- Associated Press - Monday, May 11, 2015

BALTIMORE (AP) - Public defenders are challenging the Baltimore mayor’s authority to impose a citywide curfew after last month’s riots stemming from the death of Freddie Gray.

In a filing Monday in Maryland District Court, the deputy city public defender says Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake overstepped her authority in ordering a citywide, 10 p.m. curfew for all residents April 27.

Natalie Finegar says only the governor could have ordered a curfew when he declared a state of emergency that day.

The curfew was in effect for five days. Finegar says dozens were charged with violating it.

The Baltimore Sun reports that city prosecutors are dropping the charge in cases where a curfew violation was the only offense.

The prosecutor’s office didn’t immediately respond to phone calls and emails from The Associated Press.

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