Things could be returning to normal in Baltimore: After a night of relatively peaceful protests, the city lifted its curfew, the National Guard is preparing its exit and a mall that had been a flashpoint in the riots has been reopened.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said in a statement that her “goal has always been to not have the curfew in place a single day longer than was necessary.”
The mayor spoke following a tour of Mondawmin Mall, which reopened Sunday after recovering from rioting that police said was spawned by social media rumors of a “purge” following Freddie Gray’s death.
Because of the improving conditions in the city, she said, the National Guard will be wrapping up its operations, but don’t expect the troops to leave immediately.
“It’s not like you flip a switch,” she said. “They have to unwind their operations, and they’re going to do that over this next week.”
Asked if she thought it was premature to send the military home, she replied, “It will either be too long or too early. You’ll let me know afterward.”