JERWAINE GORMAN, QUEENS ACTIVIST AND BUSINESSMAN MURDERED IN SOUTH JAMAICA IN BROAD DAYLIGHT IN HIS CAR

Yesterday, I posted that a man  was shot in his car in broad daylight in South Jamaica. More information is now available. From the article, I do not think we have heard the last about this.

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From Queens Chronicle:

Queens activist, bizman Jerwaine Gorman murdered

 

Posted: Wednesday, April 29, 2015 9:53 pm | Updated: 10:36 pm, Wed Apr 29, 2015.

Jerwaine Gorman, a businessman and political activist in Southeast Queens, was murdered in broad daylight Wednesday afternoon. He was 34.

Gorman was sitting in a car outside 114-25 167 St., just south of Linden Boulevard, in Jamaica when he was shot, according to the New York Police Department.

Police arrived at the scene a few minutes after 12:30 p.m. and found Gorman inside a 2011 Mercedes-Benz, shot in the torso. They determined that his killer walked up to the vehicle and fired one shot, the NYPD press office said, without detailing how that conclusion had been reached. The office also said police had “responded to” the scene, without saying if they came in response to a call or for some other reason.

Gorman was transported to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center by Emergency Medical Service personnel and pronounced dead on arrival.

No arrest had been reported as of 10 p.m.

The victim was married and had two children, according to a biography posted on the website of the South East Queens County Young Democrats, where he was a board member.

A native of South Jamaica, he had opened a business called Gorman’s Creamery on Merrick Boulevard in Laurelton several years ago. The shop does not appear to be in business anymore, going by a Google Street View image of its address, found online in a state Board of Elections financial disclosure form from 2008. (The form found by the Queens Chronicle says the company made a $100 donation but does not specify to whom.)

Before opening the Laurelton shop, Gorman had owned a Coldstone Creamery in Huntington, LI, according to the Young Democrats profile. Records of a lawsuit, posted online, show that he initially had used the Coldstone name for his Laurelton business, and that the company had sued him over using it improperly. Gorman lost the case and appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the documents, show, but his appeal was denied. He represented himself in the matter.

According to the Young Democrats profile, Gorman earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., making his first real estate investment in that community and becoming a homeowner at age 21. He made further investments and later opened a barbershop and community center, the profile says, though it does not indicate where.

It does say that Gorman was instrumental in getting a stop sign placed at a dangerous intersection in front of his daughter’s school, after the administration had failed to get it installed. The profile does not say where the school is.

The profile, which is laudatory throughout, ends on a high note that no longer can come to pass:

“Jerwaine Gorman is a man of action and is prepared to be involved in uplifting and educating the youth of South East Queens.”

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HERE WE GO AGAIN – MAN SHOT WHILE SITTING IN CAR IN SOUTH JAMAICA

Damn, with all the shootings, killings and stabbings in Jamaica lately, you would think it was the dog days of summer. Going to be a bumpy summer in Jamaica if this is any indication.

Ghetto thugs behaving badly or as we say in Jamaica, just another damn day and business as usual.

Speaking of ghetto folks behaving badly, get a load of the trash ghetto folks acting up in the parking lot of the Green Acres Mall in Valley Stream. This may be in Long Island, but we know plenty of Jamaica and SouthEast Queens folks head to this ghetto mall. This was the same mall where a security guard was trampled to death at the Wal-Mart in November of 2008 when these same type of folks behaving badly stampeded the store for shit they probably did not need or could not afford (http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/29/business/29walmart.html?pagewanted=all).

Anyway, watch the savages in action! Females to boot while plenty of low class ghetto folks stand around watching, hooting and hollering.

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From DNAInfo New York:

Man Critically Injured in South Jamaica Shooting, Officials Say

 He was shot while sitting in a car outside 114-23 167th St., officials said.

He was shot while sitting in a car outside 114-23 167th St., officials said.

DNAinfo/Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska

QUEENS — A man was critically injured when he was shot while sitting in a car in South Jamaica Wednesday afternoon, officials said.

The man, whose name and age were not immediately released, was shot outside 114-23 167th St. near Linden Boulevard roughly 12:30 p.m., an FDNY spokesman said.

He was taken to Jamaica Hospital in critical condition, an NYPD spokeswoman said.

The motive for the shooting wasn’t immediately clear. No one was immediately arrested, police said.

 

 

THE TOP TWENTY WORDS & PHRASES THAT ARE BEING SEARCHED THAT BRING PEOPLE TO THIS BLOG

I find interesting how some people come to my blog when they do an internet search for certain words and phrases. I would like to share a few with you.

1. “senator clyde vanel” – Hey, idiots, Clyde Vanel IS NOT a Senator, he is not even a politician. He did run for Council Member last year.

2. “assemblyman miller daneek miller” – I. Daneek Miller IS NOT an assemblyman, he is the Councilman of District 27. Christ,  learn who your elected leaders are and their positions.

3. “what kind of shithole is jamaica, ny?” – one of my favorites, A BIG GHETTO SHIT HOLE.

4. “is jamaica queens ghetto” – REALLY, you had to even search that, OF COURSE IT IS FUCKING GHETTO.

5. “how safe is it in 109th ave and sutphin blvd in queens” – AH, NOT FUCKING SAFE, the area is a shithole and hotbed of crime, shootings, drugs, prostitution and garbage, tons of it.

6. “what has ruben wills done for jamaica queens” – That is an easy one. Nothing and stealing tax payers money, one of the reasons he was arrested and most likely will end up going to jail.

7. “low class assholes” – YES, we have lots of them, many are our local elected officials like Councilman Ruben Wills.

8. “can i park the car on street without plates” – I see this one many times. NO, FUCKING NO, you cannot park a car on the street without plates in Jamaica or anywhere in the USA. But because of lack of enforcement, it is not unusual to see cars without plates, especially on Merrick Blvd.

9. “vivian cook accomplishments” – Vivian Cook is another in a long line of useless Jamaica politicians who has been the assembly member since before fire was invented. Her accomplishments can be summed on in one word – NOTHING.

10. “can i cement the front yard of residential property in jamaica ny” – NO, the laws were changed several years ago, you can cement some of it, but a percentage has to have some green. How the fuck do you think rain water gets absorbed, it soaks into the ground. When you cement over all green space,  you get water run-off and flooding. What the fuck, did you sleep through grade school science class. But of course with lack of enforcement by DOB, we see way too much of this shit, mostly done by immigrants property owners from third world countries.

11. “how does jamaica elects its leaders” – something called ELECTIONS asshole…………..and speaking of assholes, it is asshole residents who keep putting the same shit in office all the time, you know the crooks and useless ones, like Comrie, Wills, Meeks, Cooks, Scarborough, etc.

12. “came across naked black men in vacant house” – Well, if you were in some parts of South Jamaica, that probably is a commons site.

13. “what is story with illegal parking in city for months without consequence” – AH, yes this is the crux of the problem, “without consequences”, a reason Jamaica is the Wild Wild West of Queens.

14. “what is black on black crime”  – WHAT THE FUCK DO YOU THINK IT IS. Crime committed by a black person on another black person. I mean, what the fuck do you think it means, there is no other answer. Is is like saying what is the color blue.

15. “what does sanitation do about neighborhoods where some residents have to constently clean up because others won’t, can they be issued citations??” – Well, DOS is supposed to issue citations, but we all know how this city operates, POORLY.

16. “corrupt jamaica state senate” – You can pretty much cut off the senate and leave it as just Corrupt Jamaica State.

17. “jamaica avenue ghetto”  – TRUE.

18. “leroy comrie biography” – I can sum that up for you in one word, USELESS.

19. “best practice guide for managing litter and illegal dumping at clothing bins” – THROW out the “Jamaica element” and most problems will be solved.

and lastly my favorite

20. “jamaica sucks”

 

$2.2 MILLION FOR IMPROVEMENTS AT JAMAICA’S RUFUS KING PARK – HOW ABOUT THE REST OF THE SHITTY AREA

So they are finally going to do some major upgrades to Rufus King Park, which is long overdue considering the importance and history of this Park. But what about all the bums and winos that pass out all over it too and the garabge.  What good is spending all this money if the “Jamaica element” is still there.

Of course several “leaders” were out in full force for a photo op including Queens Borough President Loser Melinda Katz, Community Board 12 District Manager and Councilman Rory Lancman. All looked uncomfortable with shovels of dirt, you see most are used to shoveling bullshit. Very much absent is all the useless and corrupt Jamaica elected officials, although crook and liar William Scarborough has plead guilty to corruption charges and is stepping down as Assembly Member. Of course none of these assholes could not utter a sentence without using “vibrant  & diverse”. Remember it is those “vibrant & diverse”, which are drunk and passed out in the park all the time and throw garbage all over it. Enough with the fucking “diverse & vibrant”, like Jamaica is the only community that has a mix of people. I am so over of hearing this overused phrase. Like there is nothing else good to say about Jamaica………………..which since all the leaders, past and present have done little to improve it over the decades, then I guess there really is nothing else good to say at the present, so “vibrant & diverse” is what is left.

So which of the “leader’s” buddies got the contract to fix up the park. Make sure the graft is spread around.

In the meantime, none of these leaders are addressing any of our major quality of life issues that have turned this community into the shit hole of Queens, which is tough to do, since Queens is a shit hole anyway.

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From Queens Courier:

Improvements underway at Jamaica’s Rufus King Park

| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com |

NYC Parks/photo by Malcolm Pinckney

NYC Parks/photo by Malcolm Pinckney- Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and others grabbed their shovels Monday to break ground on renovations of Jamaica’s Rufus King Park.

Jamaica’s “town square” is about to get a much-needed makeover.

The Parks Department along with local elected officials ceremonially broke ground Monday on a $2.2 million renovation of Rufus King Park located in an area bounded by Jamaica and 89th avenues between 150th and 153rd streets.

At the heart of the project is reconstruction of the park’s gazebo, which will include a new roof, handrails, steps and a brick platform. The gazebo’s electrical system will also be enhanced to better accommodate various events.

The Parks Department will also resurface and reconfigure the green space’s asphalt pathways to improve pedestrian circulation. New trees and shrubs will be planted throughout the park, and the agency will also create a new lawn both for leisure and athletic activity.

Many of those funding the Rufus King Park project, including Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and City Councilman Rory Lancman, helped Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, Community Board 12 District Manager Yvonne Reddick and others officially launch the renovation’s start Monday.

“Thanks to the generous funding allocated by the City Council, the Borough President’s office, Jamaica’s residents will be able to enjoy a renovated and revitalized open space with a new gazebo that will serve as a beautiful gathering place for this diverse neighborhood,” Silver said.

“Rufus King Park is like the town square of Jamaica, a central point for anyone of the vibrant and diverse community to enjoy,” Katz added. “The investment of public funds into this neighborhood treasure is very much a part of the Jamaica Now Action plan fully underway, a 21-point strategic plan intended to revitalize Jamaica into a thriving residential neighborhood.”

The 11-acre park was once part of the estate of Rufus King, a colonial lawyer, abolitionist and statesman who was among the signers of the Constitution. The Village of Jamaica purchased King Manor and surrounding land in 1896 for $50,000; the site was subsequently acquired by the City of New York two years later as Jamaica became part of the city.

King Manor stands today not only as a colonial museum, but also for various cultural events attended by thousands of people annually. The house is an official city landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Rufus King Park’s last major renovation occurred between 1991 and 1993, when the Parks Department shifted the bandstand, rebuilt the park house, installed new paths and redistributed recreational facilities. Additional work took place in 1996-97 when the city installed a new steel picket fence around King Manor.

The latest renovation is scheduled to be completed by the spring of 2016.

WEST BALTIMORE’S NEGLECT NOT TOO DIFFERENT FROM JAMAICA’S SORRY STATE

In a previous posts of mine on what is going on in Baltimore, I stated “This also goes much deeper to what has been happening within the black community for decades and that is for another story and something that really needs to be addressed. ”

At the end of this Daily News article is this:

“This part of the city is neglected,” he said. “Forty years of neglect. There are few after school programs for kids. They don’t know where to go. It’s a community under siege by the ills of society. We have high incarceration rates. High crime. High rates of addiction.”

No wonder, said Miles, people are fed up.

“We tell the mayor, just come here,” he said. “Just come listen to the people.”

Sounds what myself and community advocate Pamela Hazel have been saying about Jamaica for the last couple of years. All the issues from illegal dumping garbage and leaking buses to illegal truck driving, crime, shootings and drug issues to name a few that leaders have ignored for decades.

When is it time to crack open that nut? Really get to the crux of this issue that gets way too ignored by so-called leaders.

A major pattern in many black communities across the country.

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The Daily News:

Baltimore woman now jobless and homeless after rioting mobs burned CVS where she worked, then torched her home — even after she begged them not to

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  • New York Daily News reporter Edgar Sandoval interviews resident Katrice Gardner in the aftermath following the funeral of Freddie Gray on Tuesday, Apr. 28, 2015 in Baltimore , M.D. Maryland's governor is deploying the National Guard in Baltimore following violent, fiery clashes between cops and crowds following the funeral of Gray, who fatally injured in police custody. (James Keivom / New York Daily News)
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Katrice Gardner speaks with New York Daily News reporter Edgar Sandoval (pictured) in the aftermath of the riots in Baltimore. Gardner lost her home and her job in the same night.

In one night of mayhem Katrice Gardner lost her home, her job — and nearly her life.

And when dawn broke Tuesday, the 30-year-old Baltimore woman said she couldn’t understand why the mob that battled the police all night firebombed her house and reduced the CVS where she worked as a manager to ashes.

“I was yelling at them, pleading at them not to burn my house,” Gardner, 30, said outside her boarded-up rowhouse. “They had set the houses around me on fire. They were throwing stuff into the house. They were throwing Molotov’s and very flammable stuff. All I could do was beg them not to burn my house.”

OBAMA DECRIES ‘THUGS’ AFTER BALTIMORE RIOTS DESTROY 144 VEHICLES, 15 BUILDINGS FOLLOWING NIGHT OF VIOLENCE

Firefighters enter a CVS that was burned down following clashes after the funeral of Freddie Gray on Tuesday, Apr. 28, 2015 in Baltimore. James Keivom/New York Daily News

Firefighters enter a CVS that was burned down following clashes after the funeral of Freddie Gray on Tuesday, Apr. 28, 2015 in Baltimore.

Gardner said she — like most African-Americans in Baltimore — is deeply upset about the death of Freddie Gray, allegedly at the hands of police.

But Gardner said she didn’t recognize the people who starting lobbing bricks at cops and looting businesses after Gray’s funeral on Monday.

“These guys aren’t from here, they go from place to place causing trouble,” she said. “This doesn’t accomplish anything. This is our neighborhood.”

Baltimore police officers stand guard outside the CVS pharmacy Gardner worked at after it was looted and set blaze in west Baltimore.
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  • Baltimore police officers stand guard outside a CVS pharmacy after it was looted and set blaze in west Baltimore after the funeral of Freddie Gray in Maryland April 28, 2015. Baltimore erupted in violence on Monday as hundreds of rioters looted stores, burned buildings and at least 15 police officers were injured following the funeral of Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died after suffering a spinal injury in police custody. The riots broke out blocks from where the funeral of Gray took place and spread through much of west Baltimore. REUTERS/Adrees Latif
  • epa04723455 A CVS pharmacy is seen on fire after being looted, behind a line of police and a line of protesters as protests of the death of Freddie Gray continue, in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, 27 April 2015. Freddie Gray died 19 April from a spinal injury sustained while in police custody. Gray's death has sparked protests that led to clashes with police and arrests of dozens of people over the weekend.  EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS
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Baltimore police officers stand guard outside the CVS pharmacy Gardner worked at after it was looted and set blaze in west Baltimore.

Gardner, who is married, said she now has no place to live and no place to work.

SCENES OF DEVASTATION AFTER RIOTS TORE THROUGH BALTIMORE: PHOTOS

“I can’t live in my house while it gets renovated and the place where I work got burned down,” she said. “I don’t have a home and a place to work. This is a lot of calamity.”

Tony Banks, 48, said the destruction makes him sad, but he understands why the young men in the West Baltimore section lashed out violently against the police.

“This isn’t just about Freddie Gray,” he said. “There have been a lot of Freddie Grays in this neighborhood. It’s been going on for years. You have to look past Freddie Gray. Past last week. You need to look back 10 years.”

Banks said many residents fear the six officers suspended after Gray died under suspicious circumstances on April 19 will never be charged with a crime.

Young children sweep up the area outside the CVS Pharmacy on Tuesday, as the community tries to begin its cleanup from Monday's rioting.
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  • Young children sweep up the area outside the CVS Pharmacy in Baltimore, Maryland, April 28, 2015, that was set on fire during rioting last night. Riot police and National Guard troops stood guard on the smouldering streets of Baltimore Tuesday after protesters incensed by the death of a young black man in police custody went on the rampage, torching cars and buildings and looting stores. Fires continued to burn in the mainly black northeastern city, where a curfew was set to take effect Tuesday evening after a day of riots that dragged on into Monday night. The state of Maryland declared a state of emergency after rioters ransacked shops, making off with armloads of merchandise. Schools were closed Tuesday a safety measure.       AFP PHOTO/JIM WATSONJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images
  • Members of the community work to clean up a recently looted and burned CVS store in Baltimore, Maryland, United States April 28, 2015.  The day after rioters tore through Baltimore, the city's mayor was criticized on Tuesday for a slow police response to some of the worst U.S. urban unrest in years after the funeral of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died in police custody. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said he had called Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake repeatedly Monday but that she held off calling in the National Guard until three hours after violence first erupted.    REUTERS/Jim Bourg
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Young children sweep up the area outside the CVS Pharmacy on Tuesday, as the community tries to begin its cleanup from Monday’s rioting.

BALTIMORE RIOTS HAVE ROOTS IN HISTORY OF MISTRUST BETWEEN COMMUNITY AND COPS

“People feel these officers never get indicted,” he said. “The police do a lot and get away with it.”

Bishop Douglas Miles, of Koinonia Baptist Church, said West Baltimore has always had a complicated relationship with the city’s leaders.

Baltimore Riots Leave City Devastated, Buildings Ruined
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“This part of the city is neglected,” he said. “Forty years of neglect. There are few after school programs for kids. They don’t know where to go. It’s a community under siege by the ills of society. We have high incarceration rates. High crime. High rates of addiction.”

No wonder, said Miles, people are fed up.

“We tell the mayor, just come here,” he said. “Just come listen to the people.”

 

GOOD BYE………..CORRUPT JAMAICA ASSEMBLY MEMBER SCARBOROUGH PLEADS GUILTY AND STEPS DOWN – ONE DOWN A FEW MORE TO GO

First Shirley Huntley, then Malcolm Smith, now so fucking long William Scarborough. Next in-line will be crook Councilman Ruben Wills.

Two fucking decades of tax payer’s money and not a damn thing to show for it, except a fucking bad toupee.

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From Queens Courier:

Assemblyman Scarborough to plead guilty: reports

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com |

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Assemblyman William Scarborough

Assemblyman William Scarborough is expected to plead guilty in a felony corruption case and step down from office after serving southeast Queens for two decades, according to published reports.

Scarborough was arrested in October for allegedly stealing campaign funds and collecting travel reimbursement checks through the voucher system, which legislators receive when they are in the state capital, even when he was not in Albany.

Following his arrest, Scarborough pleaded not guilty to an 11-count federal indictment, where he was accused of improperly claiming “per diem” expenses in excess of $40,000 for travel that didn’t take place.

The Queens pol is scheduled to plead guilty on May 7 to two felony federal corruption charges as part of a tentative deal, the Daily News reported. They will include one count of improperly receiving money from a program that receives federal funds, and one count of wire fraud.

His attorney filed a change-of-plea notice late Monday, according to the Albany Times Union, and at the same time, a notice was filed to give up the fight to have cellphone tower data thrown out as evidence in the case, arguing that it was illegally obtained. The data was reportedly used to pinpoint his whereabouts when he claimed to be in Albany.

Along with the guilty plea, Scarborough is expected to vacate the 29th Assembly District seat that he first assumed in 1995.

Scarborough is also facing a 23-count state indictment charging him with withdrawing and diverting over $40,000 from his campaign account to use for personal expenses.

 

THE BURNING & DESTRUCTION OF BALTIMORE IS NOT ABOUT FREDDIE GRAY – IT IS ABOUT GHETTO THUG MENTALITY, PLAIN AND SIMPLE

What is going on in Baltimore is a national disgrace of such a high level, it is hard to comprehend. While many are outraged at what happened to Freddie Gray in police custody, which still needs to be explained, and are protesting peacefully, far too many are engaging in thug ghetto mentality burning and looting, which has nothing to do with the death of Gray (and is an insult to the young man and his family) and more about the continuous thug ghetto mentality that is way too prevalent in the black community. I mean what does burning down a CVS in your own neighborhood while stealing  a jug of Arizona Sweet Tea and Pringles have to do with anything. NOT A DAMN THING, JUST A FUCKING EXCUSE to behave badly and ghetto thug mentality which is helping to destroy black communities.Violent standoff between Freddie Gray protesters and police in Baltimore.

Where are you now, Al Sharpton?

This also goes much deeper to what has been happening within the black community for decades and that is for another story and something that really needs to be addressed. But in the meantime, this serves absolutely no purpose but to allow criminals and thugs to reek havoc, plain and simple and destroy a community that these folks live in.

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From The Daily News:

Baltimore burns as riots over Freddie Gray’s death convulse city, prompt officials to declare state of emergency, call in National Guard

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Published: Monday, April 27, 2015, 8:47 AM
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Gloria Darden (2nd r.), Freddie Gray's mother, leans into his casket during his funeral at the New Shiloh Baptist Church in Baltimore on Monday.
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  • Mourners embrace as they gather in front of the casket containing the body of Freddie Gray before his funeral, Monday, April 27, 2015, at New Shiloh Baptist Church in Baltimore. Gray died from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a Baltimore Police Department van. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
  • BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 27: Rev. Jesse Jackson speaks to the media upon arriving at New Shiloh Baptist Church for the funeral service for Freddie Gray, April 27, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. Gray, 25, was arrested for possessing a switch blade knife April 12 outside the Gilmor Homes housing project on Baltimore's west side. According to his attorney, Gray died a week later in the hospital from a severe spinal cord injury he received while in police custody. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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Gloria Darden (2nd r.), Freddie Gray’s mother, leans into his casket during his funeral at the New Shiloh Baptist Church in Baltimore on Monday.

Maryland officials declared a state of emergency, brought in the National Guard and imposed a curfew after riots, looting and massive fires ravaged Baltimore on Monday following the funeral of a black man who was killed in police custody.

Hours after Freddie Gray’s funeral — and after his family had pleaded for peace — a small group of demonstrators began pelting cops with bricks and bottles.

It only got worse.

As darkness descended on the city, full-scale rioting engulfed many parts of the city and smoke rose from burned cop cars and stores, mixing with tear gas that police fired at the violent crowds. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake called the agitators “thugs who only want to incite violence and destroy our city” as she declared streets off-limits between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., starting Tuesday.

Firefighters had their hands full all night, and rioters threw projectiles at them in an effort to hamper the city’s response.

Freddie Gray died April 19 while in police custody in Baltimore. Photo by Jamiea Speller – Freddie Gray died April 19 while in police custody in Baltimore.

Officials said during an evening press conference that 15 police officers had been injured — two of whom were hospitalized — mostly by projectiles. At least 27 people had been arrested.

A huge blaze consumed a senior center that was under construction in what officials attributed to the escalating frenzy.

The violence erupted near the Baptist church where Gray’s service was held, and cops in riot gear were captured on camera hurling rocks, along with tear gas canisters, back at their attackers, most of whom appeared to be teenagers.

Trouble started with rumors on social media about a “Purge,” referring to a 2013 movie in which crime was legalized, Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said.

Violence in Baltimore: 7 Police Officers Injured in Clashes
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After about 100 students heading to Mondawmin Mall were met by police, all hell broke loose. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard. Officials also asked for an additional 5,000 law enforcement personnel for backup and announced schools will be closed Tuesday.

The Baltimore Orioles’ game against the Chicago White Sox was called off as several police cars had their windows smashed. Looters could be seen running out of a CVS pharmacy, which was later torched, a liquor store and other local businesses.

“I don’t know what we’re gonna do,” said Abid Ayub, 42, whose family’s 7-Eleven at the heart of downtown was looted. “Nobody showed up so far. The cops drive by. They don’t even wanna stop and see what happened.”

Hoodlums also attacked news reporters throughout the day. Early Tuesday, a Daily News staffer evacuated two journalists who were assaulted by rioters, with one having a bottle smashed in his face.

Mourners embrace as they wait in line outside Vaughn Greene Funeral Home for the wake of Freddie Gray. Drew Angerer/Getty Images- Mourners embrace as they wait in line outside Vaughn Greene Funeral Home for the wake of Freddie Gray.

It was the latest — and by far most tense — round of fighting in streets since the 25-year-old Gray died April 19 following an encounter with cops that left him with a severed spine and crushed voice box.

On Monday, Gray’s family lawyer called on the Baltimore Police Department — and the six suspended city cops suspected of putting Gray in an early grave — to tell the world what happened.

“This is the moment to get at truth,” Bill Murphy told mourners at Gray’s funeral. “This is our moment to get it right.” Murphy also asked for prayers for Baltimore’s mayor, “who is struggling mightily with this,” a statement that brought more applause.

After the riots intensified, the lawyer said Gray’s family was “in shock” watching the violence and urged calm. NYPD chokehold victim Eric Garner’s daughter was among the more than 2,500 people packing New Shiloh Baptist Church who rose to their feet and applauded as one.

“It’s like there is no accountability, no justice,” Erica Garner, 24, said afterward. “It’s like we’re back in the ’50s, back in the Martin Luther King days. When is our day to be free going to come?”

In New York, Mayor de Blasio said there have not been any related threats, and the violent demonstrators are “denigrating any possible notion of how to improve the situation, or bring police and community together, or get justice for anyone.”

Just hours after being sworn into office, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said the Justice Department continues to investigate Gray’s death and offered assistance in calming the violence.

“As our investigative process continues, I strongly urge every member of the Baltimore community to adhere to the principles of nonviolence,” she said.

People rally for support of Freddie Gray at his wake in Baltimore. SHANNON STAPLETON/REUTERS- People rally for support of Freddie Gray at his wake in Baltimore.

Gray’s death exacerbated the already frayed relationship between the city’s African-American residents and police and exploded into a weekend of protests that turned violent at times.

Two hours before Gray’s funeral, mourners filed inside the church to pay their respects at his open casket, which was flanked by floral arrangements. Sobs echoed through the sanctuary and a projector aimed at two screens on the walls showed the words “Black Lives Matter & All Lives Matter.”

Five of the six officers who arrested Gray have been questioned and suspended with pay, but none has been charged with a crime. The Baltimore police commissioner has admitted that Gray should have gotten medical care, but police have not said how he suffered the spinal injury.