Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis issued a statement Friday offering “heartfelt thoughts and condolences” to the Dallas law enforcement community and commenting on his department’s preparations for the expected protests.
“As we have done throughout the past year, we will work to protect protestors’ 1st amendment rights,” Davis’s statement said. “The safety of our officers and protestors is paramount. It is up to all of us, collectively, to ensure a safe atmosphere. It is more important now than ever that we promote open lines of communication as we work together for the greater good.”
The Dallas shooting also came amid a criminal trial for Baltimore Police Lt. Brian W. Rice, one of six officers charged in Gray’s death. Two of the officers have been acquitted.
Baltimore’s police department this morning tweeted a message in support of Dallas law enforcement.
Maryland State Police tweeted a similar message, saying: “Our hearts are with the men, women and families of the Dallas Police Department and the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Department.”