EMMITSBURG, Md. (WJZ/AP) — On the day of the first court hearing for six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, the city’s former police commissioner joined panel examining racial unrest in the city.

The discussion was held at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg on Wednesday evening.

Batts was fired In July as the city saw a major increase in violent crime following Gray’s death from a broken neck he suffered in police custody. Six officers have been charged in his death, which led to widespread protests and some rioting.

Batts defended his leadership and police tactics during the deadliest summer Baltimore’s seen in decades.

Marc Mauer, executive director of the Sentencing Project, also participate in Wednesday’s panel.

 

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