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Baltimore Stays Relatively Calm Under Curfew as Protests Spread in U.S..

Wednesday saw Baltimore’s largest march in more than a week of demonstrations since Freddie Gray died after suffering spinal injuries while in police custody. BALTIMORE — Even as demonstrations against police practices generated scores of overnight arrests across the United States, this beleaguered city, where a curfew remained in place, was outwardly tranquil early Thursday as a curfew remained in place.Protests over the death of the 25-year-old black man stretched coast to coast late Wednesday, with thousands of people rallying from Seattle to Boston. With the police and the National Guard out in large numbers, and community leaders urging residents to go home, the streets emptied as Wednesday evening wore on and a second night passed without the violent protests that gripped Baltimore early in the week. In Denver, police said it used pepper spray and that 11 people were detained for offenses including resisting police, disobedience to lawful orders, obstructing roadways, and interference.

The relative quiet here seemed likely to prompt new calls for Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to alter the restrictions that she had planned to keep in place until at least Monday. There were also large demonstrations in a handful of other cities, including Boston, Minneapolis and Washington, but the authorities said they remained peaceful. Hundreds of people gathered in New York City’s Union Square chanting “black man, no justice.” “We cannot release all of the information from this investigation to the public because if there is a decision to charge in any event by the state’s attorney’s office, the integrity of that investigation has to be protected,” he said.

Police Commissioner Anthony Batts had set a deadline of Friday to file the report with state investigators, raising hopes among activists and Gray’s family that more details of his death would emerge. Meanwhile, The Washington Post reported Wednesday that another prisoner claims he saw Gray intentionally hurting himself while in the back of a police van. But the crowd at the intersection of West North and Pennsylvania Avenues on Wednesday night — much smaller than the one at the same location the previous night — dispersed shortly after 10 p.m. The low murmur of a weekday afternoon crowd was replaced with eerie silence. “Baseball history will be made here today,” play-by-play broadcaster Gary Thorne said to the TV camera as he went on the air.

While the city was returning to normalcy, residents in the most affected neighborhoods vented their frustration with police and expressed a desire to see at least some of the officers who arrested Gray, held accountable. “The best (outcome) would be one where the officers were disciplined and officials realized what happened and owned up to their wrongdoing,” said Larry Little, 22, a Baltimore resident who joined the march on Wednesday. Police officers and soldiers remained posted throughout Baltimore, from the northwestern neighborhood that has seen much of the unrest to the city’s popular Inner Harbor, the center of its tourism industry. The dramatic rescue in Kathmandu — celebrated as a miracle by bystanders — came as the official death toll from Saturday’s disaster rose above 5,500.

A series of peaceful protests played out here on Wednesday without incident, including a march from Baltimore’s Penn Station near downtown to City Hall. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton – to weigh in and vow to work on improving law enforcement and criminal justice in minority communities nationwide. Organizers of that demonstration said the march attracted more than 1,000 people, many of whom chanted, stalling rush-hour traffic while the authorities maintained an anxious watch.

Lynch, sworn in as attorney general on Monday, called Baltimore’s riots “senseless acts of violence” that are counterproductive to the ultimate goal of “developing a respectful conversation within the Baltimore community and across the nation about the way our law enforcement officers interact” with residents. Clinton on Wednesday urged police departments throughout the country to use body cameras and called for an end to excessive prison sentences that burden black communities. Promising to fight what he deems “obscene levels” of income disparity and a campaign finance system that is a “real disgrace,” the independent Vermont senator said Wednesday he will run for president as a Democrat. The Baltimore neighborhood that saw the worst of the violence was already filled with many burned-out buildings and vacant lots that had not been rebuilt since the 1968 riots that followed the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Nigeria’s missing schoolgirls from the town of Chibok were not among the nearly 300 women rescued from Boko Haram this week, a government spokesman told NBC News on Thursday.

The announcement from Nigeria’s military that it had rescued 200 girls and 93 women from the Sambisa Forest raised hopes that the Chibok girls finally had been found. I think the system right now is trying to catch up.” Maryland typically requires that people who are arrested without a warrant appear before a judicial officer within 24 hours, but Gov. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers pick first, and among the top prospects will be Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston (who has been under a cloud of controversy over rape allegations) and Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. Hogan, said in an email on Wednesday that the decision was a “necessary measure due to the large number of arrests made over the last several days and the fact that the courts were closed yesterday.

It was also done to allow the city to properly prepare the correct and appropriate charging documents.” But even on a day when dozens of people were released, the police said they had made at least 18 arrests before the curfew began on Wednesday. Additional protests were expected here and in other cities on Thursday, one day before the police were expected to submit the findings of their investigation into Mr. But the mayor, the police commissioner and civic leaders spent much of Wednesday tamping down those expectations. “If you’re anticipating actions, the action will be turning the investigation over to the state’s attorney, and from there, they will take the ball,” Mr.

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