U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, making her first public remarks since being sworn into the post earlier this week, offered her condolences to the family of Freddie Gray on Wednesday and said that Justice Department officials had met with an injured police officer.
Lynch, who on Monday became the first African American female to lead the Justice Department, praised city leaders and residents for what appeared to be a de-escalation of violence on Tuesday following riots that broke out just 24 hours before.
"I am heartened that the unrest seemed to ease last night and that members of the community are trying to come together to clean up their city," Lynch said at a rountable in Washington that was focused on cybersecurity. "I am hopeful that progress will continue in the coming days."
Lynch, who spoke by phone with members of the state's congressional delegation on Tuesday, said officials with her department had visited with an officer Tuesday night who was injured in the violence. She did not provide any specifics of who that officer is or how he was injured.
"He seemed to be in good spirits," Lynch said she was told, "and I want to convey my best wishes for his speedy recovery."
Lynch has not yet traveled to Baltimore, but she has sent two officials from the department: Vanita Gupta, head of the Civil Rights Division, and Ronald Davis, director of the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office. The department is investigating the Gray case.
"I'd ask that we remember that Baltimore is more than just a symbol. Baltimore is a city; it is a great city; it is a beautiful city; it is one of our cities," Lynch said. "Like so many cities, Baltimore is struggling to balance great expectations and need with limited resources."