east side. Three stores are looted on Edmondson, and another six stores on Edmondson and Payson. Four blocks of Harford Ave., from Federal St. to North Ave., that were hard hit by Saturday night's arson and looting erupt again. Three food distribution centers open at Eden and Ashland, North Ave. and Barclay St., and North and Pennsylvania. They also suffered disproportionately from the decline in Baltimore's manufacturing sector. Looting begins again, with 10 stores hit. Some area taverns open, but are ordered to stay closed until further notice. Two stores on Greenmount in the 1200 block are burned. Alarms go off all night on Gay St. from 400 to the 1100 block. Fire is reported at Falls Road and 41st St. A grocery store is burned at Federal and Barclay. • 8:05 p.m.—Looting and burning of a tailor shop in the 900 block N. Gay St. Nearly 300 angry youths throw stones and bricks at passing cars. • 10 p.m.—No new fires are fought between 9:30 p.m. and this point. In the 1600 block of Warwick Road a house is burned. A two-alarm fire is reported at Federal St. and Milton Ave. Two fires break out two blocks apart—at Federal and Holbrook Sts., and Harford Rd. All schools, most businesses, and almost all offices in the city are closed. About 10 stores are looted. A store is looted and burned in the 2300 block of Hollins Ferry Road. A few policemen arrive to reinforce a few Guardsmen who are pushing back the white crowd. In the 2100 block of W. Baltimore St., a bus driver is robbed. Things are relatively calm. Police say that it appears that nearly every store between Mt. Robert L. Bogomolny Library Special Collections. The only market that is damaged is Broadway, by a small fire. The worst of the rioting appears to be taking place on the west side. Holly St., there is looting and burning of grocery and liquor stores. • Night—At least 110 communities across the country are hit by post-assassination violence, with approximately 29 percent of all arrests made in Baltimore. • 6 p.m.—Looting at Gay and Monument streets [1], Violence decreased after April 9, and the Baltimore Orioles played their opening game the next day, though the April 12 James Brown concert remained cancelled. A three-building fire at the corner of Harford Avenue is the most serious of the night. Problems are reported at Hoffman and Dallas streets, and Bond and Lanvale streets. They tear away protective iron gratings and loot the store. Around 8 pm, Governor Agnew declared a state of emergency. Juvenile court cases are postponed to Monday. A lot of phones have no dial tone, caused by the massive numbers of people reporting on the riots or telling others they are safe or calling for a phone repairman during the disturbances. On April 6, 1968, two days after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Baltimore, like many other cities across the country, found itself engulfed in riots. At Fulton Ave. and Baker St., a crowd hurls bricks and bottles at cars. Pennsylvania Ave. takes on the appearance of a "ghost town" according to published reports. The immediate cause of the riot was the April 4 assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis, Tennessee, which triggered unrest in over 100 cities • 8:30 a.m.—Tear gas used on rioters. • 1:30 p.m.—State's attorney Charles Moylan Jr. is quoted as saying, "The looting in the eastern half of Baltimore has reached terrible proportions." During a news conference he presses the federal government to pass a fair housing law and calls for Americans to begin electing persons to office based on their ability and not their skin color. The 1968 riots had national political significance because of the reaction of then–Maryland governor Spiro Agnew, a … • Dawn—Three house fires are reported, several lootings, and a two alarm fire in a liquor store at Federal St. and Milton Ave. • 4 p.m.—At Monroe and Pratt, a crowd of white youths gather restlessly. J. Timothy Bodie, an old friend of King's father, invited him to make the guest presentation. Pillaging takes place on Edmondson Ave. Looting and arson continue for four hours after curfew. In the 2600 block of Harford Road, a bar that refused to serve blacks is looted. Cars are pelted at Monroe and W. Baltimore streets, and at Smallwood and W. Baltimore St. Police are scarce in the area below North Ave. Merchants in the 2100-2200 blocks of Monument St. report business is almost back to normal. Gay St. to Broadway appears to be the center of problems. Arrests drop from 62 between 4 and 5 p.m. to 21 in the next hour, lootings from 30 to nine and fires from five to one. All are false. • 6 p.m.—Between 5 and 6 p.m., trouble subsides. Laurens, Riggs and Stricker, all side streets of Pennsylvania, are consumed by looting. [8] These forces had received orders to avoid firing their weapons, as part of an intentional strategy to decrease fatalities. • Midmorning—The Army begins a citywide attempt to prevent further looting by boarding up partially plundered stores and exploding a bomb of CS gas inside. The day that followed was a day of rememberance in Baltimore where people mourned the loss of a great leader. Plans are announced for at least one more night of curfew. Reports label it "One last little fling." Sales of alcohol and firearms were immediately banned. Spiro Agnew, the Governor of Maryland, called out thousands of National Guard troops and 500 Maryland State Police to quell the disturbance. Only sworn member of the department on duty in the City of Baltimore during the period of civil unrest, 5 April through 14 April 1968, were eligible for this award. specialcollections@ubalt.edu, Robert L. Bogomolny Library Special Collections • 1415 Maryland Avenue • Baltimore, MD 21201, Martin Luther King Jr. is awarded an honorary degree – doctor of law -- at Morgan State College. They block westbound traffic on U.S. 40. Another 1,900 federal troops move into Baltimore in the afternoon, setting up field headquarters at the zoo. • Noon—First major fire of the day, a two-story brick furniture warehouse a half block west of the 1700 block of Guilford Ave. and Lanvale. By 9:30 p.m. it is a four-alarm fire, with onlookers throwing stones and bottles. • 9:30 p.m.—Police set up a command post at Park Circle on the west side as a precautionary measure. A group of 40 Guardsmen set up a roadblock at Penn. • Noon—All banks and all seven of the city's markets (most in riot areas) are open. • 3 p.m.—Until 3:45 p.m. at Pratt and Pulaski, 250 whites gather and shout "white power," blocking North Ave. On Frederick Ave., a smaller crowd of blacks gathers. • 1:45 a.m.—City reported to be "relatively quiet." A new curfew is announced. York. • Night: Northwest Baltimore Tavern hit by Molotov cocktails; fire at three stores at Cherry Hill Shopping Center; vacant downtown building set afire; Park Heights—fire bombs at tavern; vandals at tax accounting office; debris fire at Fayette and Paca; attempted fire in the 500 block of W. Coldspring Lane. The west side's center of violence is a triangular area bounded on the south by Mulberry St., on the east by Monroe St., and on the west by Pennsylvania and Fremont. • Midnight—Despite the curfew, looting and burning start up again. In the 2200 block of Fulton Ave., a few more stores burn. Courts process the last of more than 5,300 criminal cases. • 9 a.m.—Several fires are reported on the east side, but the west side is quiet. But there is a decrease in violence immediately after curfew. An early tour is made by D'Alessandro on Palm Sunday. This was and continues in large part to be why we had these types of riots, and at the time the police took signs and made arrests, but the media seemed to think it was OK to take a sign that one guy made, and re-print it and circulate to more than one hundred thousand readers, in nearly every state in the country. • 4 p.m.—In the 1400 block Druid Hill Ave., more looting and burning. If you have any requests or questions regarding the use of the transcript or supporting documents, please contact us: Robert l. Bogomolny Library At midnight Task Force Baltimore ceased to exist and the remainder of federal troops were withdrawn. In the 900 block of Whitelock St., a grocery store burns, and liquor and groceries are looted. • 10:15 p.m.—The Maryland National Guard is federalized and Gen. York is placed in command of all military units deployed in the riot area. From the 2200 to the 1700 block of Monument St., at least 15 stores are looted. Looters take to the streets again shortly after that, raiding 18 stores and lightng nine 9 fires. There are 300 injured, 420 fires, 550 cases of looting, and 1,350 arrested. • Basic Information: The arrest total since 6 p.m. Saturday stands at 4,424. Johnson and the Maryland Congressional delegation that quick action be taken to bring damage caused by riots within the terms of federal disaster relief. At North and Baddish, fires are reported. Roadblocks are set up at downtown intersections, and motorists are forced to turn back. Firing first reported between police and rioters in the west side of the city. Large crowds gather on Baltimore St. in "the block area." On N. Broadway a home is burned, while in the 1800 block of Harford Ave. fires are set in trash cans. • 11 p.m.—Sharp drop in looting and fires between 9 and this point. Martin Luther King Jr., who was shot and killed in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968… • 3:40 p.m.—Three stores are looted at Guilford and 21st St. and at Fayette and Gilmore. The federal force, Task Force Baltimore, was organized into three brigades and a reserve. York comes to Baltimore. On Pennsylvania Ave., in the 900 block of North Ave., and the 600 block of Gay St., lootings are reported. Friday, April 5, 1968 •National Guard on standby •No significant occurrences •Heavy violence in other cities including Detroit and Washington, D.C. • King, following a meeting in Baltimore of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, announces plans to launch a new drive to register Negroes in the South. Rioting threatens to move northward, but police assure the governor that nothing will get out of hand. As the east side calms, the west explodes into a what is described as a "liquor crazed frenzy of looting and carousing." Two separate fires take place at Monument and Bond, and a tavern and package goods store is looted. • 9.35 p.m.—At North Ave. and possibly Greenmount Ave., rocks are thrown. • 9 p.m.—By this point, 1,200 to 1,500 officers are in East Baltimore Hundreds of fires are reported. Crowds gather to watch. A fire is reported on Fayette St. east of Broadway. Four policemen turn them back. Agnew says he is disappointed with the black community's leadership. The uprising included crowds filling the streets, burning and looting local businesses, and confronting the police and national guard. Lootings are minor, but the total edges toward 2,000. • 4:20 p.m.—A black family driving by the area mentioned above is stoned. • National Guard on standby during day In the 1000 block of W. Baltimore St., a surplus store is hit by a multi-alarm fire. The 1000 block of Lombard St. finds more looting. Taverns along Harford Rd. The Eastern Police District runs short of men. • 11:45 p.m.—The Fire Department refuses ambulance service for non-emergency sick cases. • Evening—Curfew is relaxed, with the hours set from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. for Tuesday evening into Wednesday morning. Levy, Peter B. “The Dream Deferred: The Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Holy Week Uprisings of 1968.” In Baltimore ’68, ’68 Riots and Rebirth in an American City. After noon a band of 75 youths armed with clubs and rocks march down Pratt and Frederick to the Westside shopping center. On North and Patterson Park, the 100 block of E. Lanvale St., the 2100 block of Normandy Ave., the first block of N. Hilton St., the 600 block of Mt. Gen. York, the mayor and Pomerleau spend more than two hours traveling through the city. • Morning— A "whirlwind tour" is taken by the mayor, who is accompanied by Sen. Joseph Tydings. • 3 p.m.—A police command post at Gay and Aisquith reports that between 400 and 500 people are looting stores near Monument and Bond Streets and Sinclair Lane. Agnew reportedly doesn't believe them. Sunday's police reports include 400 episodes of looting, for a two-day total of 600. Several large trash cans are set afire in the Flag House Court Apartments a half block from the Lombard St. fire. There are so many people under arrest that school buses are being used to transport them instead of police wagons and patrol cars. This riots resulted in 472 arrests and 2 dead. Police confiscate a loaded pistol from a man at Monroe St. and Wilkens Ave. A fire is reported at Lanvale St. and Guilford Ave. Soon after, the city declared a 10 pm curfew and called in 6,000 troops from the national guard. Some cars are covered in signs that say "Soul Brother" or "Black Brother," mostly driven by blacks with headlights on as a funeral solute to King. • 5:40 p.m.—All policemen in Central district ordered to posts Guardsmen make a sweep through the east side. [1], With the spread of civil disturbances across the nation, Maryland National Guard troops were called up for state duty on April 5, 1968, in anticipation of disturbances in Baltimore or the suburban portions of Maryland bordering Washington, D.C.[2], Black Baltimore was quiet on April 5, despite riots in nearby Washington, D.C.[3] One white student at UMBC reported a quiet scene, with noticeable sadness, but little violence or unrest: April 5, "in many cases, was just another day". • Martin Luther King Jr. is awarded an honorary degree – doctor of law -- at Morgan State College along with three others including two Baltimoreans, Jacob Blaustein and Walter Sondheim Jr. King was the principal speaker before 3,000 gathered at Hughes Memorial Stadium on the Morgan campus. Drunken looters are seen on the east side from Broadway to Gay. [1] At one point, a mob of white counter-rioters assembled near Patterson Park; they dispersed after National Guard troops prevented them from entering a black neighborhood. Three dwellings at Pennsylvania Ave. and McMechen St. are destroyed. • 6:14 p.m.—Pres. Approximately 6,000 National Guard troops enter the city, under the command of Maj. Gen. George Gelston. • Night—Police exchange gunfire with suspected snipers on a roof in the 600 block of W. Lanvale St. At North Ave., looting is at its heaviest anywhere in the city. In the 100 block of E. Lafayette Ave., another bar is looted. Homes burn on N. Broadway. Cars parked on East Baltimore streets are looted for parts and tires. and Chelsea St. is looted repeatedly in the two hours leading up to midnight. Two men and one woman are arrested. Track how the aftermath of King’s killing played out on the streets of D.C. in our timeline of events above. • 6 p.m.—First reports of looting at drycleaners, Gay and Monument streets. Between 4 p.m. and this time, 30 store lootings and five fire bombings are called in to police. In the first block of N. Caroline St., a pawn shop owner is ordered by police to hand over all his store's shotguns. Agnew says he is disappointed with the black community's leadership. City and insurance company officials begin touring the damage. Around that time, a block away at McHenry and Payson, a fight breaks out between several whites and two blacks. • Afternoon—Looting and burning continues. Baltimore riot of 1968 is similar to these civil conflicts: King assassination riots, 1968 Washington, D.C. riots, April 1968 and more. A fire takes place in a store in the 900 block of W. North Ave.; it is burned along with three other buildings. April 22, 1966 The following is a sampling of calls made to the Civil Defense command post in northeast Baltimore after that 4 p.m. curfew: 5:05 p.m.—Fire in 600 block Barnes St. At Guilford and 21st St., looting is reported. There are unconfirmed reports of snipers, bringing state police and soldiers in to protect firemen. At the city jail, inmates briefly refuse to return to cells after lunch. Gov. Baltimore erupted in riots a day after the assassination of the Rev. Pratt and Frederick represent a line of demarcation. As of this point, 50 policemen and 10 firefighters have been hurt in the riots, none critically. [3] At this point, some reports described about a thousand people in the crowd, which moved north on Gay St. up to Harford Rd. At North and Linden, a crowd of 150 people witness three stores and several vacant buildings burn. • 3:30 p.m.—The eastern command post runs out of police cars. • 9:30 p.m.— Baltimore police set up a command post at Park Circle. A crowd regroups, chanting "That's enough, baby." At Federal and Milton, a fire breaks out in a liquor store. A jewelry store on Eastern is looted. Saturday's violence is confined to a 20-by-10 block on the east side spreading to the west side. Sniper fire at police cruisers is reported at N. Fulton and Lafayette Ave. Looting is seen in the 3500 block of Park Heights Ave. City jails are filled to overflowing within two hours after curfew. [1], When violent protest broke out in Baltimore on April 6, nearly the entire Maryland National Guard, both Army and Air, were called up to deal with the unrest. Monument and Bond sees two fires. In Baltimore from April 6, 1968 to April 14, 1968 there were riots similar to The Freddie Gray riots over a similar issues. Remembering the Baltimore riots after Freddie Gray's death, 3 years later ... Is Baltimore responsible for damage from riots? Lootings drop to less than 10 an hour during the night. December 29, 1956 At Bond and Madison, a liquor store is looted and burned. Blacks and whites work together to quell four fires beside the B&O tracks near Howard, Sisson, and 26th streets on the west side. At Baker St. and Fulton there is looting. The east side's center of violence is a rectangular section bounded by North Ave. on the north, Monument St. on the south, Guilford Ave. on the west and Washington St. on the east. A fire is called in at Falls Road and 41st St. A grocery at Federal and Barclay streets is burned. Looting takes place at Guilford Ave. and Lanvale St. and on  Harford Ave. from Federal St. to North Ave. Two liquor stores in the 800 and 900 blocks of Caroline St. are burned. The wave of looting appears to go from liquor stores, to electrical appliance stores, then food stores, followed by pawn shops for firearms, then jewelry stores and loan shops for money and valuables. These were (roughly), the XVIII Airborne Corps troops, the Maryland National Guard, and troops from the 197th Infantry Brigade from Fort Benning, Georgia (which arrived two days later). In the 500 block of Roberts St., soldiers and policemen confront a mob with torches. • Night—a shooting is reported at Lennox and Callow, and also at Franklin and Warwick Ave. At Division and Wilson, two fires break out. Thirty-two are treated for injuries, and 47 fires are set in the area overnight. Officers from the Maryland State Police move into the city and are placed under the command of Baltimore City Police Commissioner Donald Pomerlau. During the rally an anonymous bomb threat was called in. From 1970 to 1980, Baltimore's population declined from 906,000 to 787,000. • 9 p.m.—At Calvert and Lanvale streets, sniper fire pins police as they try to move a truckload of curfew violators. •Heavy violence in other cities including Detroit and Washington, D.C. Saturday, April 6, 1968 The number of injured reaches 600 shortly before dawn. Some fire trucks begin responding to blazes with armed soldiers aboard. • 2:15 p.m.— Three courts close. A tall white man runs past and fires three shots into the car at the children, then runs south and drops a pistol. • Night—Troops ordered to tuck away bayonets, a sign of easing tension. • Riots begin in earnest in Baltimore. A crowd on Baltimore St. disperses. • Martin Luther King, Jr. deliveres a guest sermon at the New Shiloh Baptist Church in Baltimore. Some looting is seen at Reisterstown Road and Edmondson Ave. • 6:50 p.m.—All off-duty policemen ordered to report; headquarters set up at Bel Air Market. [10] Property damages, assessed financially, were more severe in DC ($15 million), Baltimore ($12 million), and Chicago ($10 million) than in any other cities.[1]. Fremont St. along Edmondson Ave. reports looting. Spiro Agnew declares a state of emergency in Baltimore. Firemen respond but pull back when sniper fire continues. The Baltimore Riot of 1968 was an uprising of black Baltimoreans lasting from April 6 to April 14. In History. • Afternoon—Fire in the 1600 block of Ingleside Ave. in a carryout shop. Aid from the state insurance commission is made available at the Enoch Pratt Library. The Baltimore riot of 1968 was a period of civil unrest that lasted from April 6 to April 14, 1968, in Baltimore.The uprising included crowds filling the streets, burning and looting local businesses, and confronting the police and national guard. • Morning—A homemade bomb is found in an apartment in the 2700 block of N. Charles St. At Gilmore and Baker streets, six drunk men disturb the peace at a food distribution center. • Late afternoon—Tensions rise between whites and blacks in the South Broadway area and along W. Pratt St. After one man objects to being frisked, police begin to use mace to subdue uncooperative curfew violators. There was 200,000 dollars of damage done to the city. The Baltimore riot of 1968 was a period of civil unrest that lasted from April 6 to April 14, 1968, in Baltimore. • King is scheduled to visit Baltimore but changes his plans and goes to Memphis, Tenn. to march with striking sanitation workers. • 2 p.m.—At Harford and Lafayette a saloon is looted and one man arrested. Police pelted with stones and bottles as they seal off Gay from the 400 block North to the 700 block. Agnew became Nixon's vice presidential running mate in 1968. Fire goes to two alarms by 6:40 p.m. Phone booth service is out in riot areas. In the first block of N. Liberty St. a "jitterbug band" breaks windows. 5:10 p.m.—Shooting at Poppleton and Lexington St. Agnew announces that conditions are improved, enough to possibly modify or remove entirely the ban on the sale of alcoholic beverages in the city and five counties Three municipal courts are severely overcrowded. A major warehouse fire in the 500 block of Wilson St. is reported. Fires in the 2700 block of Pennsylvania consume five stores and the apartments above. • 11:30 a.m.—Soldiers use tear gas to break up a crowd of about 300 blacks who smashed the windows of a grocery at North Ave. and Chester St. He is also awarded the Citizen of the Year Award by the fraternity. Rioting spills up Harford Road as far as Clifton Park and all the way out to Edmondson Village Shopping Center. 5:09 p.m.—Police protection requested at N. Poppleton and Saratoga St. SLIDESHOW: Baltimore Riots. Many people loot at will along Monroe St. Gov. The King-assassination riots, also known as the Holy Week Uprising, was a wave of civil disturbance which swept the United States following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 1968. A timeline created with Timetoast's interactive timeline maker. The city jail remains filled beyond capacity. On W. Baltimore St., in the block between Mount St. and Fulton Ave., police hear shots from a rowhouse on Longwood near North Ave. Lethargic gangs gather at Broadway and Gay. A store is looted in the 4600 block of Park Heights Ave. 5:11 p.m.—Fire in the 1600 block of Eager St. Known from its history and reputation as mob city, Baltimore has experienced riots regarding race issues and civil rights before. • Late afternoon—People hoard food because of curfews and fear. In the 1300 block of  Edmondson Ave., a pawn shop is looted and 73 rifles are stolen. Guardsmen shoot back at people throwing stones and bottles and shooting in housing projects. • Midnight—Fresh gunfire at Flag House Housing Project draws police back. policemen during the curfew. Some 1,000 to 1,500 business owners are expected to meet at the Pikesville fire hall to discuss ways of getting help and of protecting against future disturbances. • 8 p.m.—In the first hour of the curfew, reports of trouble continue to reach police, though the number is dropping. The crowd flees, chanting "We shall overcome." The immediate cause of the riot was the April 4 assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis, Tennessee, which triggered unrest in over 100 cities across the United States. [1], A total of 10,956 troops had been deployed. A shooting at Calvert and Lanvale is reported. • Late morning/early afternoon—Police cars are lined up at Gay and Aisquith expecting calls. Agnew says the situation is in control. • Noon—Peaceful gathering of 300 at memorial service for King In the Ashland Ave. and Aisquith St. area, there are disturbances which generate a police response. 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