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A Note About Baltimore's Preparedness - Mayor Rawlings-Blake

Tuesday, September 1, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz
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September 1, 2015
As the court system prepares to begin proceedings related to last spring’s tragic death of Freddie Gray, I wanted to take a moment to communicate with you regarding my expectations for the coming months.

The national media will once again descend on Baltimore, with many expected as soon as tomorrow for the first day of motions hearings. They may replay the same handful of images of unrest that occurred in April. However, I know that we are One Baltimore, united, and I anticipate that, if there are demonstrations, they will be in the spirit of our City’s long history of peaceful, respectful protests.

Nevertheless, I recognize that we must be prepared for any and all possibilities. You have probably seen the news clips over the past few months regarding the many steps that we have taken following last spring’s unrest. My administration has been actively engaged in reviewing what happened, both what went right and where we need to improve. We have not waited for the final reports to be done to implement improvements. We have purchased new equipment for police, provided updated training and upgraded our communications systems and protocols, among many other things.

Under Interim Commissioner Davis, the Baltimore Police Department is coordinating and collaborating with our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners like never before. Every day, we see evidence of that in the War Room, where representatives of so many agencies are teaming up in our fight against violent crime. And on Monday, we saw how the Baltimore Police, Schools Police, and the Maryland Transit Administration Police worked together to ensure a smooth start to the school year.

I know that all of you receiving this email depend on information. In the coming days and months, my team and I will do our best to communicate important information, in as timely a manner as possible.

If you have suggestions or additional questions, I encourage you to send them directly to your primary point of contact in the Mayor’s office, and we will follow up. In addition, if there are a couple of other critical stakeholders in your organization who you believe would benefit from directly receiving these emails, please communicate their names to my office, too, and we will add them to this group.

For information about the criminal proceedings click here for a basic summary.
Thank you,

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
City of Baltimore

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