Lynch: DOJ officials will go to Baltimore

Francis Rivera

The Department of Justice will send two officials to Baltimore amid clashes in the city between police and citizens, new Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Monday night.

Vanita Gupta, who heads the Civil Rights Division, and Director of Community Oriented Policing Services Ronald Davis "will be traveling to Baltimore to meet with faith and community leaders, as well as city officials," Lynch said in a statement.

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“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," Lynch said. "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."

Gray was arrested by Baltimore police and sustained a spinal injury on April 12. He died a week later.

Lynch was sworn in on Monday and met with the president, in part to talk about the events in Baltimore, in the evening.

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