Multiple officers injured in Baltimore mall riot; gangs teaming up to ‘take out’ cops: police

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BALTIMORE, Maryland (PIX11) - Violent protesters at a northwest Baltimore mall injured several officers in a clash with police Monday, as the department revealed that multiple gangs may be working together to "take out" police officers.

A mob of protesters attacked officers outside the Mondawmin Mall with rocks and bricks, destroying at least one patrol car and injuring seven officers, according to police.  One officer was left unconscious and others suffered broken bones.  One protester hurled a flaming, metal trash can at a line of officers that ignited a patch of grass.

On Monday, police also revealed a larger threat to the department's safety in the wake of the death of Freddy Gray, the man who suffered a fatal spinal injury while in police custody April 19.

Calling it a "credible threat," the Baltimore Police Department's Criminal Intelligence Unit say they received information that members of multiple gangs -- including the notorious Black Guerilla Family, Bloods and Crips -- "have entered into a partnership to 'take out' law enforcement officers."

The police department is urging all officers to take "appropriate precautions" and will be sending updates via a secure network used by law enforcement.

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