April 9, 2015
Riots in Baltimore, Maryland have largely subsided since protests there in the wake of Freddie Gray’s death turned violent earlier this week, albeit in the shadows of a massive police presence amplified by the activation of the National Guard.
A week-long nightly curfew went into effect in Baltimore on
Tuesday evening, and more 3,000 police officers were on the scene
thanks to a collaborative effort between law enforcement from
Maryland, New Jersey and Washington, DC, as well as the National
Clad in riot gear, flanks of police marched through sections of
Baltimore late Tuesday evening to clear the city streets pursuant
to the curfew.
Efforts to enforce the curfew proved largely successful, and much
of the city was comparatively quiet during early Wednesday
morning, a sharp contrast to the riots and looting on Monday
night after Freddie Gray’s funeral.
Gray, 25, died earlier this month, a week after he suffered
critical injuries while in the custody of the Baltimore Police
Department. Demonstrations, mostly peaceful, have been waged
across the region since Gray’s arrest on April 12, and have
become amplified following his death. Thousands attended Gray’s
funeral on Monday and went on a peaceful protest after. It turned
violent later in the day, prompting Republican Gov. Larry Hogan
to activate the National Guard to restore order.
People have the right to protest and express their
frustration, but Baltimore City families deserve peace and safety
in their communities and these acts of violence and destruction
of property cannot and will not be tolerated, Hogan said.
â€” Anya Parampil (@anyaparampil) April
On Wednesday, Baltimore Police Capt. Eric Kowalczyk said that the
city will be assessing the need to keep the curfew into effect
day by day, hour by hour.