Baltimore mayor lifts night curfew

Baltimore mayor announces lifting city-wide night curfew after Saturday night’s peaceful protests

Photo by: Anadolu Agency
Photo by: Anadolu Agency

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Baltimore’s city-wide night curfew, which was imposed last Tuesday, has been lifted, the city Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced on Sunday.

The Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake had imposed the night curfew after violence erupted during protests over the death of a black man who suffered while in police custody.

Blake said she was happy about the Saturday night’s peaceful demonstrations and sufficient cald had returned to Baltimore which allowed her to end the curfew.

"My goal has always been to not have the curfew in place a single day longer than was necessary," Blake said.

"Everyone wants to have that sense of peace and calm back in our city, so we can begin to heal. I believe we have reached that point today."

The funeral of Freddie Gray, who died on April 19 one week after being violently arrested by the police, flamed the clashes between protesters and the police.

The violence spread to all around the city as the angry protesters started throwing rocks and burning cars during the clashes with police, ignoring calls to disperse.

The protests also spread to other major United States cities such as Washington, New York, Boston, DC, houston, and Seattle during the week.

Last year, protests were held across the US after the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York City.

In both cases, grand juries decided not to charge police officers involved in the deaths of unarmed black men in Ferguson and New York last year, causing further frustration and protest.

Driver officer Goodson, who is charged with second degree murder in Gray’s case, can receive a prison sentence up to 30 years if convicted of murder.

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