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Public agencies careful about messaging during Freddie Gray unrest

Public agencies careful about messaging during Freddie Gray unrest

As agencies prepared to address the public amid the Freddie Gray unrest, they were careful about messaging, emails show. The day after Baltimore erupted into rioting, Baltimore County officials prepared for a news briefing to assure its residents that they were safe and address rumors of unrest unfolding there. County officials were preparing to tell residents to trust in their law enforcement. What about changing "police force" to "police department?" Mike Field, the county attorney, wrote in an email to other officials who were working on the statement. "Agree. We never use 'force,'" replied Elise Armacost, county police spokeswoman. In the...

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