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Baltimore's police commissioner on Saturday defended his police department after charges were announced against six officers in the death of Freddie Gray.

Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said the matter is before the state’s attorney, and he has confidence "the truth will come out" in the case.

"This is not an indictment against all the officers in the organization," Batts said. "We had challenges in the organization, which we have shared, but we also have very good officers here too."

Batts made the comments in response to questions from reporters shortly after announcing that a curfew in Baltimore would remain in effect in the city for a fifth night to ensure there would be no repeats of the violent unrest that was seen on Monday.

The day's rallies remained largely peaceful and celebratory after State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced Friday that six officers would be charged in connection with Gray's death.

Mosby was praised by many but criticized by some for handing down so quickly. She announced the charges a day after the department delivered all of its material from the police investigation into Gray's April 12 arrest and April 19 death of a spinal injury he suffered while in police custody.

But Batts said Saturday that the department had been sending portions of their findings to Mosby's office as they conducted the probe. He said her decision was part of "the process, and I think that’s what it’s built to do."

"We have no tolerance for any misconduct," Batts said.



— Elisha Fieldstadt