In an interview with Time Magazine’s Josh Sanburn, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake addressed some of the criticism surrounding her handling of the #BaltimoreUprising. Specifically the comments made by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan regarding what he called and others have called a slow response to an escalating situation.
In response to her critics, Rawlings-Blake states “I’m not green to these types of issues. I’ve been mayor for five years. I’ve led a city. And directed a police department. I know how to use resources. We’ve done it and we responded to protests,” she said Tuesday evening, hours before police began enforcing the first night of a week-long 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew. “I’m comfortable with how we’ve responded in very, very challenging times.”
More specifically, Rawlings-Blake responds to why she delayed calling in the National Guard as the uprising began. “When we are in the midst of dealing with an issue, you have to be very judicious about the use of the National Guard. They’re viewed by the community as a sign of militarization. They’re viewed by many as a sign of escalation of an incident.”
Rawlings-Blake also defended her handling of the uprising on Good Morning America with Robin Roberts.