Baltimore Mayor Spoke With Obama In Afternoon ➠ Then Waited Hours To Call In The National Guard
The Baltimore “protest” mob was back on the streets after the funeral of Freddie Gray.
The rioters hurled rocks and bricks at police in a mid afternoon riot.
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake spoke with President Obama by phone on Monday afternoon as the situation exploded.
The rioting started in West Baltimore on Monday afternoon – within a mile of where Freddie Gray was arrested and placed into a police van earlier this month – had by midnight spread to East Baltimore and neighborhoods close to downtown and near the baseball stadium.
National Guard troops hit the streets of Baltimore early Tuesday morning after stores were looted and police officers were severely wounded.
The Governor of Maryland waited all afternoon for a call from Mayor Rawlings Blake to call in the guard.
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was asked why she waited hours to ask the governor to declare a state of emergency, while the governor himself hinted she should have come to him earlier.
“We were all in the command center in the second floor of the State House in constant communication, and we were trying to get in touch with the mayor for quite some time,” Gov. Larry Hogan told a Monday evening news conference. “She finally made that call, and we immediately took action.”
The National Guard was called in after 15 businesses were torched, dozens of arrests and over 15 police officers injured.