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35 Arrested After Windows Are Broken And Clashes Break Out At Baltimore Protests

After hours of peaceful protests in Baltimore Saturday, scuffles broke out and some people smashed windows.

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What had been peaceful protests Saturday in Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray turned violent when some people in the area began breaking windows, looting, and clashing with police.

#FreddieGray protesters smashing windows of #Baltimore police cars

The Baltimore Police Department reported on Sunday afternoon that 35 had been arrested.

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#PCBatts provides an update on the protests in Baltimore: https://t.co/cMEZFRYvRj

Baltimore Police Anthony Batts said Saturday evening that the chaos began after a group splintered off from the main protest sometime after 6 p.m.

Batts said the group confronted the 300 police officers around Camden Yards, where the Orioles were playing the Red Sox. At that point, residents stepped in.

"Residents put themselves in between police officers and this agitated crowd and asked for calm and asked for peace," Batts said, "which was very good to see."

A local newspaper photo editor posted a video early Sunday of himself being tackled by police officers.

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In the video of J.M. Giordano, which he posted on his Instagram, a bystander is heard yelling "he's a photographer!"

Giordano's employer, the Baltimore City Paper, reported that he was standing next to the protests when a rock hit one of the officers on their shield. He said the cops "mobilized" and he didn't get out of the way fast enough.

He said the officers knocked him and some others over with their shields.

“They just swarmed over me,” he told the newspaper. “I got hit. My head hit the ground. They were hitting me, then someone pulled me out.”

Giordano claimed that the officers "tried to block me from shooting," but said he wasn't arrested because they knew he was a member of the press.

A Reuters photographer on the scene was arrested, according to the paper.

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Batts said the crowd was breaking windows and "taking on" police.

The group "just wreaked havoc" and police moved in to make arrests. Another group of juveniles looted a 7-Eleven, Batts said.

Ultimately, there were about 1,200 police officers in Baltimore Saturday night, with 75 preparing to come on duty.

During the chaos, a helicopter reporter with WBAL TV said the people who broke the store windows did not appear to be members of the earlier protests.

The Baltimore Sun put the total crowd at about 1,200 people, though it had thinned out considerably by nightfall.

VIDEO: #FreddieGray protestors damaging a vehicle. #Baltimore

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During the chaos, Freddie Gray's twin sister, Fredricka Gray, pleaded for an end to the violence.

Fredricka asked protesters to "please, please stop the violence," the Associated Press reported. The comments were the first Fredricka has made since Freddie died.

Images taken over the course of Saturday afternoon showed conflicts and varying levels of tension between police and protesters:

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Police just opened the line in a very tense moment, grabbed one of the protesters and pulled him in. #FreddieGray

By Saturday night, the crowds had thinned but clashes continued.

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Then the rock throwing began in earnest. At first it had been only a plastic bottle or two, then pebbles and rocks.

Police retreating. More missiles #FreddieGray #baltimore

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Just before the protest wound down Saturday night, attendees at the nearby Orioles-Red Sox game were briefly told to say in their seats. Those at the game were released after the protesters dispersed and police reopened streets.

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Due to events outside Oriole Park at Camden Yards, spectators are asked to stay inside the stadium til further notice @Orioles @RedSox @MLB

Cheers as the gates at Camden yards open

Jim Dalrymple is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.

Contact Jim Dalrymple II at jim.dalrymple@buzzfeed.com.

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