( 4UMF NEWS ) Mayor Defends How She Handled Riots:
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Wednesday defended her handling of the riots and looting that broke out in her city, denying a report that she told cops to “stand down” and let protesters vent their rage.
Rawlings-Blake, 45, said state officials were involved in decisions from the beginning — and mocked Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s charges that he didn’t get calls back from her as the riots unfolded Monday afternoon after the funeral for Freddie Gray, a black man who died in police custody.
“When he has people right there in the [emergency operations] center with us, the notion that he didn’t get a call back from me directly . . . that’s absurd,” the Democratic mayor said as tensions eased in the city.
A senior law-enforcement source told Fox News the mayor had ordered her officers to stand down as the rioters torched buildings and cars and looted stores.
Asked if she was responsible for the order, the source said, “You are God damn right [she] was.”
Later, when asked by Fox News if there was a “hold back” order to police, Rawlings-Blake said, “No . . . you have to understand, it’s not holding back. It’s responding appropriately.”
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