BALTIMORE (AP) — Attorney General Loretta Lynch pledged Tuesday to improve the city’s police department after meeting with the family of a man who was fatally injured in police custody.
“We’re here to hold your hands and provide support,” Lynch said in a meeting with faith and community leaders, including members of Congress.
Protesters now marching in two different directions, one group headed north on Broad Street, another heading south from 15th Street onto Locust. Bicycle police are providing an escort and mounted police are stationed outside SEPTA’s Suburban Station. A heavy police presence is at Vine Street Expressway Ramp as the march continues.
One group is chanting, “Whose streets? Our streets!”
Pedestrians and drivers are taking pictures and video with their cellphones.
By Rashad Robinson Executive Director, ColorofChange.org
This week, Loretta Lynch made history as our country’s first Black woman attorney general.
In a world where White men still disproportionately dominate positions of power, Lynch will serve as an inspiring example to many, especially Black women and girls. Just as Barack Obama’s presidency has helped transform expectations of what Black men can achieve, Lynch’s mere presence at one of the highest levels of government will have an immeasurable impact.
That’s before we even talk about the incredible power Attorney General Lynch now wields to make a difference on some of the most important issues facing Black people today. As the nation’s top law enforcement officer, Lynch is in a unique position to hold violent police accountable, reform discriminatory drug war policies, and defend voting rights. Her life history and career as a federal prosecutor are full of encouraging signs that she’ll have the interests and rights of Black folks at heart.