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Former Baltimore police commissioner to sit on panel

EMMITSBURG — On the day of the first court hearing for six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, the city’s former police commissioner will sit on a panel examining racial unrest in the city.

Anthony Batts will take part in a discussion at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg on Wednesday evening. It’s intended to address deaths in police custody and racial inequities in the justice system.

Batts was fired In July as the city saw a major increase in violent crime following Gray’s death from a broken neck he suffered in police custody. Six officers have been charged in his death, which led to widespread protests and some rioting.

Marc Mauer, executive director of the Sentencing Project, will also participate in Wednesday’s panel.