Maryland's handling of the civil unrest in Baltimore last spring was hampered by the inexperience of some emergency management staff and resulted in slow payment to vendors and reliance on inaccurate information during the riots, according to a new state report.

In some instances, the confusion jeopardized relationships with vendors or left them waiting months for payment for services provided, the Maryland Emergency Management Agency report found. And at times during the unrest, officials helping to lead the state's response from inside the State Emergency Operations Center were receiving so little information from official channels that they were relying instead on misleading television coverage from national media that skewed the situation on the ground, the Baltimore Sun reports.

 

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