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Emails to former Police Commissioner Batts show praise, criticism

Emails to former Police Commissioner Batts show praise, criticism

From West Baltimore to Texas to Calgary, a barrage of emails came to then-Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts' inbox during the unrest that followed Freddie Gray's death. "In what other city does the police chief stand 100 yards from the riot line and command the response instead of hiding behind public relations and a desk? Only in baltimore," one man wrote Batts late on April 27. But a woman from Calgary, Alberta, said she didn't like what she was seeing. "Your press conference did more to confirm what the protesters have been saying about the attitude of the police toward civilians," she wrote. "Until city official and administrators lead...

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