Baltimore Wakes to Quiet Streets After First Night of Mandatory Curfew

BALTIMORE, MD — Things were a lot quieter in Baltimore overnight. Police say demonstrations were mostly peaceful, but people still want answers about why Freddie Gray died in police custody. Baltimore police say there was relative calm on the first night of the curfew, less than a dozen arrests, compared to more than 200 Monday.

“We do not have a lot of movement in the city as a whole so the curfew is working,” said Anthony Batts, Baltimore Police Commissioner.

Officers in riot gear cleared the streets with smoke canisters and urged residents to back up. After some initial resistance, they complied. Questions still remain about the arrest and death of Freddie Gray. He suffered a severe spine injury while in police custody, and demonstrators are demanding accountability.

“We’ve gotta listen to our children because I tell you this is without a doubt the civil rights cause of our generation,” said Representative Elijah Cummings, (D) Maryland.

Baltimore was fairly quiet Wednesday morning, but still a city on edge, bursting with frustration, waiting for answers. The curfew is in effect every night through Monday.

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