BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The neighborhood that saw a riot on Monday is peaceful now and happy after the officers involved in Freddie Gray’s arrest are facing charges in his death.
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Some call it Ground Zero: the intersection at the heart of Monday’s riot where many come to take pictures—an area slammed with devastation that’s now bouncing back.
“Everybody needs to embrace this situation,” said one man.
On Saturday, it was a meeting ground that drew hundreds.
“A moment of silence for the world! A moment of silence for black lives,” said a protester.
“It’s a beautiful thing,” said one man.READ MORE: Man Killed In Head-On Crash With Street Sweeper In Rosedale Saturday
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake walked the streets.
“You have people not only from our city and our state but all over,” she said.
Noting how much has changed across the city in just days.
“There’s a lot of people who know that in peace, you can seek justice,” she said.
The peace is here, so many are questioning why the curfew is still needed
“There are still public safety concerns. I will say we’re monitoring it hourly to keep our ear to the street,” she said.
“It’s not over,” said one man. “Just because they’re charged doesn’t mean they’re convicted.”MORE NEWS: Baltimore County Announces New Distribution Dates For Rapid Covid Tests
It’s important to point out how peaceful the protests have been Saturday. When you have protests with thousands of people, police are worrying about what will happen when the curfew approaches. It is still in effect and will begin at 10 p.m.