Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has now lifted the state of emergency in Baltimore. Over the past two weeks, riots have been incited by the alleged police brutality while arresting Freddie Gray, who died from a spinal cord injury. On Sunday, May 3, 2015, Hogan attended a Catholic church mass as a, “day of prayer and peace,” that he had declared amidst the tense second week of violence, riots, and looting following Gray’s death.
On Monday, Hogan declared a state of emergency in Baltimore, deploying 5,000 National Guard and law enforcement personnel into the heart of the city. According to reports, the governor had the order drafted on Saturday when the situation became more intense.
Hogan has only held the position of governor for three months. At a press conference on Tuesday Hogan said, “This is not the Baltimore we know and love.” He says his mission is now to rebuild the city of Baltimore.
By Alex Lemieux
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