Stephanie Rawlings-Blake lifts curfew in Baltimore
The mayor of Baltimore, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, lifted curfew of the city six days after imposing it. The mayor had given orders to residents to stay home after 10 p. m. beginning Tuesday after the death of Freddie Gray in police custody prompted riots in the city.
On Sunday, a daytime rally Sunday was quiet and peaceful. An announcement on Friday about charges against six officers involved in arrest of Gray was seen as a step toward justice for the unarmed black man. Rawlings-Blake said that everyone want a sense of peace in city.
The 25-year-old Gray died after suffering a severe spinal injury when he was inside a police van. The officers who were in van does not listen him as they thought that he was faking. The six cops on Friday were charged with felonies ranging from assault to murder.
State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby said the officers frequently denied him medical help. On Sunday, many people prayed and chanted for justice at a 'day of prayer' rally at City Hall. The crowd stood in contrast to the riots that broke out last Monday and triggered the state's call for National Guard assistance.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said that the 3,000 soldiers and 1,000 extra cops who answered that call will shortly leave. Since April 23, about 486 arrests has been made by police at protests, rallies and other gatherings linked to Gray's death, said police spokesman Capt. J. Eric Kowalczyk. More than 113 police officers have injured since last Saturday. "When I came into the city on Monday night, it was in flames. We think it's time to get the community back to normal again", said Hogan.