No Time to Celebrate: Loretta Lynch Must Get Immediately to Work After Baltimore Erupts in Violence Over Killing of Freddie Gray


Newly sworn-in Attorney General Loretta Lynch met Monday evening with President Barack Obama to discuss the riots unfolding in Baltimore, the White House said.The meeting was not called specifically as a result of the situation in Baltimore, the White House said, but Lynch “assured the President that she would continue to monitor events in Baltimore and that the Department of Justice stands ready to provide any assistance that might be helpful there.”

Obama also spoke with Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Monday, while his senior adviser, Valerie Jarrett, spoke with Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, the White House said.

The growing violence in Baltimore, just 40 miles from the White House, represents another challenge for the Obama administration in addressing racial unrest across the country. Since the police killing of an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, last summer, the administration has worked to acknowledge deep frustrations in minority communities while also supporting law enforcement.

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Source: WBAL TV |

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