Along with a state of emergency being issued in Baltimore amid widespread looting, as reported by the Inquisitr, a new curfew has been issued. As reported by WFSB, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has announced a curfew that will last from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. — with those aged 14 years and younger urged to stay in under the curfew starting on Monday, and the curfew to also extend to adults on Tuesday beginning from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. There is already a curfew in place for children 13 years of age and under, the mayor reiterated.
— CCTVNEWS (@cctvnews) April 28, 2015
As soon as the press conference announcement about the curfew was made, the word curfew began to receive a ton of reactions on social media, with folks wondering if the citywide imposed curfew would help to stem the violence and looting.
“What we see tonight going on in our city is very disturbing. We are deploying every resource possible to gain control of this situation and to ensure peace moving forward.”
— Fox News (@FoxNews) April 28, 2015
As reported by CNN, 15 police officers have been injured in the rioting from some sort of flying debris, be it bricks or bottles. Mayor Rawlings-Blake said that Baltimore is not a lawless city and thugs will not prevail, because authorities will use all of the photos and video footage to determine who is responsible for the looting and violence waged against the police officers, and those individuals will be held accountable.
“Anyone who wants to add to peace to our city is welcome, if Rev. Sharpton wants to come… anyone who wants to act within the law.”
It was called a day of open warfare as looters cut firehoses of the firefighters who tried to stop the fire at a CVS store. All of the melee erupted after the funeral of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, a man who died in police custody of a spinal injury that has not been explained. Baltimore police have admitted that Gray was not restrained via a seatbelt as he should have been — if police protocol had been followed — but they have not admitted whether or not Freddie received a “rough ride” during the controversial time he spent in police custody.
Why is this Baltimore mayor not instituting the curfew tonight? #BaltimoreRiots
— Ed Brophy (@BrophE) April 28, 2015
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