Lynch Visiting Baltimore, Policing Crisis Dominating Her First Days As AG


U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch travels to Baltimore today to meet with city officials, members of Congress, law-enforcement officials, faith and community leaders and others, Politico reports. She will be joined by Vanita Gupta, head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division; Ronald Davis, director of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS); and Grande Lum, director of the Community Relations Service. Gupta and Davis met last week with city officials, who last fall asked the Justice Department to help review Baltimore's approach to policing.

Lynch's visit comes after the State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby charged six police officers in connection with the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray while he was in police custody. Gray succumbed to his injuries one week after his arrest. Lynch unveiled a $20 million pilot program to expand the use police body cameras last Friday, and the situation in Baltimore has dominated Lynch's first full week in office. Justice Department officials have taken a “collaborative” approach to police reform in Baltimore, a strategy that some critics say is too cautious.

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