Following several days of protests in response to the death of Freddie Gray, Denver Nuggets guard Will Barton encouraged Baltimore residents to gather at a local basketball court for "peaceful fun."
Gray, 25, fractured his neck while in police custody and died a week later. An investigation into his death is ongoing. Protestors took to city's streets after Gray's funeral on Monday and the demonstrations eventually turned violent. Cars and businesses were burned and stores were ransacked by looters. The National Guard was called in to attempt to maintain order.
Hey Baltimore- Meet me today at 3pm at Cloverdale on Druid Hill as we come together for conversation and a block party, our city needs us. We're calling all men, youth coaches, teachers, pastors etc. Coaches bring your kids. We need trash bags, plates, cups, napkins, plates, food, hot dogs, rolls, condiments, trash cans, ice, beverages, fruit snacks etc. McDonalds is bringing 2,500 burgers, snacks and more. Please repost and come out. #ILoveBaltimore #BMoreNotLess
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Barton is a Baltimore native and encouraged members of the community to near Druid Hill park for a block party. Hundreds of people showed up.
Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake ordered a city-wide curfew for the rest of the week from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Orioles games on Monday and Tuesday were postponed and Wednesday's game will be played in a closed stadium. The series scheduled to take place this weekend at Camden Yards has been moved to Tampa Bay.
- Dan Gartland