Bd Morning Desk –
Baltimore has lifted an overnight curfew imposed after riots sparked by the death of a black man in custody
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake had faced growing calls for the curfew to be scrapped, particularly from store and restaurant owners who said the 10:00 pm to 5:00 am nightly restriction was wrecking business.
“My goal has always been to not have the curfew in place a single day longer than was necessary,” Rawlings-Blake wrote on Twitter. “I believe we have reached that point today.”
Across the city, people cheered the return to relative calm with impromptu celebrations, a far cry from the riots that saw angry protesters torch cars, pelt police with stones and ransack stores on April 27.
The riots stemmed from protests over the death of Freddie Gray, 25, who suffered a serious spinal injury while in the back of a police van on April 12.He died a week later.
A total of 113 officers were wounded and 486 protesters were arrested, including 46 overnight into Sunday, Baltimore police spokesman Captain Eric Kowalczyk told reporters.