The city of Baltimore has devolved into rioting and chaos as protests over the death of Freddie Gray continue to erupt. Government at all levels, local, state, and federal, are responding to the protests.
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has been visible in her city’s response. However, she did create a brief controversy when she seemed to say that violent protesters should be given their own space. She later said that her words were twisted and attempted to clarify, despite the video showing her faux pas.
After remaining largely silent on the matter, Governor Larry Hogan (R-MD) has become more involved. He criticized the looting and arson taking place in the city and has now called in the National Guard at the request of the city government. He has also cancelled all of his public events for tomorrow to monitor the situation.
Finally, new Attorney General Loretta Lynch has been watching the events unfold. Today is her first day on the job and she is not getting an easy start. She said she is monitoring the protests and called on protesters to remain peaceful. “As our investigative process continues, I strongly urge every member of the Baltimore community to adhere to the principles of nonviolence,” she said.
Attorney General Lynch also briefed President Obama on the events as part of a previously scheduled meeting. President Obama had spoken with Rawlings-Blake and said reminded her of his administration’s “commitment to provide assistance as needed.” This comes via a description of the call from the White House.