Putting out fires of burning buildings, watching looters causing chaos, finding out gang members joined forces to attack the police and a near, full-scale riot in a major American city is not the way that Attorney General Loretta Lynch could have envisioned her first day on the job to be. Well, with this is the welcome mat that awaited the country’s first African American woman attorney general as Baltimore, already engulfed with racial tension following the death of Freddie Gray, went up in flames.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch used the first day on the job to issue this statement:
“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.”
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) April 28, 2015
“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.”
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) April 27, 2015
“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.”
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) April 28, 2015