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nouns noubs this is "nightline." tonight we're on the ground in baltimore on the first night of a government enforced curfew. >> tension between police and protestors after the death of freddie gray. moments of peace can turn into violence in seconds. how business owners and residents are struggling to cope with chaos in the streets. finally free. these three women lived through a nightmare together held captive by their tore meanter for a decade. now they're sharing their story of resilience and strength in an exclusive interview, revealing what life was life after being kidnapped.
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but first, "nightline 5." number
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good evening. thank you for joining us. once again tonight across the country, all eyes are focused
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here in baltimore. now with unrest as the city begins its first night of curfew after violent clashes between police and protestors. in the wake of the funeral of freddie gray we've seen looting and fires police cars being targeted and injuries on both sides as residents demand justice and peace. tonight's city wide curfew did not start quietly. police helicopters flew low over protestors urging them to go home or face arrest. that's when bottles started flying. soon officers fired what police call pepper balls to disperse the crowd. nearly 2,000 national guard troops are here and line the streets in what a still is state of emergency. tensions are still simmering. one moment peaceful
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demonstrations sweet sounds of "amazing grace." then without warning -- a scream push confusion. police in riot gear using pepper spray. >> something happened causing the crowd to react and start throwing debris. what happened? >> turns out authorities say they were attempting to break up what they thought was a fight. spectators mistook that as aggression. >> it looks like a fight broke out in the crowd. it's community people breaking up the two guys fighting. >> all day and into the evening, we've watched aadults many of them parents, taking a stand, taking back their neighborhood. [ bleep ]. >> i love you. i will not let you go.
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>> this mother of two, a registered nurse at johns hopkins hospital. >> when you have an overreaction it is an old reaction. >> she took the day off from work to comfort when she could, confronting when she had to. >> the father in me says to you, what are you doing these guys could hurt you? >> if my kids get hurt if that kid -- that's somebody's child. >> but there was no mistaking the lawlessness and looting. young people clashing with police, very few arrested destroying what few major businesses this community has long clamored for. watch this guy in the gas mask as he slashed the hose the
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firefighters were using. the cvs applauded for opening in this neighborhood. this senior citizen high-rise, a $16 million investment gone. by sunrise 16 police officers injured. one unresponsive rushed to the hospital. when the worst was over more than 250 people arrested including 39 juveniles. like the smell of burning buildings, a sense of sadness and disgust fell over baltimore that went to the white house. >> if our society really wanted to solve the problem, we could. it's just it would require everybody saying this is important, this is significant. >> it took a small army of local preachers and activists to help restore some calm. and one defiant mother to make cheer to her 16-year-old son not here, not now. she dragged him home after she
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caught a glimpse of him on tv causing trouble. she would later say, she's not raising her son to be a thug or the next freddie gray. and it wasn't just concerned parents. shocking shockingly, even rival gangs set aside differences for the moment now working together. >> you guys don't normally hang out together? >> no. >> why now? >> because it's a bigger cause than just our colors. the cause on the street is bigger than colors. if it's something that's happening that we need to get together, we're going to get together. >> today authorities retracted their earlier claim. >> our intention is not to kill white polices. >> we're protecting our neighborhood. >> if monday the nation saw the worst of this old american city today a different face. volunteers flooding in and cleaning up. this 24-year-old who grew up in south baltimore. >> i just wanted to see what we
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could do. >> as they sought to restore normalcy -- >> the immediate need is to restore calm and peace to the city. >> the governor activating 1,700 national guard troops who will enforce the city's 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. curfew. a show of force not seen here since the rioting that followed the assassination of dr. king in 1968. this 25-year-old taken into police custody on sunday april 12th. the arrest captured by a bystander cell phone. screaming unable to walk as officers drag him into a transport van. reportedly when he arrived at the police station a half hour later, he wasn't able to breathe, talk. medics rushed him to the hospital. a few days later he slipped into a coma. later died from a severe spinal injury. the results of the investigation
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into the death is expected friday. prosecutor will then decide whether to file charges. >> do you trust the process? >> the police part of it? absolutely not. >> bill murphy is the gray's family attorney. >> why would anybody rationale trust their process. >> the troubles here fit disturbingly into the national narrative, black men dying after encounters with the police. from eric garner walter scott in south carolina but baltimore is different. the police department is 48% black. the troubles here exacerbated by economic devastation. the city ranks tenth in the nation for income inequality with nearly a quarter living below the poverty line. in freddie gray's neighborhood more than a quarter of homes are vacant. this week's disturbance has only made the economic divide deeper. jobs lost in the neighborhood
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malls closed conventions canceled. lost revenue city wide as the orioles cancel their second home game in a row. and they take a step to play wednesday's game in an empty stadium. many residents say they are committed to healing. this clotheing tailer says he's up on baltimore. >> i have no fear. i'm just working. that's the reason why i'm here. >> for these residents -- >> baltimore has been home to me for 15 years. >> -- and so many others here this city is still their heart, still their home. peace peace and happyiness ♪ >> the violence we've all watched the past 36 hours is not unique just to baltimore, but it is uniquely personal to me.
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i grew up here. proud to say it. baltimore has and still is producing good people. it's never been easy. in these times, it's never been harder. next cleveland kidnapping victim amanda berry takes us back to the place where she was abducted on her way home from work. sharing her survival story and how she got through it. and clearer skin. this is my body of proof that i can fight psoriatic arthritis from the inside out... with humira. humira works by targeting and helping to block a specific source of inflammation that contributes to both joint and skin symptoms. it's proven to help relieve pain, stop further joint damage and clear skin in many adults. doctors have been prescribing humira for nearly 10 years. >>humira can lower your ability to fight infections, including tuberculosis. serious, sometimes fatal infections and cancers including lymphoma have happened, as have blood, liver and nervous system problems, serious allergic reactions
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you're about to meet the women who made headlines for surviving the unthinkable. a kidnapping that lasted ten years. tonight, opening up to our robin
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roberts in an exclusive interview to share what life was really like inside their house or horrors. amanda even giving birth in captivity to a daughter who would be their unlikely key to freedom. >> may 6, 2013 and the gritty heartland city of cleveland is about to witness a miracle. >> help me i'm amanda berry. i've been missing for ten years. i'm here i'm free now. >> amanda berry abducted just a day before her 17th birthday but she did not escape alone. two other young women were found at day. >> gina dejesus returns here. >> gina dejesus kidnapped at the age of 14 michelle knight never even known to be missing.
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their abductor was ariel castro. through the years of their captivity, they held onto one conviction. that their families would never give up on them. the story in their book titled "hope" begins this way. >> now we want the world to know. >> we survived. we love life. >> we were stronger than ariel castro. >> it is april 21st 2003 the day before her 17th birthday when the suv starts to follow her down the street. >> and he ask, do you need a ride home. and i said i said yes. >> the man inside is the father of her friend from middle school. >> i was like she's at my house. >> what happened when you went into the house? >> i never got back out. >> her memories of what happened next are still raw. >> he told me to pull down my
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pants. and from there, i knew like this was not going to be good. >> amanda was last seen leaving work -- >> all across the state, the news of her makes headlines. >> i said, i was going to make it home to you. >> tiny room about the size of a closet is dark and filthy. >> it was just disgusting and nasty. >> the weeks are slowly stretching into months when castro makes aymanmanda is strange promise. >> he would always tell me when he got another girl in the house, i'm just looking for another girl and then i'll take you home. >> but amanda knows he's lying to her. she's seen michelle knight
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locked into another room. she knows michelle is a prisoner too. >> it was scary because i didn't know if one day we were going to be murdered. >> amanda has been a prisoner for almost a year when castro goes on the prowl again. her name gina dejesus and she's one of her daughter's closest friends. >> he asked me if you've seen my daughter. i said she's right around the corner. he said can you help me find her. i said sure. >> he leads gina down into the basement then grabs her and begins to chain her. help was only 2 miles away at gina's parents only knew where to start. during the first few days, gina watches stories about her own kidnapping and begins to suspect she's nottro's first victim. >> i kept watching news.
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i was like did you take amanda. he was like, no why would you think that. i was like because you took me. >> one month later, he admits the truth. allowing the girls to meet. so what was your initial feeling that oh, my goodness, there's two others i'm not the only one in here he's got three of us? >> there's something wrong with this man. >> the girls were riding an emotional roller coaster when suddenly amanda drops a bombshell. >> i have a secret. a reason to fight. i think i'm pregnant. >> it is early in the morning on christmas day. 2006. and amanda berry is in labor. >> he went and got michelle and he got this baby pool because he didn't want you know, a mess on the bed. >> just hours later, the baby emerges into her surreal world.
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>> what was it like for you when you looked into her eyes for the first time? >> it was amazing because she was so quiet and she was just the most beautiful thing. >> it is a summer of 2011. the baby is almost 5 years old when in a defiant act of hope amanda creates an imaginary schoolhouse inside the prison of their tiny room. >> we would pretend leave our house. >> so you had been doing all this in the same room? >> yeah. i would tell her, okay we're at a street now, so you got to stop. then you look both ways for cars and then we can go across the street. >> though the house was a for tress and the girls for years locked and chained, the question that many may ask is why didn't they run. what do you say to those people to make them understand? >> you never know until you're in that situation, what you're
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going to do, how you're going to react. >> an may 6th 2013 amazingly, her bedroom door is unlocked. >> this is the one time your room was not locked. >> never before in ten years has that happened. >> she races downstairs. that's when an unlikely hero shows up. >> i see this girl going nuts trying to get out of the house. i go on the porch. she says help me get out. i've been here a long time. >> he kind of like started to pull on the door. but he couldn't get it open either. >> with reckless courage, amanda kicks her way to freedom and emerges. this is a cell phone image of that moment of freedom. >> she comes out with a little girl. and she says call 911, my name is amanda berry. >> help me i'm amanda berry. i've been kidnapped. >> within minutes, the police flood the street. >> the cops just kept coming. >> my partner asked her, was
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there anybody else inside. she said yes, gina dejesus and another girl. >> we found them. we found them. >> lost and finally found, the flashing lights blind their eyes accustomed only to darkness. >> once i saw that, i'm like you know this is it i think we're free now. >> for amanda gina and mi the endless nights of terror have finally come to an end. for "nightline," i'm robin cleveland. >> for more of the interview, you can go to abcnews.com. their new book "hope" is in bookstores today. we'll be right back. >> announcer: abc news "nightline" brought to you by e-trade. good.
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tomorrow night on "nightline," as one woman embarks on a mission to find the mother who gave her up for adoption over four decades ago, we're there for a new series face to face. >> it would almost be too painful for me to hope to have that hope that gosh she might be out there looking for me. >> from finding her in the pages of an old high school yearbook to the emotional phone call. >> my heart is racing. >> and then -- >> okay. this is her street. oh, my gosh. >> don't miss it tomorrow night on "nightline." thank you for watching.
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tonight here in my hometown of baltimore, the rage of a city has quieted for the moment. we'll have much more from baltimore tomorrow. as always we're online on our "nightline" facebook page. good night, america. lois: i'm so glad we're alone. i want to talk to you about debra's birthday. oh, god! is it today?! no. it's a week from saturday. oh...okay. don't do that. see, i was thinking you and i could plan a surprise party for her. a surprise party? what do you think? nyah... i don't know.
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i mean...i don't think debra would want us to go to all that trouble, you know? i was just planning something a little more low-key, you know, like--like dinner with my family. yeah. i think dinner with your family, uh has been done. i was thininking of something else-- like a real english tea party. ha ha! oh. oh, for real. uh... you know when debra was single, we would meet in the city and have tea at the rosemont. ohoh, she loved that. you know what? maybe you two should go do that, right? tea for two. no, raymond, no. listen, don't worry. you won't have to do a thing. no, hey, i'm all into helping. it's just right now, it's--it's really a bad time... with the world and everything.

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