Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has lifted a curfew that she placed on the city last week to quell fiery protests that sparked in response to the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray while in police custody, the Baltimore Sun reports.
Friday afternoon, Baltimore City State Attorney Marilyn Mosby brought charges against the six officers, ranging from misconduct in office and assault to manslaughter and depraved-heart murder, and they were all arrested. As previously reported by NewsOne, they have since been released on bond.
“Effective immediately, I have rescinded my order instituting a city-wide curfew,” she said in a statement released Sunday morning. “My goal has always been to not have the curfew in place a single day longer than was necessary.”
“Effective immediately, I have rescinded my order instituting a city-wide curfew,” Rawlings-Blake said in a statement released Sunday morning. “My goal has always been to not have the curfew in place a single day longer than was necessary.
My number one priority in instituting a curfew was to ensure the public peace, safety, health and welfare of Baltimore citizens. It was not an easy decision, but one I felt was necessary to help our city restore calm.
I want to thank the people of Baltimore for their patience during this difficult time as we continue to come together to heal and restore our City.”
The emergency curfew, which required all Baltimoreans to be indoors between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m, was set to expire Tuesday at 5:00 a.m.
According to the Baltimore Business Journal, local business owners who have lost thousands of dollars due to closing early have appealed to Rawlings-Blake to lift the curfew.
The Maryland National Guard will gradually draw down its presence over the next few days, the Sun reports. On Saturday, Gov. Larry Hogan called for Sunday, May 3, to be a day of peace and prayer.
“Over the last week, I have witnessed countless acts of compassion, kindness, and leadership by the residents of Baltimore. I have seen what is possible when we stand united against violence in our communities. As we begin to rebuild and restore, let us renew our faith in the true spirit of our city and its people. I pray that tomorrow will be a day of reflection and will serve as a foundation for how we all conduct ourselves in the days and months to come.”