On Thursday night, thousands of Americans took to the streets to protest the killing of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who died of severe spinal injuries on April 19, a week after he was arrested and detained by Baltimore police.
Scuffles between police and protesters broke out in Baltimore, Philadelphia and Cincinnati. Several protesters were reportedly injured.
Protests in Seattle, Washington; Portland, Oregon; and Oakland, California, are scheduled for Friday, which is also May Day, or International Workers Day.
Earlier, demonstrators defied a night-time curfew for the third straight night in Baltimore. Several protesters were arrested.
The majority black city has been the site of daily demonstrations since Gray’s death on April 19, as tensions simmer over police brutality and discrimination against African Americans.
Baltimore’s Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Thursday the citywide curfew would remain in place after protests turned violent over the death of Gray.
The demonstrators accuse police of racial profiling and are demanding justice for Gray.
An initial police report about investigations into the death of Gray has revealed that officers transporting him made an undisclosed stop while en route to the station. That could have possibly caused his fatal injury.
Protests have spread beyond Baltimore, Maryland. Rallies were held in New York, Massachusetts, Colorado, Washington, and California on Wednesday.
At least 150 people have been arrested in the latest demonstrations with more than 120 arrests reported in New York City.
Police have said Gray was arrested after he made eye contact with officers and ran away. Officers pushed Gray to the ground, handcuffed him and placed him into a police van.
But so far authorities have not offered a clear explanation as to how the young man sustained a fatal spine injury that led to his death a week after he was arrested.