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Baltimore Mayor Pledges Better Riot Gear for Police Before Freddie Gray Verdicts

July 02, 2015  | 

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Wednesday that Baltimore police will be equipped with new riot gear before verdicts in the Freddie Gray trials come down.

The pledge was made after Rawlings-Blake acknowledged that officers did not have enough shields or body armor during the April riots, when about 160 officers were injured, the Baltimore Sun reports.

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Jon Retired LEO @ 7/2/2015 1:18 PM

That's like shutting the barn door after the horses are already gone Mayor!

Chuck W @ 7/2/2015 2:00 PM

Now why would the Baltimore Police Department have the need for new and better riot gear. Didn't this mayor and AG already say the six police officers are guilty and will pay for freddy grey. Apparently they are not so shit hot sure of things now. Funny how jumping to appease the masses and being politically motivated makes things change after additional information starts to come out.

kevCopAz @ 7/2/2015 2:47 PM

Gee thanks Mayor, you will dress them all up in better gear and then still tell them to "hold the line" and do nothing! You got what your city deserved, chaos and millions in damage and a tourist business nightmare!. Until you resign and so does your police chief the cops should "stand down and hold the line" not taking any enforcement action that would get your pal the DA to indict them. Elections have consequences and you and the DA are the "peoples" elected officials so let the "people" get what they voted for...good for them until they impeach you both or you both resign. ALL LEOs are behind you Baltimore cops, stay the course and "hold the line".

DEADMAN @ 7/2/2015 5:41 PM

They might not have needed them if the mayor hadn't given the rioters,looters and arsonists a free pass after the funeral.
It's one thing when Police Magazine doesn't see fit to make observations or comments either pro or anti the behavior of supervisors and even ignores the incident completely,with no comment,equating them with the general media types and their liberal stance sometimes but they go so far as to delete comments from officers who subscribe to their publications.I distinctly notice a definite decrease in comments from officers because of the heavy handed editing.

Tone @ 7/12/2015 11:00 PM

Mayor of Baltimore thank you! Better late than never on that protective gear. If you had done absolutely nothing, criticism would await you! You having done something & criticism still finds its way to attack your efforts! I'm just thankful that the LEO's have better protection rather than none at all. The blame game has never been resourceful. The actions of the rioters were done by selfish people with no moral compass. Accountability starts with the individuals in control of their own destiny.

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