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WASHINGTON—A. Shuanise Washington, president and chief executive officer of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated (CBCF), released the following statement in response to the Baltimore riots.
“On behalf of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc., I extend heartfelt condolences to the family of Freddie Gray and to the residents, families, business owners and civil servants in Baltimore.
“The community outcry is valid and can be heard around the globe. However, the violence and destruction that disrupted Baltimore yesterday is counterproductive. It is important to remain peaceful in protest and encourage productive dialogue while we await the findings of the Department of Justice investigation.
“The CBCF joins with other community leaders who are committed to exploring solutions that enhance community trust and address the conflicts in modern, urban policing.”