Fw: In-town print pool No. 1 - Obama comments on Baltimore

From: Alex Leary [mailto:xxx@email.com]
Sent: Friday, May 01, 2015 12:27 PM
To: Velz, Peter
Subject: In-town print pool No. 1 - Obama comments on Baltimore

POTUS held a discussion in the Roosevelt Room with persecuted journalists to mark World Press Freedom Day.

I'll send more on that in a bit but here's news on Baltimore.

POTUS, responding to question at end of remarks, said he had not seen the nature of the charges against the police officers but added:

"It is absolutely vital that the truth comes out on what happened to Freddie Gray. It is my practice not to comment on the legal processes involved. That would not be appropriate. But I can tell you that justice needs to be served. All the evidence needs to be presented. Those individuals who are charged obviously are also entitled to due process and rule of law. So I want to make sure that our legal system runs the way it should. The Justice Department and our new attorney general is in communications with Baltimore officials to make sure that any assistance we can provide on the investigation is provided. What I think the people of Baltimore want more than anything else is the truth. That's what people around the country expect."

Alex Leary
Washington Bureau Chief
Tampa Bay Times
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