Police priorities after Baltimore riots: life, property, traffic and restoration

Baltimore Police had a list of priorities the day after the unrest. What were they?

Early on the morning of April 28, as portions of Baltimore recovered from a night of rioting and looting, police commanders were sent an email outlining their assignments for the day — and the department's list of priorities.

"In order of hierarchy: Life, Property, Ingress/Egress, Restoration," the email reads.

It then lists Mondawmin Mall, the intersection of Pennsylvania and North avenues, and the Monument Street corridor as "Priority Locations to Hold."

The email was sent by Michael Pool, a member of the police department, at the direction of Deputy Commissioner Dean Palmere. It was obtained by The Baltimore Sun in a Public Information Act request for communications related to the April 27 rioting.

The email was turned over in digital file. Also in that file was an unidentified and unsourced document that touches on the same topics, in slightly more detail. It lists the priorities as "life, property, traffic, restoration."

It also outlines nine priority locations in the city, including Mondawmin Mall and the intersection of Pennsylvania and North avenues, where the April 27 unrest began and escalated.

Also on the list: the intersection of Reisterstown Road and Virginia Avenue, Monument Street, the Inner Harbor, Fells Point, Federal Hill, "7-11/Royal Farms/Athletic Stores," and the Northeast Corridor.

The email and attached document did not explain why those locations were highlighted. Some, like the intersection of Pennsylvania and North avenues, were the site of intense looting and arson, but others were not.

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