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    Maryland Governor Rescinds State of Emergency in Baltimore

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    Maryland’s Governor Larry Hogan announced that state of emergency declared on April 27 in Baltimore amid the violent protests over the death of an African-American man while in police custody has been canceled on Wednesday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) The state of emergency declared on April 27 in Baltimore amid the violent protests over the death of an African-American man while in police custody has been canceled on Wednesday, Maryland’s Governor Larry Hogan announced during a press conference.

    “As of this morning, I am pleased to report that all national guard, state police, and other police personnel and all the assets that we brought in have now been removed from the city. And I have rescinded the executive order which instituted the state of emergency,” Hogan said on Wednesday.

    The violent riots erupted in Baltimore following the funeral of 25-year-old African-American Freddie Gray, who died of spinal cord injuries sustained in a police van.

    On April 27, the rioters looted stores, injured 20 police officers, destroyed 15 buildings and set 144 cars on fire. Same day, Hogan declared a state of emergency and activated 5,000 Maryland National Guard troops to quell the riots in Baltimore as well as several thousand police officers from around the region.

    Gray’s death came after a string of mostly African-Americans killings at the hands of police over the past year, causing massive protests against police brutality and unaccountability throughout the United States.

     

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