Maryland governor calls for nonviolent protests Saturday

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BALTIMORE — Maryland’s governor is urging participants in Saturday’s protests in Baltimore to keep demonstrations peaceful and nonviolent.

The city has been shaken by protests — including some that turned violent — since the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray last month. Gray died after being injured while in police custody.

Gov. Larry Hogan says he hopes to see the continuation of the four days of calm in the city that followed Monday’s violence.

Hogan said in a statement that the “right to demonstrate is a fundamental part of our society, but damaging property or putting innocent bystanders in danger will not be tolerated.”

Hogan thanked the Maryland National Guard, the Maryland State Police and local police from outside Baltimore for helping to keep the peace.

The six Baltimore police officers charged in Freddie Gray’s death are scheduled to appear in court at the end of the month.

Lt. Brian Rice, Sgt. Alicia White, and officers Caesar Goodson, Garrett Miller, Edward Nero and William Porter have a preliminary hearing together on May 27 in Baltimore District Court, according to online court records.

If the judge finds there is probable cause to support the charges, the case will move to circuit court to begin preparations for trial.

 

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