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New Report: Baltimore mayor ordered police to stand down as buildings burned, officers assaulted

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Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, back right, listens as Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., speaks in front of faith and community leaders at a news conference calling for peace in response to a Freddie Gray protest that turned violent, Sunday, April 26, 2015, at the Bethel AME Church in Baltimore. Gray died from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a police van. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, back right, listens as Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., speaks in front of faith and community leaders at a news conference calling for peace in response to a Freddie Gray protest that turned violent, Sunday, April 26, 2015, at the Bethel AME Church in Baltimore. Gray died from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a police van. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)


A report cited by The Daily Mail claims Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake gave the command for police officers to stand down as rioters and looters overran the city.

A senior law enforcement source stated that the mayor told her officers to do nothing as the riots began, bringing forth the question if they could have been prevented from starting. When asked if the mayor was the one who issued the order the source replied, “You are God damn right it was.”

An injured police officer is carried away by his fellow officers Monday, April 27, 2015, in Baltimore. Rioters plunged part of Baltimore, torching a pharmacy, setting police cars ablaze and throwing bricks at officers. (Erica Green/The Baltimore Sun via AP)
An injured police officer is carried away by his fellow officers Monday, April 27, 2015, in Baltimore. Rioters plunged part of Baltimore, torching a pharmacy, setting police cars ablaze and throwing bricks at officers. (Erica Green/The Baltimore Sun via AP)

The mayor continues to deny she issued the order as Baltimore slowly begins to return to a relative calm state with schools reopening and people returning to work.

“You have to understand, it is not holding back. It is responding appropriately,” Mayor Blake said in an interview with Fox News’ Bill Hemmer as she continued to deny allegations against her.

A man carries items from a store as police vehicles burn, Monday, April 27, 2015, after the funeral of Freddie Gray in Baltimore. Gray died from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a Baltimore Police Department van. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
A man carries items from a store as police vehicles burn, Monday, April 27, 2015, after the funeral of Freddie Gray in Baltimore.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The mayor is also being accused for waiting too long to declare an emergency and request the National Guard. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan claims he didn’t use his executive authority and send in the troops because “We didn’t think it was appropriate to come in and take over the city without the request of the mayor.”

The governor continued to say that as soon as the mayor contacted him “it was about 30 seconds before we completely activated all of the resources that we had to bear.”

Smoke billows from a CVS Pharmacy store in  Baltimore on Monday, April 27, 2015. Demonstrators clashed with police after the funeral of Freddie Gray. Gray died from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a Baltimore Police Department van. (AP Photo/Juliet Linderman)
Smoke billows from a CVS Pharmacy store in Baltimore on Monday, April 27, 2015. Demonstrators clashed with police after the funeral of Freddie Gray. (AP Photo/Juliet Linderman)

Rawlings-Blake dismissed the statement by saying, “We responded very quickly to a very difficult situation. It’s understandable to armchair quarterback and second-guess, but there is a very delicate balancing act that you have to do in order to respond but not over-respond.”

A curfew was set on the city and it was enforced with the help of 3,000 additional police officers and National Guardsmen. Between Monday and Tuesday the damage to the city included:

  • 245 people arrested, 34 of which were juveniles
  • 19 buildings set on fire
  • 21 police officers injured
  • 144 vehicles burned

Tensions remain high in the city as the leaders try to return things to normal.

“While things are way better than they are it’s not over yet,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “We still have concerns of possible unrest.”

Governor Hogan, along with Mayor Rawlings-Blake and other officials have been making appearances throughout the day, making promises to restore balance and pride back to their city

 

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