BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has issued a statement on the reasons she decided to call in the National Guard.

In a statement, she says: “I was born in Baltimore; I grew up in Baltimore; I raise my daughter here in Baltimore. I have spent my entire career whether as a public defender, a City Councilwoman, or as Mayor fighting to make my city a stronger place. When you see your home on fire and the people you grew up with suffering, you do not hesitate to ask for help.

So let me be very clear: when it was time to make the decision to call in the National Guard, I did so without delay and without equivocation.I have no interest in politicizing this crisis. We have too much to do.

The people of Baltimore deserve order for our home and justice for Freddie Gray. To do this, we have to work together as we continue the journey towards healing our city.”

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