Rihanna, Chuck D, 'The Wire' Stars & More React to Baltimore Riots

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On April 12, 25-year-old Freddie Gray died of a spinal-cord injury while in the custody of Baltimore police. Now, more than two weeks later, as more details emerge about that day, the long-simmering tension between police and residents in the Maryland city has boiled over into violent riots and looting on Monday (April 27) -- so much so that the National Guard has been called in to help. It should also be noted that Monday's violence was preceded by days of protests that remained peaceful.

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Musicians from Rihanna and Kelly Rowland to Big Boi and Charlie Daniels have taken to social media to address the protests -- whether imploring people to keep the peace or cheering on the activism.

David Simon -- who created the Baltimore-set HBO series The Wire -- took to his blog Monday to call for an end to riots and looting in the city. Many of the stars of his show also reacted with these tweets:

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