Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) closed down his temporary office in Baltimore on Monday and returned to the State House in Annapolis, as National Guard soldiers and police units called in last week to help quell violence continued to move out of the city.
The departures were another sign of normalcy returning to Baltimore a week after riots erupted following the funeral of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old man who died after being injured while in police custody.
Hogan’s spokesman said the governor’s staff monitored reports on Monday afternoon of a police-involved shooting in West Baltimore, but the reports proved false and the situation stayed calm.
The governor moved himself and his cabinet to state office space in Baltimore last Tuesday, after declaring a state of emergency Monday night in response to the riots and activating the National Guard.
On Sunday, after attending church in Baltimore, Hogan declared “the city is safe” and said he agreed with a decision by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (D) to lift a 10 p.m. curfew.
Doug Mayer, a spokesman for Hogan, said the governor will rescind the state of emergency after the last guardsman pulls out of the city. The process will likely take a couple of days, Mayer said.
He said the governor continues to monitor the situation in Baltimore.
“We’re working in Annapolis now,” Mayer said. “But that doesn’t mean that we’re not still in contact with city police.”
Hogan spent Monday in a host of meetings, including two security briefings, a session with his Cabinet and a brief sitdown with the U.S. ambassador to Korea.
Hogan initially deployed 1,500 National Guard soldiers to Baltimore last week, but increased the number of troops to 3,000 as protests continued.
Prior to Gray’s funeral, Hogan sent 500 Maryland state troopers to assist city police in dealing with demonstrations to protest Gray’s treatment by police and his death.
After the state of emergency was declared, hundreds of other officers came from across the state and around the region, including from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and the District.
Hogan spent much of the last week visiting business owners and residents in West Baltimore, including the neighborhood where Gray lived, and moving back and forth between state offices in Baltimore and the Emergency Management Agency in nearby Reisterstown, in Baltimore County.