Citing emails that were released yesterday (July 27), the publication reports that in a message sent on May 1 to Capt. Eric Kowalczyk-the then head of media relations for Baltimore Police-an officer detailed the conversation he had with a representative for Rihanna. In order to dodge a few of the press that was sure to impede, she also intended to arrive to the city by train or auto. He also said that Rihanna’s representative was seeking extra security, and was directed to the communications office for assistance.
The email is yet another negative in the embattled leader’s legacy; just this month, Mayor Rawlings-Blake fired Batts from his position and appointed Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Davis as interim commissioner.
The concert was supposedly going to go down 5/1, but as stated by a situation report, Baltimore police stopped it from happening: “Possible Rihanna Concert at Penn & North. No time given”. According to the report, the concert didn’t go as hoped because Rihanna didn’t obtain a permit to perform on Pennsylvania Avenue and North Avenue, which sat at the heart of the protests.
Ultimately, Prince staged a concert for the people of Baltimore at Royal Farms arena and the event was livestreamed by a company owned by music label executive Jay Z. Her only comment was an emoji with a tear falling down its cheek.
Back in April, the town of Baltimore was experiencing protest within the wake of Freddie Gray’s demise by the hands of metropolis cops.
“It has come to our attention that you made statements claiming to have met with the family of Freddie Gray, Jr. about the investigation into his death”, attorney William H.