(AP and NewsPop) — Schools in Baltimore, Maryland reopened Wednesday after protests and riots that began in the city Monday night died down.
The riots erupted following a memorial service for Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died from a spinal-cord injury under mysterious circumstances while in police custody. Rioters were angry with police about Gray’s death, so they took to the streets, throwing bricks and bottles at police, looting stores and setting more than 150 fires. Several police officers were injured, including some who ended up in a confrontation with school-age children.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake called the people taking part in the riots “thugs.”
“It’s idiotic to think that by destroying your city, you’re going to make life better for anybody,” Rawlings-Blake said.
The Mayor set a city-wide curfew for the rest of the week, meaning no one can be out on the streets between 10pm and 5am.
3,000 police and National Guardsmen remain in Baltimore to try to keep the peace and prevent a repeat of the looting and arson. Police have arrested more than 200 people involved in the rioting so far.