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Protesters targeted businesses and smashed police cars in downtown Baltimore on Saturday as the biggest demonstration yet over the death of a young African-American man in police custody turned violent. More than 1,000 people had joined an orderly 90-minute rally at Baltimore city hall demanding justice for Freddie Gray, 25, who died last Sunday from spinal injuries, a week after his arrest in the city's impoverished west side. Live images from local television news helicopters showed a crowd hurling soda bottles and trash cans at police officers. "Protesters are now breaking windows and throwing items at us," the Baltimore police department confirmed on its Twitter feed.