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Baltimore's mayor lifts curfew six days after riots were sparked by death of man in custody

Published 03/05/2015 | 17:53

A protester argues with a policeman amid demonstrations in Baltimore (AP)
A protester argues with a policeman amid demonstrations in Baltimore (AP)
Baltimore state attorney Marilyn Mosby speaks on recent violence and says there is "probable cause to file criminal charges in the Freddie Gray case" of officers involved in the arrest of the black man who later died of injuries he sustained while in custody in Baltimore, Maryland May 1, 2015. REUTERS/Adrees Latif
People celebrate as they gather in the streets of Baltimore, Maryland yesterday following the decision to charge six Baltimore police officers — including one with murder — in the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who was arrested and suffered a fatal neck injury while riding in a moving police van
Two National Guardmen ready their equipment before a march for Freddie Gray, Thursday, April 30, 2015, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Baltimore's mayor has lifted a citywide curfew six days after riots were sparked by the death of a black man who suffered a severe spinal injury while in police custody.

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The order for residents to stay at home after 10pm had been in place since Tuesday, and officials had planned to keep it in place throughout today.

Top row row from left, Caesar R. Goodson Jr, Garrett E Miller and Edward M Nero, and bottom row from left, William G Porter, Brian W Rice and Alicia D White, the six police officers charged in connection with the death of Freddie Gray (AP/Baltimore Police Department)
Top row row from left, Caesar R. Goodson Jr, Garrett E Miller and Edward M Nero, and bottom row from left, William G Porter, Brian W Rice and Alicia D White, the six police officers charged in connection with the death of Freddie Gray (AP/Baltimore Police Department)
The street party in Baltimore the day after charges were announced against the police officers involved in Freddie Gray's death (AP)

Protests since Monday's riots have been peaceful, and the announcement of charges against six officers involved in Freddie Gray's arrest eased tensions.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said today that her goal was not to maintain the curfew any longer than was necessary.

The six officers face charges ranging from manslaughter to second-degree murder.

Baltimore's unrest came amid a fierce national debate over police treatment of minorities and follows the deaths of unarmed African-Americans in New York, South Carolina and Ferguson, Missouri.

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