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(BALTIMORE) — The Baltimore Police Department planned to use bullhorns to remind residents of a mandatory curfew Tuesday night after a day of riots followed Monday’s funeral of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died of a spinal injury apparently suffered in police custody.

The bullhorns were to be used starting an hour before the citywide curfew begins at 10 p.m. Tuesday night and lasts until 5 a.m. Wednesday. Police said certain exceptions would be allowed, including for going to and from work and medical emergencies.

The riots began Monday afternoon shortly after the funeral of Gray, and resulted in more than 250 arrests and injuries to at least 20 police officers Monday night into Tuesday. They began after a week of peaceful protests.

The 10 p.m. curfews are to continue for one week, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said, and could be extended, as necessary. A 9 p.m. curfew was already in effect for children 14 and younger.

Some 2,000 National Guardsmen were deployed to the city after Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency.

President Obama said Tuesday there was “no excuse” for the violence, looting and arson.

“They’re destroying and undermining businesses and opportunities in their own communities,” he said in a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Public schools in Baltimore were scheduled to reopen Wednesday after being closed Tuesday. The Baltimore Orioles and Chicago White Sox were scheduled play Wednesday, although Camden Yards was to be closed to spectators.

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