US: Baltimore protest against custodial death turns violent



    Baltimore mayor sacks city police chief

    July 9, 2015 - The mayor of Baltimore, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, has sacked the city’s police chief on the grounds that his leadership had become a distraction from fighting a “crime surge”. Media reports quoted Blake as saying that Anthony Batts, the city police commissioner, was being replaced by Kevin Davis, for an indefinite period. Baltimore had witnessed violent riots following the death of an African-American from injuries in police custody. Six officers were charged over the death of Freddie Gray.

    Baltimore: Curfew lifted, National Guard pullout begins

    May 4, 2015 - The National Guard began to withdraw its troops from Baltimore as the mayor of the city lifted curfew. The curfew was heavily criticized by the residents of Baltimore who demanded the authorities to end it. Mayor Rawlings-Blake said that the aim was not to have the curfew a day longer than was necessary. Governor of Maryland, Larry Hogan, said that he supported Blake's decision.

    Baltimore: Curfew continues in the city

    May 3, 2015 - Scores of Baltimore residents held peaceful demonstrations on Saturday following the arrest of six police officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray. As per media reports, some of the protestors who had remained in the streets when curfew was declared in the city at 10 pm were later arrested.Many community members had asked the authorities to end the curfew. On Saturday, many marchers gathered at Baltimore City Hall, walking all the way from Gilmore Homes housing project, where Freddie Gray was arrested.

    Order would soon be restored, say authorities

    April 28, 2015 - National Guard troops were called in to take control of the situation, as police officers blocked the streets and firefighters doused flames in riot-hit Baltimore. According to media reports, the riots had begun in West Baltimore on Monday but by midnight had spread to East Baltimore. As per the figures given by a spokesperson for the mayor’s office, at least 144 vehicles were set on fire and nearly 200 arrests were made. 15 police officers sustained injuries and six had to be hospitalized.The state and local authorities have promised that order would soon be restored.

    Baltimore riots: 15 police officers injured, curfew declared

    April 28, 2015 - At least 15 police officers were injured during riots in Baltimore. Police chief of patrol, Col. Darryl D. DeSousa, said two police officers are undergoing treatment, while the rest have been released. As per media reports, most of the police officers were injured by the flying debris.

    Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said a mandatory curfew will be imposed in the city from 10 pm to 5 pm. The curfew will be effective for one week starting from Tuesday. Schools in the city will also be closed on Tuesday.

    April 26,2015 - Protests against the custodial death of a 25-year-old black man turned violent in Baltimore, US, after a small section of demonstrators targeted police cars.Around a dozen people were arrested, and the police delayed the departure of fans from a basketball game.

    Freddie Gray, who was arrested on April 12, died after suffering spinal injuries in police custody. Several black men have died in police custody in the US in recent months, sparking protests. 

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