Pictures of Cops & Community Connecting Show a Different Side of the Baltimore Riots (PHOTOS)

After the hellacious riots in Baltimore Monday night following the funeral of Freddie Gray, our faith in humanity is slowly being restored by the images coming out of the city today.

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President Obama called the looters "criminals and thugs," for trying to tear down the city. The riot was incited by the funeral of Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died in police custody last week. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency, and there were a reported 144 vehicle fires, 15 structure fires, and nearly 200 arrests.

But despite the SWAT team being called in, it isn't all about people against law enforcement. In fact, the community seems to be coming together to do their best to help the police do their jobs, and show their respect.

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After a night rife with clashes, it's nice to see the connections instead. There's a long way to go in terms of bringing the community together, but this is a good place to start. If we can work together, get to know each other, put names and faces with the cops and the citizens they vow to protect, the world would be a better place.

The whole community seems to be banding together. As of early Tuesday afternoon, 2,500 had already joined a Baltimore cleanup effort Facebook event, and numbers are still going up.

Resident Myra Keane told CBS Baltimore, "I thought it was my civic duty to come out to restore my neighborhood." That's the kind of attitude that will bring societal gaps -- not wrecking your city.

Do these photos of the cleanup in Baltimore give you hope?

 

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