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Four years ago, the MTA’s deputy police chief pulled many hours of records and put together an email for his colleagues called “RE: Mondawmin,” which outlined the earliest stages of the unrest after Freddie Gray’s death in detail.

“At this point,” he wrote after three terse dispatches about kids throwing rocks,“ it is clear and evident that this is an orchestrated attack as most of the rioters have backpacks on which contain bricks and other objects that are being thrown at police officers.”

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The situation at Mondawmin on April 27, 2015, the day of Freddie Gray’s funeral marked a turning point in Baltimore, which suffered tens of millions of dollars in damages from the fires and looting that followed.

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