National Guard begins withdrawal from Baltimore after a week of protests

Maryland’s governor has announced the withdrawal of National Guard troops from Baltimore nearly a week after Freddie Gray’s funeral. Hours before, Baltimore’s mayor “rescinded” the city-wide curfew.

Some 3,000 National Guard troops are in the process of leaving Baltimore after Maryland’s Governor Larry Hogan announced their withdrawal.

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“We’ve already started withdrawal of the Guard. The trucks are pulling out this morning. It’s going to take a little bit of a while,” Hogan told reporters at a press briefing on Sunday.

The governnor added that 4,000 security personnel were brought into the city, including 1,000 “extra” police officers.

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“It’s not going to happen instantaneously. It’s going to take a couple of days to get everybody out. We had to build an entire city to save the city.”

Logan announced a state of emergency in Baltimore on Monday after protests turned violent, spawning riots. The National Guard quickly mobilized after the governor’s announcement with 1,700 troops arriving in the city the day after.

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