Mayor wanted Baltimore curfew lifted early; governor disagreed

Governor Hogan was "adamantly" against lifting curfew early, new emails show

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake wanted to lift the curfew put in place after rioting broke out in Baltimore, but faced opposition from Gov. Larry Hogan, according to an email released Monday.

In the emails between mayoral chief of staff Kaliope Parthemos and the leader of a downtown business group, Parthemos says the mayor wanted the curfew lifted on Saturday, May 2.

Hogan "was adamantly [against] it," Parthemos wrote, according to an email obtained by The Baltimore Sun in a public records request. The city released thousands of emails on Monday.

"Mayor will lift tomorrow [Sunday] after security briefing tomorrow if intel indicates all is good ... " Parthemos wrote in a late-night email. "She wanted to tonight but for security reasons could not. Was long discussion with city police and state partners."

The curfew, which barred people from being on city streets between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., was ultimately lifted on Sunday.

The unrest was sparked by the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray in police custody. After the riots, the city remained tense for days, with National Guard troops deployed and legions of police officers standing by in case the following weekend's demonstrations turned violent. But once Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced charges against six police officers involved in Gray's arrest and transport, the tension dissipated.

The officers have pleaded not guilty; a trial is scheduled for October.

Doug Mayer, a spokesman for Hogan, confirmed that the account in Parthemos' email was accurate.

"Throughout the unrest Governor Hogan's main priority was the safety of the citizens of Baltimore," Mayer said. "The curfew had proven effective and the governor saw no reason to lift it prematurely."

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