(BALTIMORE) — Attorney General Loretta Lynch pledged Tuesday to help Baltimore’s impoverished communities as well as its embattled police department on her first visit to the city nearly torn apart by civil unrest one week ago.
Lynch, who just became attorney general, met with the family of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old African-American who died last month from injuries suffered while in police custody. Six cops involved in his arrest now face a variety of charges up to second-degree depraved heart murder.
Even before a local prosecutor announced charges, Lynch said the Justice Department would conduct its own probe into the circumstances surrounding Gray’s death.
The attorney general also met privately with Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts. Afterwards, Lynch declared: “We’re here to hold your hands and provide support.”
She also praised the city’s police force in general, saying, “I’m looking at the hardest working police officers in America. We are here to help you work through these struggles…You really have become the face of law enforcement.”
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