A day after more than 7,000 emails were released detailing how city officials responded to the April riots, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake states she was not involved in choosing which emails would be released.
Rawlings-Blake told Maryland's News Now that city attorneys determined which emails to release, noting that attorneys believed certain communications were privileged.
"I think it's important to get that information out and that we're learning from it and that we're not waiting for the investigation or study to be over to make changes," the mayor tells Maryland's News Now. The emails were released following Public Information Act requests by WBAL and other media organizations. Rawlings-Blake also responded to rumors that she had fled the city during the riots.
The mayor called the rumors that she left the city "ridiculous."
"I did not leave the city," the mayor told WBAL's Mary Beth Marsden.
She noted that on April 27, as rioting began hours after Freddie Gray's funeral, she was at City Hall then at the Emergency Operations Center.
Rawlings-Blake has previously said that unlike unrest in other cities, no one was killed during the Baltimore riots. Rawlings-Blake told Maryland's News Now that she was not attempting to put a positive spin on the riots adding, "It was ugly, it was tragic."
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