BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore is on the road to recovery after a week of unrest, but some fear long-term damage has already been done.
Meghan McCorkell explains how the federal government is looking to help strained police relations.
Both the FBI and Department of Justice have launched investigations into Freddie Gray’s death, and the city could see an even larger federal probe.
Despite the charges already filed against six police officers, the death of Freddie Gray remains the subject of a federal investigation.
Tuesday, the head of the Department of Justice came to Baltimore and met with Gray’s family.
“Just to express my condolences to them and for their loss,” said U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
In her first official trip as U.S. attorney general, Loretta Lynch is in town to look into the strained relationship between police and the community.
“It’s happening in Baltimore, but it’s a symptom of something that’s going on all over the country,” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
Speaking with city leaders, Lynch vows to find solutions to make Baltimore better.
“I know that we have struggles, and we are here to help you work through those struggles,” said Lynch.
Last week, Lynch announced a new $20 million program to expand the use of police body cameras nationwide.
In a meeting with faith and community leaders Tuesday, the attorney general promised more funding for police training.
“Looking at the systemic nature of how our police force, particularly in the Western District, how they are trained and how they must continue to be re-trained to deal with the community,” said Rev. Dr. Harold Carter, New Shiloh Baptist Church.
The Department of Justice was already conducting a review of the city’s use of force policies at the time of Gray’s death.
Federal investigators will spend 18 months looking into officer misconduct.
The city council president is now calling for a comprehensive civil rights investigation into the Baltimore City Police Department. The attorney general says that will be considered.