This week's crime wrap is devoted to the events out of Baltimore, where racially-charged protests erupted following the death of Freddie Gray. Gavino Garay reports.
Protests were largely peaceful at first .... against the death of Freddie Gray, who died from an unexplained spinal injury after being taken into police custody. Family and friends paid tribute to the 25-year-old on Monday. But then... Baltimore erupted into a night of looting and violence that night, prompting the city's Mayor to take decisive action. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BALTIMORE MAYOR STEPHANIE RAWLINGS-BLAKE SAYING: "I've been in contact with our Governor and I've requested and he's agreed to deploy the National Guard...We've ordered a curfew be in effect instituting tomorrow a curfew city wide - 10 PM (EST) to 5 AM." Cleanup the day after ... of that very CVS which, among other buildings, was set on fire and looted by protesters. U.S. President Barack Obama was quick to condemn the violence. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "No excuse for violence we saw yesterday." The 'Freddie Gray' protests spread to major cities like New York, where hundreds took to the streets and dozens were arrested. But with National Guard deployed to Baltimore streets... some of the violence subsided, though several arrests were made throughout the week for curfew violations. As Baltimore headed into the weekend, the city remained largely peaceful. And on Friday, celebrations.... after the city's chief prosecutor brought criminal charges against the six officers involved in Gray's arrest. The city lifted its curfew on Sunday, though civil rights advocates still want a solution to what they say is a national crisis in police tactics.