Republican Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency in Baltimore City Monday night and activated the National Guard as pockets of West Baltimore erupted in flames and rioters looted and clashed with police shortly after the funeral of 25-year-old Freddie Gray who died on April 19, after suffering serious injury while in police custody.
"Today's looting and acts of violence in Baltimore will not be tolerated. In response, I have put the Maryland National Guard on alert so they can be in position to deploy rapidly as needed. I strongly condemn the actions of the offenders who are engaged in direct attacks against innocent civilians, businesses and law enforcement officers. There is a significant difference between protesting and violence and those committing these acts will be prosecuted under the fullest extent of the law," Hogan warned in a statement released Monday night.
"My thoughts and prayers go out to the men and women in uniform who are actively working to stem this violence and several who [have] been injured in the line of duty. These malicious attacks against law enforcement and local communities only betray the cause of peaceful citizens seeking answers and justice following the death of Freddie Gray," said Hogan. more >>
A major Hispanic evangelical organization will hold a convention in Texas scheduled to include former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.
The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference will hold its annual multiday convention in Houston from April 28 to 30. With an estimated 1,000 attendees expected, the theme for this year's NHCLC convention is "From Survive to Thrive."
The Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of NHCLC, told The Christian Post more about what this theme means. more >>
WASHINGTON — What may have been the most diverse gathering of activists ever in Washington, D.C., gathered Saturday to "March for Marriage."
While the rainbow is often used as a symbol of diversity for the Gay Rights Movement, an impressive array of racial and ethnic backgrounds were evident among those united to defend marriage.
Eric Teetsel, executive director of the Manhattan Declaration, one of the sponsors of the March for Marriage, told The Christian Post that the crowd seemed "much bigger and more engaged" than last year's March for Marriage. That may be because the event, now in its third year, is young and "slowly starting to build," and the Supreme Court will hear arguments in a gay marriage case on Tuesday. more >>
The parents of Michael Brown filed a wrongful-death lawsuit again the city of Ferguson on Thursday, which could potentially open a new investigation into the late teen's death.
Attorneys for the Brown family said the civil lawsuit could bring to light new evidence in the case that could disprove police claims that white officer Darren Wilson was justified in fatally shooting the unarmed teen. Wilson, along with former police chief Thomas Jackson, is also named in the lawsuit which seeks $75,000 in damages.
"The narrative of the law enforcement all across the country for shooting unarmed people of color is the same: That they had no other choice," attorney Benjamin Crump said. "But time and time again, the objective evidence contradicts the standard police narrative." more >>
Hundreds of protesters marched in Baltimore, Maryland, Tuesday in response to the death of 25-year-old Freddy Gray, who died while in police custody earlier this month.
Participants in the march demanded "Justice for Freddie" by calling for the six officers involved to be charged with first-degree murder.
"The crowd of protesters gathered on Tuesday evening outside the city's Western District police headquarters and marched to the spot a few blocks away where Gray was arrested," reported Reuters. "They could be seen raising their hands in the air, in what has become a protest sign since the August 2014 death of Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri." more >>
A historic Washington, D.C. church Abraham Lincoln attended while president is host to multiple events in memory of the former commander-in-chief.
New York Avenue Presbyterian Church held two of its multiple observances around the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln's assassination.
Events included a tribute concert performed Sunday by the Collegium Musicum of the University of Miami and a commemoration of the anniversary of the Lincoln assassination, which was Tuesday, by Lincoln expert John O'Brien. more >>