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Body Found Near Baltimore Protests

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BALTIMORE, Md. (AP)-

11:30 p.m.

Baltimore police say they are investigating the suspicious death of a man whose body was found in a tractor-trailer cab parked less than a block from the scene of nightly protests over Freddie Gray's death.

Spokesman Sgt. Jarron Jackson said late Thursday that police do not believe the death is connected to the protests.

Jackson said a man's body was found Thursday night inside the truck's cab

There was no trailer with the cab, which has the name Earl L. Henderson Trucking Co. Salem, Illinois. The truck is parked in front of a Baltimore social services building, less than a block from where many of the protests have taken place.

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10:30 p.m.

On the third night of the curfew there was mostly media on the street but a few people could also be seen near the now-condemned CVS store that was burned down during a riot earlier this week.

Police on Thursday again allowed several minutes to pass before suiting up in riot gear and moving the media and protesters out of the intersection. A volunteer on a bullhorn could also be heard telling people to go home.

One man was placed into handcuffs after walking up to the police line and yelling at the officers for several minutes.

The curfew was put into place earlier this week after protests calling for justice in the death of Freddie Gray turned violent. Gray died from injuries he received while in police custody.

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9:55 p.m.

Baltimore Police spokesman Capt. Eric Kowalczyk says there are still groups protesting but they are all peaceful. The northwest District is on tactical alert; that means police are only taking priority one and two calls.

He says the department is asking people to use a non emergency online system instead of calling 911 over the weekend unless there is a true emergency.

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9:30 p.m.

An attorney in the Baltimore Office of the Public Defender has become a Facebook and media sensation after her post describing conditions in a holding cell earlier this week following the arrests of more than 200 people who were protesting the police-custody death of Freddie Gray.

The 1,242-word post by Marci Tarrant Johnson had been shared nearly 17,000 times as of Thursday evening.

Johnson said, "I really felt that this was exceptional and people should know what was going on."

Johnson described one holding cell where women were told not to drink the water because it was "bad." There were 15 women crowded into the cell with no room for them to lie down.

Johnson also said some of the woman in the cell weren't sure they had even broken the law, but instead were caught up in a police sweep that landed them in jail.

On Thursday, authorities released 101 people from jail without charges being filed.

Officials with the Maryland courts didn't immediately return phone calls and email seeking comment.

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8:50 p.m.

A coalition of media organizations, including The Associated Press, is seeking the release of more information about the death of Freddie Gray from the Baltimore Police Department. The other media seeking the records are The Baltimore Sun, Bloomberg, BuzzFeed, NPR, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and WBAL-AM, WBAL-TV and WJZ-TV in Baltimore.

An attorney for the group sent a letter Thursday evening to the department, arguing for the release of reports, documents and other materials about the case. In particular, the organizations sought the immediate release of the police department's report to State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby as information that would serve the public interest.

The letter said, "This is a matter for which no review should be required because there is enormous public interest in and an expectation of transparency with regard to this matter, and release of the document would therefore only serve the public interest."

Capt. Eric Kowalczyk, a department spokesman, said the matter was in the hands of the agency's legal affairs department. He also said the department is processing requests for information as quickly as possible.

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8:15 p.m.

A small group of protesters in Philadelphia clashed with police as they tried to block the entrance to a major interstate.

According to local media the rally had been peaceful for the past three hours but as the crowd tried to enter Interstate 95, police held the line, and a scuffle followed. It's not known if any arrests were made.

Protests have broken out in other cities including New York and Ferguson over the death of Freddie Gray who died of injuries while in police custody.

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7 p.m.

Baltimore's police Commissioner Anthony Batts says a nighttime curfew for the city will remain in effect through the weekend.

Batts did not say when the curfew would be lifted. He says authorities are expecting large marches this weekend.

The city has been on edge since the police-custody death of Freddie Gray, and the riots on the day of his funeral.

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6:20 p.m.

Among the hundreds marching in Baltimore in support of Freddie Gray was NBA star Carmelo Anthony, who moved to the city as a child.

"We're being heard. We've just got to be careful to do it the right way. We can't become violent ... we've got to be patient," said Anthony, the New York Knicks start who was born in Brooklyn.

Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh, his players and former star linebacker Ray Lewis visited two Baltimore schools Thursday to help urge calm.

Violence escalated Monday after the funeral of Freddie Gray, who died of injuries while in police custody.

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6 p.m.

Several hundred people gathered at City Hall in Philadelphia to protest Freddie Gray's police-custody death in Baltimore and raise concerns about police in their own city.

Chants of "No justice, no peace," and "Black lives matter" filled Dilworth Plaza late Thursday afternoon as news helicopters hover overhead. Several dozen uniformed police officers stood guard while plainclothes officers patrolled nearby.

Damon Johnson, a veteran and former city employee, spoke about spending priorities.

"Why would you cut after-school programs and build a juvenile jail?" he asked the crowd.

The event in Philadelphia follows days of unrest in Baltimore after Gray's death. He died from a spinal injury a week after his April 12 arrest.

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5 p.m.

Dozens of protesters are marching through downtown Baltimore, hours after police said they had turned over their investigative findings to a prosecutor.

The demonstrators are angry over the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who died after suffering critical injuries in police custody.

The prosecutor will decide whether to pursue charges against the six officers involved in Gray's arrest. In a statement, she called on the city to be patient and peaceful.

On Monday night, protesters rioted, looting stores and injuring officers.

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4:30 p.m.

Some activists and elected officials are criticizing the New York Police Department's handling of protests over the death of Freddie Gray, who was critically injured in police custody.

The critics say the NYPD was overly aggressive and at times violent.

Police Commissioner William Bratton said 143 people were arrested Wednesday night during a rally and march over the death of Freddie Gray, who suffered a severe spinal injury in the custody of Baltimore police. He later died.

Bratton said police would be "more assertive" than during December protests in the wake of the Eric Garner grand jury decision.

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3:40 p.m.

A camera outside a small grocery store apparently recorded a previously unknown stop that happened while Freddie Gray was inside a prison van.

The store owner, who speaks Korean, told The Associated Press that two police officers visited his store during the week of April 20 and later made a copy of the surveillance video.

Jung Hyun Hwang says he did not review the video with police and he didn't know what was on it. He says his original recording was on a laptop that was stolen during the riots and looting Monday night.

Police revealed Thursday that they had learned about the stop. Previously, police had said the van stopped only three times, including to put leg cuffs on Gray and to pick up another prisoner.

Gray was critically injured during his arrest and died a week later. Police have not explained his spinal injury.

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3 p.m.

Baltimore police say more than half of the people detained during Monday's riots have been released without charges.

Capt. Eric Kowalczyk (koh-WAHL'-chek) says 201 people were arrested during the riots and 106 of them were subsequently released after 48 hours because specific charges couldn't be filed.

He says police are reviewing surveillance footage and expect to charge many of those people once their identities have been confirmed.

Earlier Thursday, police delivered a report to city prosecutors detailing evidence in the death of Freddie Gray in custody. Prosecutors are examining the evidence and conducting their own investigation to determine what charges are appropriate. Six officers involved in Gray's arrest have been suspended.

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2:45 p.m.

Baltimore police say nearly 100 officers have been hurt since violence broke out in the city on Monday.

Capt. Eric Kowalczyk (koh-WAHL'-chek) says more than 40 officers required some sort of treatment at the hospital. Protesters have been throwing bricks, bottles and other items at officers trying to contain demonstrations.

People in the city are upset over the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who suffered critical injuries while he was in police custody.

Police say nearly a dozen people were arrested last night after curfew.

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2:15 p.m.

The mayor of Baltimore says in an emotional speech that the city will get justice for Freddie Gray, the black man who died after suffering critical injuries while in police custody.

"If, with the nation watching, three black women at three different levels can't get justice and healing for this community, you tell me where we're going to get it in our country," Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Thursday, referring to herself, the prosecutor investigating the case and newly sworn in Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

Lynch oversees the Justice Department, which is also investigating Gray's death.

The mayor says she tried to reform the police department even before Gray's death and the agency has made improvements, lowering the number of police shootings and excessive force complaints.

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1:10 p.m.

The prosecutor who is handling the case of Freddie Gray is asking the public to remain patient and peaceful as she conducts an investigation.

State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby said in a statement Thursday that she has received the investigative file from police, and her office has also been conducting its own independent investigation.

Mosby will decide whether any charges are warranted for six officers who were involved in the arrest and transport of Gray. The officers have been suspended with pay.

Gray, who is black, died after suffering critical injuries while in police custody.

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11:50 a.m.

Baltimore police say their investigation into the death of Freddie Gray has revealed a new stop the police van made while transporting Gray.

Deputy Commissioner Kevin Davis said the stop was previously unknown to investigators. It was one of four stops the wagon made after Gray was put inside.

Before Gray was put in the van, he asked officers for an inhaler, but didn't get one. At the first stop, Gray was put in leg cuffs because police said he had become irate. The second stop - which was only revealed Thursday - was discovered by a privately owned camera.

Police did not say whether anything happened during the stop or why it was made. Online maps show the street corner appears to be deserted with three vacant lots and a store nearby.

The van stopped a third time, and the driver asked for an additional unit to check on Gray. At a fourth stop, the wagon picks up an additional prisoner.

Gray suffered a critical spinal injury at some point during his arrest and died a week later.

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11:10 a.m.

Baltimore police say they have turned over their criminal investigation to a prosecutor who will decide whether charges are warranted in the death of Freddie Gray.

Gray suffered a mysterious spinal injury while he was in the custody of officers. The prosecutor has not given a timeline for when she will decide on whether to charge the six officers who have been suspended during the investigation of Gray's death.

Gray was arrested April 12 after he made eye contact with officers and ran. After a chase, officers pinned him down and handcuffed him. They loaded him into a van and put leg cuffs on him when officers said he became "irate" in the wagon.

Police said Thursday they discovered a new stop the van made with Gray in it, but they did not say what happened.

Gray was eventually taken to a hospital. He died a week later.

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10:30 a.m.

The Rev. Al Sharpton and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake are scheduled to lead a summit on improving relations between police and the community after the death of a black man who was in police custody.

Among those joining Thursday's meeting will be NAACP President Cornell William Brooks and National Urban League President Marc Morial. The meeting is to be held at New Shiloh Baptist Church, where the funeral for Freddie Gray was held Monday.

Gray died from a spinal injury a week after his April 12 arrest. Hours later, violence erupted in the streets near the church. Local clergymen gathered at New Shiloh that evening and staged an impromptu march through the streets to bring calm. Those same clergymen are expected to attend the summit.

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10:25 a.m.

Police in Ferguson, Missouri, are investigating burglaries of a discount store and a cellphone business near where protesters took to the streets for a second night.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1JCb12T ) says Wednesday night's break-ins at a Family Dollar store and STL Cordless took place a night after looting, fires and gunfire broke out during demonstrations in the St. Louis suburb.

Several dozen people marched down Ferguson's West Florissant Avenue on Wednesday night to protest the recent death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray while he was in Baltimore police custody.

The demonstrators also referenced last summer's fatal shooting by a white Ferguson police officer of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was black and unarmed. Brown's death sparked months of sometimes violent protests in the area.

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5:30 a.m.

A nighttime curfew for Baltimore that began at 10 p.m. Wednesday ended Thursday at 5 a.m. with no major disturbances reported.

It was the second night of the curfew, which was put in place after riots Monday over the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who died from injuries he received while in police custody.

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11 p.m.

Protesters have returned to Ferguson a day after looting, fires and gunfire broke out during demonstrations over the death of a black man who died of spinal injuries after his arrest by Baltimore police.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports several dozen people marched down West Florissant Avenue in the St. Louis suburb Wednesday night protesting the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray.

That same area was the site of numerous protests after the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was black and unarmed, by a white Ferguson police officer in August.

A Ferguson Police Department spokesman says three people were shot during protests Tuesday night and four police cars were damaged by rocks and chunks of asphalt thrown by demonstrators.

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Several hundred people have gathered in New York to protest the death of Freddie Gray, a Baltimore man who was critically injured in police custody, and at least 60 people have been arrested.

Protesters Wednesday first rallied in Manhattan's Union Square, where they chanted "no justice, no peace" and "hands up, don't shoot," a reference to the police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, last year. Police officers stood and watched.

A police helicopter hovered overhead, and a police loudspeaker warned the protesters that they would be arrested if they marched in the street.

A group of protesters spilled into the street and disrupted traffic. Dozens of police officers moved in with plastic handcuffs and began making arrests while officers with batons pushed the crowd back onto the sidewalk.

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