Baltimore officials looked to revive calm in the town Tuesday, hours after violence and looting erupted following several days of mostly peaceful protests over the death of a guy in police custody.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan declared circumstances of emergency in Baltimore Monday evening while also activating the National Guard after roughly 20 cops were injured and 235 individuals were arrested amid widespread rioting and arson in elements of the town. The city’s unrest has dominated national television news and social media.
Carmelo Anthony and Ray Lewis, two famous athletes with strong Baltimore ties, both took to social media to demand a finish to violence as the Apprentice host Donald Trump grabbed a chance to, at least partly, blame the riots on President Barack Obama. In a speech on Tuesday, Obama said there is “no excuse” for Monday’s violence and looting in Baltimore, calling the actions of rioters “counterproductive.”
Several smaller businesses were vandalized and looted in Baltimore through the Monday riots, with the destruction of an area CVS drugstore obtaining a fair amount of media coverage. In some tweets on Tuesday, CVS noted that a few of the company’s store in the town have been closed “because of nearby protest activity” as the company added that its “priority is to keep up a protected climate for employees and serve our customers with medical needs in Baltimore.”
We’re cooperating w/ police & monitoring other stores to guarantee the safety of employees & customers. Thoughts are w/ the folks of Baltimore
– CVS/pharmacy (@CVS_Extra) April 27, 2015
The CVS Twitter scroll also included a telephone number for Baltimore residents looking for prescription information.
As Fortune noted earlier, Baltimore may be the largest American city without the headquarters of any business on the newest Fortune 500 list. Having less a significant headquarters underscores the complaints about economic imbalance in Baltimore and its own role in the unrest. But nonetheless, many Fortune 500 companies have satellite offices in the town. And Baltimore may be the home to several large companies, a few of which were influenced by the violence.
Legg Mason and T. Rowe Price, two investment firms with headquarters in the town, both kept their downtown offices open on Tuesday, though employees of both firms were encouraged to home based. Sports apparel company Under Armour also offers its headquarters in Baltimore, however the company didn’t immediately react to Fortune‘s obtain comment.
(Another local company McCormick & Sons – making the iconic Old Bay seasoning – chose Tuesday to announce the website of its new headquarters in nearby Hunt Valley, Md. following the spice and seasonings company previously threatened to go its operations, and its own 2,100 employees, out of state.)
Baltimore’s professional sports teams were also suffering from the city’s recent strife. The Baltimore Orioles opted to postpone home games on Monday and Tuesday. The team still plans to play ball on Wednesday, but that game against the Chicago White Sox will be played before a clear stadium as Orioles Park at Camden Yards will never be open to the general public, the team said in a news release.
Orioles announcement regarding schedule changes pic.twitter.com/nwCDyqjzWs
– Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) April 28, 2015
Meanwhile, the Baltimore Ravens cancelled an NFL Draft event the team planned to host Thursday evening to be able to respect the 10 p.m. curfew city officials will be enforcing through the finish of the week.
Out of respect to the curfew in Baltimore, the Ravens have cancelled their Draft Party, scheduled for Thu. night: http://t.co/XSx27eEfuF
– Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) April 28, 2015
While Gov. Hogan promised on Tuesday that there wouldn’t normally be considered a repeat of Monday’s violence, many Baltimore residents joined forces in a volunteer effort throughout the day to begin with the massive undertaking of clearing up damage from the prior night, when the town reported nearly 20 separate structural fires and a lot more than 140 vehicular fires.
Volunteers can call 311 to greatly help with clean-up efforts http://t.co/IBTGPdur5M
– Sun Breaking News