“Go home!” local officials shouted, as they took to the streets of riot-torn Baltimore on Tuesday night (April 28) to urge people to respect the 10pm to 5am curfew.
Violence a night earlier saw 19 buildings set ablaze and at least 230 arrests in the US city.
Mayor of Baltimore, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, appealed to mothers to take their children home.
“I need you as a mother, a mature person, to help me get them off the street,” she urged. “I know you are hurting, I am not taking it from you. I am hurting, too.”
Violence broke out following the funeral of 25-year old Freddie Gray; a black man who died days after allegedly being injured in police custody.
“We are trying to talk to those that seem most likely to do violence tonight and we are trying to pray with them, discuss, help them work through this,” a local chaplain told euronews.
CITIZENS LINING UP TO PROTECT THE POLICE IN BALTIMORE pic.twitter.com/sGnaM96c1p— banksy (@thereaIbanksy) April 29, 2015
More than 3,000 police – backed up by National Guard officers – were deployed in front of shops and hospitals.
Euronews correspondent Stefan Grobe reports the curfew initially seemed to be effective:
“So far, Baltimore has been spared a second night of violence. Only a small group of hardcore troublemakers was determined to face-off against an overwhelming police force. But it’s impossible to say how the next days will unfold.”
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