Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake condemned the “thugs” who are “destroying” the city of Baltimore at a Monday night press conference. The mayor also announced the establishment of a one-week curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
“What we see tonight that is going on in our city is very disturbing,” Rawlings-Blake said, drawing a distinction between the peaceful protesters and the violent looters who smashed police cars and set fire to convenience stores. “Too many people have spend generations building up this city for it to be destroyed by thugs who, in a very senseless way, are trying to tear down what so many have fought for.”
Rawlings-Blake said she has been working closely with Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, who agreed to activate the National Guard. In addition, the mayor ordered a city-wide curfew starting on Tuesday for 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. She said it will be in place for one week, and will be extended if necessary.
Rawlings-Blake came under fire for comments she made over the weekend that some say encouraged violent protests. She clarified her remarks in a Monday afternoon tweet, but CNN law enforcement analyst Tom Fuentes called on Rawlings-Blake to further explain her “absurd” comments.
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