Baltimore Curfew Ends, National Guard Moving Out This Week
BALTIMORE (WJZ) -- The citywide curfew was lifted Sunday as demonstrations remained peaceful. On Friday, the state's attorney announced charges against six city officers for their roles in the death of Freddie Gray. It's a move many demonstrators were calling for.
Meghan McCorkell has more on the developments.
The mayor has lifted that curfew here in the city after protesters have remained peaceful.
Six days after riots gripped Baltimore City, peaceful rallies have taken over as State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced charges against the six officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray.
"I heard your call for no justice, no peace. Your peace is sincerely needed as I work to deliver justice on behalf of this young man, she said.
With that peace intact Sunday, officials lifted the city-wide curfew for Baltimore.
"I think lifting the curfew is a good idea. It's been a really rough week. But let's get back to normal in the city---get people back to work and back to school and get people coming back into the city," said Governor Larry Hogan.
One of the hardest hit areas, Mondawmin Mall---where looters did thousands of dollars in damage Monday---reopened for the first time Sunday.
"I'm just glad it's back open and people can kind of move on with their lives," said one resident.
"I was very upset by all the things that happened in the mall. It was terrible what they did to our mall. I'm glad now it's up and running again," said another.
At Penn and North---where firefighters battled back flames at a CVS pharmacy---ATF investigators are now out on the scene. A state of emergency remains in effect in Baltimore with 3,000 National Guard members and 1,000 extra police officers patrolling. The mayor says those crews will begin ramping down.
"They unwind. It's not like you flip a switch. They have to unwind their operations and they're going to do that over this next week," she said.
"We're going to continue to keep officers deployed in areas where there is the potential for concern, where we've had previous incidents of violence, where intelligence or social media indicates we have future gatherings," said Captain Eric Kowalczyk, Baltimore City police.
Now officials hope they won't need extra resources as the lengthy court process against those six officers begins to play out. All six officers that were charged in the Freddie Gray investigation have been released on bond.
Police officials say 113 officers have been injured since last Saturday and they've made 486 arrests.
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