BALTIMORE: National Guardsmen fanned out across the city, police with riot shields blocked streets, and firefighters doused smoldering blazes Tuesday after looting and arson erupted in Baltimore following the funeral of a black man who died in police custody.

It was the first time the National Guard was called in to quell unrest in Baltimore since 1968, when some of the same neighborhoods were convulsed by violence after the assassination of the Rev Martin Luther King Jr.

The rioting started in West Baltimore on Monday afternoon – within a mile of where Freddie Gray, 25, was arrested and placed into a police van earlier this month – and by midnight had spread to East Baltimore and neighborhoods close to downtown and near the baseball stadium.

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