Maryland governor lifts Baltimore state of emergency

Maryland governor lifts 10-day state of emergency on Baltimore as city mayor asks federal government to investigate police

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan lifted the state of emergency on Baltimore on Wednesday.

State of emergency was ordered on April 27, following the violent protests after the funeral of a  25-year-old black man, Freddie Gray, who died of spinal injuries he suffered while in police custody.

“Tensions still remain high. It's calmed down, but it's still right beneath the surface," Hogan said, urging caution while making the announcement.

The governor had already started to pull the National Guard and state police off city on Sunday when Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake lifted the curfew in the city which was imposed since Tuesday in nights.

The announcement came in the same day as Baltimore mayor called on Justice Department to investigate city police for possible abuse and discriminatory practices.  

“We all know that Baltimore continues to have a fractured relationship between the police and the community,” the mayor said and promised to reform the police department.

The Justice Department said they have received the Baltimore mayor’s request and considering an investigation.

In a similar case, the Justice Department investigated the practices of police in Ferguson after fatal shooting of black teenager Michael Brown while unarmed in last August.

“Ferguson’s police and municipal court practices both reflect and exacerbate existing racial bias, including racial stereotypes,” the US Department of Justice report said in March after examining the working of law enforcement officials in Ferguson, Missouri.

State attorney Marilyn Mosby filed criminal charges, including murder and manslaughter, against six police officers involved in the case last Friday.

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