Festive celebrations of thousands of people that began in the morning when six Baltimore police officers were charged over the death of a black man, turned sour after hundreds of protesters decided to rally into the night breaking Baltimore City’s curfew.
Freddie Gray died on April 19, a week after suffering a fatal spinal injury while in police custody.
Despite the curfew set between 10:00pm and 5:00am, demonstrators challenged police by rallying in the streets of Baltimore resulting in the arrest of around 50 people including some being arrested voluntarily.
According to CNN, 53 people were detained on Friday night including 15 who violated curfew.
Protests against police brutality in the United States broke out after a series of killings of unarmed African American men during police encounters.
On Monday night, the protests in Baltimore have turned into riots, and since then some groups violate the curfew every night.
On Saturday, the day after the states’ attorney’s announcement that six police officers were charged in relation to the death of Freddie Gray, a march set out from the neighborhood where Gray (25) was arrested on April 12 with a minute of silence in his memory, followed by celebrations.
Protesters marched to City Hall celebrating and chanting “no justice, no peace, no racist police.”
On Friday, Baltimore chief prosecutor Marilyn Mosby announced she filed criminal charges against six police officers including second degree murder, manslaughter, misconduct and assault.
Mosby said the medical examiner ruled the 25-year-old’s death as homicide, officers ignored his call for medical help, and his arrest was “illegal” in the first place as police had no probable cause.
Despite demonstrators disobeying the curfew in Baltimore, authorities stated the curfew will still be in place until the end of the week as previously announced.