Baltimore mayor lifts nighttime curfew, thanks locals for patience

Baltimore mayor lifts nighttime curfew, thanks locals for patience
By Euronews
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The mayor of US city of Baltimore has lifted a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew imposed after days of violence and unrest sparked by the death in police custody of a black man, Freddie Gray.

Effective immediately, I have rescinded my order instituting a city-wide curfew. I want to thank the people of Baltimore for their patience.

— Mayor Rawlings-Blake (@MayorSRB) May 3, 2015

My goal has always been to not have the curfew in place a single day longer than was necessary. I believe we have reached that point today.— Mayor Rawlings-Blake (@MayorSRB) May 3, 2015

A surprise announcement on Friday that the six police officers involved in Gray’s arrest and subsequent death had themselves been arrested helped diffuse the situation.

Later on Friday night a group of protesters who violated the curfew to celebrate news of the officer arrests were reportedly beaten by police and arrested.

On Saturday afternoon hundreds of people gathered at a rally to praise the decision by the Baltimore state prosecutor to arrest the officers involved in Gray’s death: one on the charge of murder and the five others on lesser crimes.

#PHOTO: Nearly 2,000 March for #OneBaltimore. The student-led March is the largest one the city has seen

— Sonia Dasgupta (@SoniaDasgupta) April 29, 2015

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