Ravens cancel NFL draft party amid Baltimore protests

Tuesday April 28th, 2015

The Baltimore Ravens announced Tuesday the cancelation of their NFL draft party planned for Thursday, saying the move was "out of respect to the curfew in Baltimore."

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Monday that a weeklong, city-wide curfew would be implemented from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Peaceful protests over the April 19 death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, one week after his arrest by police, turned violent on Monday as rioting, looting and arson broke out in the streets. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard "to address the growing violence and unrest in Baltimore City."

The Ravens' draft party was scheduled for Thursday at M&T Bank Stadium, from 7 to 11 p.m. ET. The team said fans who already purchased tickets will receive automatic refunds via the method of payment used for purchase.

The Ravens also announced the postponement of an outlet sale  the team store scheduled for Saturday.

- Mike Fiammetta

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