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City communications offer glimpse behind scenes of Baltimore unrest

Emails and documents released Monday by Baltimore officials depict a chaotic situation within city government before, during and after rioting broke out on April 27, with rumors flying, communication breaking down and leadership being questioned.

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    Mayor: Baltimore wasn't fully prepared for riot

    Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake acknowledged Tuesday that her administration was not fully prepared for the rioting in April, but said officials are learning from it and working to improve should more unrest flare up. "I never suggested that we were totally prepared, because this was something that...

  • Baltimore officials discussed 'riot' an hour before first brick was thrown

    Baltimore officials discussed 'riot' an hour before first brick was thrown

    The worst of Baltimore's unrest began unfolding at Mondawmin Mall around 3 p.m. on the Monday Freddie Gray was laid to rest. But city officials — many of them made aware of a possible student protest earlier in the day — began discussing a "riot" before 2 p.m. In an email marked "URGENT" sent at...

  • Chaos detailed in 7,000 riot-related emails turned over to Baltimore Sun

    Chaos detailed in 7,000 riot-related emails turned over to Baltimore Sun

    Communications within city government broke down during the riots of April 27, as officials desperate for information exchanged rumors and subordinates questioned city leaders, emails and other documents released by the city Monday reveal. The material depicts a government in chaos on the day of...

  • Rihanna wanted to play free concert in Baltimore, walk with protesters

    Rihanna wanted to play free concert in Baltimore, walk with protesters

    Rihanna, the R&B megastar, wanted to come to Baltimore in the week after rioting broke out to walk with protesters and perform a free concert, emails released Monday show. In a message dated May 1 sent to Capt. Eric Kowalczyk, then the head of media relations for Baltimore Police, an officer outlines...

  • Mayor wanted Baltimore curfew lifted early; governor disagreed

    Mayor wanted Baltimore curfew lifted early; governor disagreed

    Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake wanted to lift the curfew put in place after rioting broke out in Baltimore, but faced opposition from Gov. Larry Hogan, according to an email released Monday. In the emails between mayoral chief of staff Kaliope Parthemos and the leader of a downtown business...

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