Faith Leaders active in bringing peace to the Baltimore community after riots

By Denise Mayhan |  May 3, 2015

Faith leaders in Baltimore respond to the riots with peaceful marches, relief assistance and organizing clean-ups of the community ravaged by violence after the April 27 funeral of Freddie Gray, a young man who died after suffering a spinal cord injury while in police custody.  On May 1, following an investigation, six officers involved in the arrest were charged with a range of offenses including manslaughter, murder, assault and false imprisonment.  On May 3 a curfew imposed by the Governor of Maryland to help calm the city was lifted.   For more information, check out these links:

Washington Post:  These Top Ten Photos Show How Faith Leaders are Responding to the Baltimore Riots

USA Today:  Freddie Gray:  A Timeline of the Baltimore Uprising

CNN:  Obama Pledges to Re-Launch "My Brother's Keeper" Mentoring Program

Clergy Marches Against Violence
WBAL TV - Baltimore - April 27, 2015

 



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STATEMENT BY ATTORNEY GENERAL LYNCH ON THE SITUATION IN BALTIMORE
For Immediate Release, Monday April 27, 2015

WASHINGTON – Attorney General Loretta Lynch released the following statement on the situation in Baltimore, Maryland:
 
“I condemn the senseless acts of violence by some individuals in Baltimore that have resulted in harm to law enforcement officers, destruction of property and a shattering of the peace in the city of Baltimore.  Those who commit violent actions, ostensibly in protest of the death of Freddie Gray, do a disservice to his family, to his loved ones, and to legitimate peaceful protestors who are working to improve their community for all its residents.
 
“The Department of Justice stands ready to provide any assistance that might be helpful.  The Civil Rights Division and the FBI have an ongoing, independent criminal civil rights investigation into the tragic death of Mr. Gray.  We will continue our careful and deliberate examination of the facts in the coming days and weeks.  The department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services has also been fully engaged in a collaborative review of the Baltimore City Police Department.  The department’s Community Relations Service has already been on the ground, and they are sending additional resources as they continue to work with all parties to reduce tensions and promote the safety of the community.  And in the coming days, Vanita Gupta, head of the Civil Rights Division, and Ronald Davis, Director of Community Oriented Policing Services, will be traveling to Baltimore to meet with faith and community leaders, as well as city officials.  
 
“As our investigative process continues, I strongly urge every member of the Baltimore community to adhere to the principles of nonviolence.  In the days ahead, I intend to work with leaders throughout Baltimore to ensure that we can protect the security and civil rights of all residents.  And I will bring the full resources of the Department of Justice to bear in protecting those under threat, investigating wrongdoing, and securing an end to violence.”
 

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