Baltimore Mayor Lifts the Curfew, Police Officers Charged

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Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Sunday lifted the citywide curfew she ordered five days ago in response to violent protests over the death of a black man while in police custody.

Rawlings-Blake made the announcement via Twitter and thanked residents for their patience with the 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew meant to prevent rioting.

“My number one priority in instituting a curfew was to ensure the public peace, safety, health and welfare of Baltimore citizens,” Rawlings-Blake said, according to Baltimore Sun. “It was not an easy decision, but one I felt was necessary to help our city restore calm.”

The mayor also said the rioters last week will be held accountable for the vandalism, looting and arson they committed against police cars and business establishments.

The lifting of the curfew allows bars and restaurants to make up for lost business. There remains a curfew for youth, which is a permanent city policy.

Meanwhile, six police officers were charged Friday in the death of Gray, who suffered a coma due to a spinal injury and died one week after he was arrested for running away from police. Gray apparently suffered the injury while in the police van that was taking him to the police station.

A small demonstration was held Saturday to celebrate the charging of the officers.

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