Excerpted from The Hill: Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was at the White House on Wednesday to attend meetings in the aftermath of the violent protests that rocked her city.
Her visit to Washington come as President Obama grapples with how to address tensions between law enforcement and minority communities resulting from a string of police-related deaths of young black men, including Baltimore’s Freddie Gray last month.
Rawlings-Blake (D) told a reporter she was at the executive mansion to attend meetings, but did not say which officials she would meet with.
The president was in Connecticut to speak at the United States Coast Guard Academy’s graduation ceremony.
Earlier this month, Attorney General Loretta Lynch visited Baltimore and met with Rawlings-Blake and other officials after a prosecutor charged six police officers involved in Gray’s death.
Rawlings-Blake praised Obama’s decision to ban the transfer of some military hardware from the federal government to local police departments. She noted her city’s department has not accepted such equipment. Keep reading...