Washington (CNN)Attorney General Loretta Lynch arrived in Baltimore, Maryland, on Tuesday for meetings with city officials, members of Congress, law enforcement officials, as well as faith and community leaders.
Lynch, Justice Department officials discuss reforms in Baltimore
After shaking hands with Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Lynch praised the mayor for her hard work and pledged to devote the necessary resources to the city.
"It's happening in Baltimore, but it's a symptom of something that's going on all over the country where there is a growing divide between the police and the community," said Rawlings-Blake. "But we know there are some foundation issues that have to be in place before we can rebuild that trust and I appreciate the collaborative reforms that we have been engaging in and I look forward to talking to you about more opportunities."
Rawlings-Blake said the relationship between police and the community is like a marriage, where separation or divorce is not an option.
"We have to figure out how we're going to make this marriage work and make it healthy and make it thrive so our city can thrive. What happens here can be a signal," she said.
Joining Lynch from the Justice Department was the head of the Civil Rights Division Vanita Gupta, Director Ronald Davis of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services and Director Grande Lum of the Community Relations Service.
Lynch, who was sworn into her position just over a week ago, has been closely monitoring the unrest in Baltimore that followed the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who suffered a fatal injury to his spine while in police custody. As part of her first day on the job, Lynch briefed President Barack Obama on developments.
For his part, Obama spoke about low income and predominantly minority communities on Monday during an event to mark a new phase in his "My Brother's Keeper" initiative.
"There's no shortage of people telling you who and what is to blame for the plight of these communities," Obama said Monday. "But I'm not interested in blame. I'm interested in responsibility, and I'm interested in results."