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Gov. O'Malley, Mayor Rawlings-Blake offer statements on Ferguson

A day after protests rocked Ferguson, Missouri, demonstrators took to the streets of Baltimore.

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Tuesday night that prosecutors' lack of action in Ferguson, "hurt" relations with the black community there.

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Rawlings-Blake added that prosecutors didn't pursue specific charges against the officer and effectively conducted a trial behind closed-doors instead of in public, she said.

"It is unusual the tactic they used to present to the grand jury," Rawlings-Blake said. "It certainly does not help their efforts to build a bridge between the community and the police. It actually continues to hurt that relationship."

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Rawlings-Blake said she has trouble reaching an opinion about whether the grand jury made the right decision because of how poorly the case was handled.

"I fully understand the frustration of the community in Ferguson. I get it," she said. "It's hard to get to whether or not the grand jury made the right decision because of how poorly the process played out. Because there is very little, if any, trust between communities of color and the elected officials in Ferguson, whether or not they reached the right decision is the least of the problems. There's a lack of transparency. There's a lack of relationships. There are all of the ingredients for a combustible situation that we're seeing play out now."

Meanwhile, Governor Martin O'Malley offered up his take on the response to the Ferguson ruling.

In a statement released by his staff, O'Malley said: "The only way to promote peace in the streets of our nation is to better and more deeply understand the pain that all of our fellow citizens have now experienced in Ferguson. Violence only brings about more violence. To improve law enforcement in America, to save lives, to promote peace, we must be able to better understand and listen to one another."

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