BALTIMORE — As hundreds marched through the streets in Baltimore, Mayor Jack Young, City Council President Brandon Scott and officials addressed Baltimore City.
"I'm angry and frustrated and fed up. I get it." said Young. Mayor Young added a warning saying the right to protest is a peaceful act that should not be taken advantage of.
He says he has 'zero tolerance' for chaos.
Young encouraged all of those traveling from outside of Baltimore to stay home.
"We will not let outside influences come into our city", Young added. "We don't want these agitators coming into our city."
"I want you to protest" said Brandon Scott while urging protesters to remain peaceful.
Scott encouraged citizens to show up in Annapolis to influence legislation and their communities.
"Being black in America is exhausting,” says Scott.
Scott ended thanking peaceful protesters in Baltimore.
Police Commissioner Michael Harrison says he is committed to protecting citizens' first amendment rights.
Harrison says he is coordinating with Maryland State Police and enforcement at local universities.
Kobi Little, President of Baltimore’s NAACP, condemned the actions of the officer that hit a woman last night.
Little urged police to be prepared to diffuse and de-escalate during the protests.
“Speak your mind and hold your peace.” Little urged the public.
Several faith leaders also spoke urging the public to protest peacefully.
Erricka Bridgeford, founder of Baltimore Ceasefire 365, urged the importance of living through the protests.
“You can't do the work if you die,” said Bridgeford. “Let’s live another day to fight.”