Atty. General Lynch to Visit Baltimore

BALTIMORE (AP) — Attorney General Loretta Lynch and other Department of Justice leaders were set to visit Baltimore on Tuesday.

The new attorney general’s visit comes after protests over the death of Freddie Gray, who was fatally injured in police custody, and riots that prompted the governor to bring in the National Guard.

The Justice Department said one of Lynch’s first meetings would be with Gray’s family and faith leaders. She was also expected to speak with law enforcement officers to thank them for their service, long hours and for protecting demonstrators.

The department said Lynch wants to make it clear she doesn’t want the image of the many officers who valiantly protect communities to be tainted by accusations against a few officers.

Lynch would be joined by the head of the Civil Rights Division, Vanita Gupta, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Director Ronald Davis and Community Relations Service Director Grande Lum. They planned to meet with city officials, members of Congress, law enforcement officials and community leaders.

The FBI and the Justice Department are investigating Gray’s death for potential civil rights violations. The Justice Department is expected to release results of a separate review of the police department’s use of force practices in the coming weeks.