Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis made an impassioned plea to his city on Tuesday, begging disruptive rioters to "go home" and let the peaceful protestors get their message across.
"There is enough of us in the streets trying to change what's going on," Lewis said. "Baltimore, get off the streets. Kids, go home, stay home."
The protests began after 25-year-old Freddie Gray mysteriously died in the custody of police on April 19. Gray was arrested after apparently fleeing from police on the morning of April 12. His injuries included three fractured vertebrae and a crushed voice box, according to The Atlantic.
While video of the arrest does not appear to show police using excessive force, Baltimore authorities have yet to explain Gray's injuries to the public. It is also not clear why he was being taken into custody.
Baltimore residents at a peaceful protest, as captured by citizen photographer Devin Allen.
After a week of peaceful protests, riots broke out in Baltimore on Monday, following a pattern of clashes between police and largely African American communities that has been spreading across the country in response to police brutality.
"We with you, we know whats going on," Lewis said. "We know the problems, we know there was wrong done, we know we're not getting the right justice, but rioting in our streets is wrong, it's dead wrong."
In the last four years, Baltimore has paid more than $5.7 million after over 100 lawsuits have been taken up against the city for police brutality, according to the Baltimore Sun.
"Victims include a 15-year-old boy riding a dirt bike, a 26-year-old pregnant accountant who had witnessed a beating, a 50-year-old woman selling church raffle tickets, a 65-year-old church deacon rolling a cigarette and an 87-year-old grandmother aiding her wounded grandson."
Reaction to Lewis' video have been both positive and negative. Many support his message to preserve the city and stop distracting from the peaceful protestors, while others feel he is trying to silence a neighborhood who has been suffering.