- Associated Press - Thursday, August 27, 2015

BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore police are preparing for the Freddie Gray case to begin.

Department spokesman T.J. Smith said since riots erupted following Gray’s death in April, the police have received equipment and specialized training to better prepare officers for any future civil unrest.

Riots broke out in Baltimore on April 27, eight days after Gray died of a spinal injury he received while in police custody. Six officers have been criminally charged in connection with his death.

The first hearing in the case is scheduled for Sept. 2. Smith said while protests are “expected, protected and healthy,” he said police will have “plans in place in the event of any type of unrest.”

Howard Libit, a spokesman for Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, said City Hall is also streamlining its communication with various agencies.

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