Curfew lifted in Baltimore after days of violence

Curfew lifted in Baltimore after days of violence

HomeUSSociety Sun May 3, 2015 3:15PM

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has lifted a curfew imposed against the US city following angry protests over the police killing of an African-American man.

“Effective immediately, I have rescinded my order instituting a citywide curfew,” the mayor said in a tweet on Sunday.

“I want to thank the people of Baltimore for their patience,” she added.

Her goal she claimed had “always been to not have the curfew in place a single day longer than was necessary. I believe we have reached that point today.”

Protests in Baltimore in recent days went out of control after clashes between civil rights demonstrators and police erupted, leading to riots and looting across the city.

The demonstrations began after the funeral of Freddie Gray, an African-American who died on April 19, a week after an encounter with police that left him with grave spinal injuries.

The demonstrations grew on a national scale with protests and rallies held across the US from coast to coast highlighting police brutality against minorities especially blacks.

On Friday, Baltimore’s chief prosecutor charged a total of six police officers in the high-profile death of Gray.

Baltimore is still under a state of emergency that began late last month with 3,000 armed members of the National Guard policing the city.

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