Widespread outrage over the death of Freddie Gray gave way to impromptu celebrations Friday after Baltimore's chief prosecutor filed criminal charges against the six police officers who arrested him, drove him to a police station and ignored his pleas for medical help.
As protests over the death of Freddie Gray continued without major incident and Baltimore police announced an early conclusion to their investigation, civil rights activists and restaurants angled to get the curfew lifted.
As masses of mostly peaceful demonstrators marched on City Hall, officials on Wednesday began their own offensive to prevent violence from flaring again Friday, when police are expected to turn their investigation into the death of Freddie Gray over to prosecutors.
Chris Everett wants the world to know that Baltimore is more than looted buildings, protesters lobbing rocks and police in riot gear.
In a funeral service that was both personal and political, family, friends and strangers alike said farewell on Monday to Freddie Gray, the Baltimore man whose death from injuries sustained in police custody has sparked a national furor.
As Freddie Gray's family prepared to bury him on Monday, officials reiterated their calls for calm after a massive demonstration on Saturday left some businesses and cars vandalized, 35 people arrested and a city on edge over the 25-year-old's death from injuries sustained in police custody.
Saturday's march for Freddie Gray from the west side to City Hall could cause traffic problems and prompted at least one event cancellation, while other businesses and event organizers are monitoring the situation.
In a boxful of documents stored in Baltimore City Circuit Court, the outlines of an all-too-familiar inner-city childhood emerge.