Baltimore Mayor Rawlings-Blake lifts city curfew

By Andrew V. Pestano  |  May 3, 2015 at 11:37 AM
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BALTIMORE, May 3 (UPI) -- Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced Sunday that the 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew imposed for nearly a week has been lifted.

The curfew was imposed after riots broke out in West Baltimore on Monday in response to the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray due to injuries sustained while in police custody.

Six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray were released from jail on bond late Friday.

The four officers facing felony charges each posted $350,000 bail and the two facing misdemeanor charges each posted $250,000 bail. All six face multiple charges, including second-degree assault, a misdemeanor that comes with a possible 10-year sentence. One officer, Caesar R. Goodson Jr., 45, was charged with second-degree depraved heart murder, a felony with a possible 30-year sentence.

The others charged are Officer William G. Porter, 25; Lt. Brian W. Rice, 41; Sgt. Alicia D. White, 30; Officer Edward M. Nero, 29; and Officer Garrett E. Miller, 26. The six are expected in court on May 27.

Gray's family applauded the charges in a Friday evening news conference. Richard Shipley, Gray's stepfather, said the charges were an important step for getting justice.

"We ask that whoever comes to our city, a city that we love, a city that we live in, come in peace," Shipley said. "If you are not coming in peace, please don't come at all because this city needs to get back to work."

"My goal has always been to not have the curfew in place a single day longer than was necessary. I believe we have reached that point today," Rawlings-Blake also tweeted.

Amy R. Connolly and Danielle Haynes contributed to this report.

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