Maryland governor describes lasting toll of riots on Baltimore even as National Guard troops start to leave


Larry Hogan

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Gov. Larry Hogan, R-Md., meets with volunteers cleaning up after an evening of riots following the funeral of Freddie Gray on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, in Baltimore.

Over 200 businesses, many of which were minority-owned, were destroyed during Monday night's riots in Baltimore, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan told reporters on Sunday.


The riots that broke out Monday over 25-year-old Freddie Gray's death from an injury sustained in police custody cost hundreds of millions of dollars. Business owners whose buildings weren't destroyed lost a week of business. Others lost their homes.

But there are signs that things are returning to normal in Baltimore, as the city lifted its curfew on Sunday and the National Guard began drawing down its troops that day, too.

"This is the first moment of peace I've had in a week," Hogan said.

Gray, who was black, suffered a fatal spinal cord injury last month after being arrested for supposedly having a switchblade. Maryland state's attorney Marilyn Mosby later said Gray was in fact carrying a perfectly legal knife and never should have been arrested in the first place.


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