Ongoing protests over police brutality spread to major US cities on Wednesday, as large rallies in Baltimore ended without violence. The city’s police continue to impose a curfew in the city two days after riots following the death of a black man, Freddie Gray, after he suffered a spinal injury during a police arrest.
Demonstrations in New York City were restricted by the police and more than 60 people were arrested as protesters gathered and marched in several places in Manhattan, such as Times Square and Union Square, blocking traffic in a few areas.
Smaller protests occurred in other big cities such as Boston, Houston, Washington, DC, and Seattle, and nine protesters were arrested in Denver.
The recent protests are part of the latest wave of public reaction to the use of lethal police force against black people in Cleveland; Ferguson, Missouri; New York and elsewhere in the past year.
The Baltimore protests were sparked by the death of Freddie Gray (25), which came as a result of spinal injury he suffered during a police arrest on April 12.
After protests turned violent following the funeral, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan a declared state of emergency and deployed around 3,000 National Guard troops and police to bring situation under control. In addition, Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake declared a week-long curfew in the city that started on Tuesday.