Maryland Governor Larry Hogan activated the Maryland National Guard yesterday as he called for a State of Emergency for the City of Baltimore following a number of violent riots with protestors and police in the wake of the funeral for Freddie Gray. Gray was the 24 year old black man who was killed while in police custody. The Mayor of Baltimore Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, also called for a curfew in the City of 7:00 AM to 5:00PM for the rest of the week. She also decried the actions of “thugs” who were drawing attention away from peaceful protests. Maryland Governor Calls for State of Emergency
The curfew and the state of emergency were called when riots broke out following the funeral. At least a dozen police officers were injured from thrown rocks and debris. A number of police vehicles were burned as well as numerous Baltimore properties including a CVS Drug Store and a Baltimore Community Center. The violence quickly got out hand and Baltimore Officials had no choice but to essentially shut down the city to protect lives and property.
The investigation into Freddie Gray’s death is still ongoing and six Baltimore police officers are currently on leave with pay will Gray’s death is reviewed. A grand jury has not yet been convened and their is no word yet what the next steps in the investigation will be or when an announcement will be released as to the status of the police officers. Brad will just wait and see how it all unfolds.