Some comments from Kevin Harris, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's spokesman, courtesy of Sun reporter Yvonne Wenger:
"That's one of the things she's been speaking with civil leaders about, speaking with people from the legal profession about the need to have a prominent voice in this discussion, this debate, to tell people about how the process works, make sure they understand these are the steps that are necessary."
"BPD is in communication with the states attorney's office, various entities like the Department of Justice. What we are doing Friday is the same thing we've been doing this entire process,which is as soon as we're able to release information that does not undermine the investigation, we want to release that information as soon as possible.
"The conversation that's happening now, is what can we do on Friday, how much can we release. The mayor's desire is to put out as much information as possible, but again in a way that doesn't undermine the investigation.
"To be able to do that we have to work with our partners so that the process is followed. What she's hoping for Friday is to be able to turn over a solid and thorough investigation to the state's attorney's office but also to be able to share any additional facts and details to the public that could shine some light on this.
"We don't know yet how far we'll be able to go or how much we'll be able to do, but that is our hope."
Sun reporter Yvonne Wenger reports on a meeting with Billy Murphy, the attorney for Freddie Gray's family, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and others. The mayor wanted to clear up some "misinformation."
"We are grateful to her for being here and sharing with us what the plans are for the next several days to assure us all that this city is in great hands," Murphy said. "We stand by our mayor. The family stands by my our mayor."
Murphy said Gray's family -- which has been calling for peace -- wants the investigation "to be carried out in a way that gets us to the right result, and not necessarily one that is rushed."
"This family wants justice and they want justice that comes at the right time, not too soon," Murphy said.
Rawlings-Blake said she's concerned about misinformation spreading about what may be available Friday. Commissioner Anthony Batts stated early on that the Police Department would conclude its report then, and hand the findings over to prosecutors for potential charges. It's been unclear what, if any, information will be made public then.
"I had a chance to really lay some things on the line with them, answer questions," the mayor said of the meeting. "I thought it was very important for us to have a conversation about how we just don't seek justice but we make a pathway forward to have justice and peace.
She said she was grateful for the meeting and "the honesty" that was shared during it.
Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on calling the National Guard for help (via Sun reporter Yvonne Wenger).
"We brought resources to bear in this ongoing incident from other jurisdictions. Our police commissioner made a request to all the jurisdictions. People from many jurisdictions came in and helped us. These are people with arrest powers. When it was clear that more resources were needed and our commissioner used all the resources we had, he went to other jurisdictions outside the state and said, 'We need you to come in.' We can't do that. The governor has to authorize that. It took more than two days to get that authorizations done, to get those officers that had arrest powers that wanted to help us, to get them into the state. That's a challenge. When we got to the point where it was more of we needed the National Guard to hold position, so we can continue with public safety -- they don't have the power to arrest -- we were trying to get people in our city who had the power to work along side of us to do the arrests to help us keep order. When we needed the National Guard, we called them."
Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on her relationship with Gov. Larry Hogan (via Sun reporter Yvonne Wenger).
I don't think it serve anybody a purpose to figure out what type of relationship...we are one Maryland. This is one Baltimore and we will work together.