BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Gov. Larry Hogan thanked Baltimore city leaders and demonstrators for their efforts to keep gatherings this weekend peaceful for the most part.

He showed his thanks to Mayor Jack Young, Police Commissioner Michael Harrison, city and state police, and “the vast majority” of demonstrators’ efforts to keep the gatherings “safe and respectful,”

He added that he wanted to stress the importance of reducing the risk of spreading COVID-19 while protestors peacefully expressed their First Amendment rights.

Earlier in the day, dozens of vehicles took part in a car caravan protest, which began in the city’s Station North neighborhood. Some stood holding signs reading “No justice, no peace, no racist police” and #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd.”

Demonstrators gathered at City Hall later in the day, and most remained peaceful.

Video also captured a bottle being thrown in the direction of police outside City Hall, and a Baltimore Police car that had its rear windshield and rear passenger window smashed out earlier in the day.

WJZ Investigator Mike Hellgren reported that police arrived in riot gear around 9:30 p.m. after people set off fireworks outside City Hall and were seen standing on top of city-owned vans that were spray-painted with graffiti.

Protestors remained outside City Hall into the late hours of Saturday night, and there have been reports of several arrests made.

During a press conference Saturday, Mayor Jack Young urged people to protest peacefully.

“We will protect your right for peaceful protests,” Young said. “But I have zero tolerance for anything that approaches chaos and law-breaking.”

“I can’t have our city turned to chaos,” Mayor Young added. “We will not let outside influencers come into the City of Baltimore and create chaos.”

Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said the department is helping citizens exercise their First Amendment rights. He added that they are in a constant state of planning and in contact with Maryland State Police.

In an appearance on CNN’s State of the Union, Gov. Larry Hogan said in 2015, when the Freddie Gray protests and riots occurred, the state acted “really decisively,” and sent in the National Guard and extra police presence to allow Baltimore residents to protest peacefully- a type of protesting that he thinks the country is seeing in many cities across America.

Read the latest coverage of the George Floyd protests in Minneapolis from WCCO-TV | CBS Minnesota.

Annie Rose Ramos

Comments (9)
  1. Private Guest says:

    Guess you all spoke too soon! Encourage them and they will come!

  2. bubba1313 says:

    Nothing left to loot in Baltimore.

  3. Baltimore has very few Angry white Antifa people. The whites are causing the most problems.

  4. P says:

    Hard for the white nationalist to blend in and cause trouble..

  5. down with t'rump says:

    They found out those so called Antifa calls to violence were really posted by an account owned by a white supremacist group (Twitter since shut down) It was not Antifa. White supremacists and fascists are Trump’s people- gosh and I always thought fascists were the bad guys? Not in Trumpland

    1. says:

      Notice how the mainstream media is quick to publish police blotter photos and the identities of white nationalists that are justifiably arrested for their stupid and criminal acts? Have you ever seen any police blotter photos or identities of Antifa members in mainstream media. Hundred of Antifa members arrested nationwide over the last few years, but no coverage. Why are they protecting a group whose goal is the overthrow of America?

  6. L2000 says:

    “Antifa” is fascist. Regardless of their name, their tactics are exactly those used by the fascist in the early 1900s.

  7. Troy Jones says:

    Or maybe they realize the destruction didn’t result in any good coming from Freddie Gray’s unwilling sacrifice. Violence begot from Violence is just more poison.

  8. Katy Benjamin says:

    So much for Antifa!

    And kudos to both our Republican governor, our Democratic mayor, and MOST OF ALL to all our BRAVE CITIZENS out there marching for the rights and freedom for our black and brown brothers and sisters!

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