CIVIL UNREST or CIVIL WAR?
An ashen Baltimore awoke on Tuesday morning to reveal a city charred by fire and battled scarred following a night of violent rioting and looting after the funeral of Freddie Gray. Acrid smoke hung in the air over streets where fire crews raced to contain the damage and carnage that broke out just blocks from Gray's emotive funeral. The unrest - which saw looters ransack stores, pharmacies and a shopping mall and clash with police in riot gear - was the most violent in the United States since Ferguson, Missouri, was torn by gunshots and arson late last year. Police said 15 officers were injured, six seriously, on Monday and 27 arrests were made as local gangs and high school students used social media to launch a coordinated 'Purge' - a slang term which comes from a film about rampaging lawlessness.Gray's death gave new energy to the public outcry over police treatment of African Americans that flared last year after police killings of unarmed black men in Ferguson, New York City and elsewhere. The violence appeared to catch city officials and community leaders somewhat off-guard after a week of mostly peaceful protests following Gray's death on April 19. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, a Republican, declared a state of emergency on Monday and the National Guard was arriving in the city. A one-week curfew was also imposed in the largely black city starting Tuesday night, with exceptions for work and medical emergencies. Answering criticism of not responding quickly enough to Monday's events, Mayor Rawlings-Blake told CNN: "This was an incident that sparked this afternoon ... I think it would have been inappropriate to bring in the National Guard when we had it under control." Read More Smoldering Baltimore picks up the pieces: City begins hurried clean-up after night of rioting and looting left huge fires raging and 15 police injured as the National Guard prepares to enforce a curfew