An uneasy quiet appeared to creep over Baltimore on Tuesday night as a city-wide curfew took effect.
But even before police cleared the streets cleared at the mandated time of 10 p.m., some semblance of normal living began to take over, even at the corner where a looted and burned drug store had become a symbol of the Baltimore riots of 2015.
Using the hashtag #OneBaltimore, civilians gathered at the intersection of North and Pennsylvania avenues, where a CVS pharmacy had been destroyed by fire in Monday’s mayhem, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Shortly before the city’s newly instituted 10 p.m. curfew, they appeared to have succeeded. Forming a line in front of officers clad in riot gear, dozens turned their backs, linked arms, and moved like a sweeper into the crowd with a simple message: Go home … The scene capped a day when the corner of North and Pennsylvania drew throngs of people and pulsed with energy, tension, community, and a bit of hope.
There was still tension Tuesday as some demonstrators clashed with police, who responded with pepper spray. And each time, according to the Inquirer, others in the crowd put themselves in between to two sides, urging calm and preventing things from spiraling out of control again.
Overall, the mood was reportedly drastically different from Monday’s mayhem. “I was heartbroken by the demonstration, the lack of control, the terror in our community,” one woman told the Inquirer, asking to be identified only as Tanya.”The goal of today is to clean up and recover. We will live. We will survive. We will recover.”
Ten people have been arrested since the curfew began, according to Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts.
— ReadingPartnersBMore (@RPBaltimore) April 28, 2015
— Matthew Keys (@MatthewKeysLive) April 29, 2015
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