WASHINGTON, D.C. — As outrage related to yet another death of an unarmed black man at the hands of police continues to unfold in Baltimore, the Very Rev. Gary Hall, Dean of Washington National Cathedral, released the following statement:

“All of us at Washington National Cathedral watch the civil unrest in neighboring Baltimore with compassion and concern. We know how difficult police work can be, yet we are mindful of the ongoing pain and anger so many feel as unarmed black men continue to die at the hands of law enforcement personnel. The quest for racial justice and equality in our country is important work to which Americans of every color must continually rededicate themselves.”

“At the same time, we know that the price for urban violence is always paid by those who live in the communities that become inflamed. We join our voices with those who call upon the civic leaders of Baltimore to fully disclose the facts surrounding Freddie Gray’s death. We prayerfully ask that those protesting return to peaceful and nonviolent means to express their outrage and for those responsible for keeping the peace to exhibit compassion and judgment. We pray for the strength to remain dedicated to the cause of social justice.”

To speak with Dean Hall or to learn about Washington National Cathedral’s long commitment to social justice, please contact Meredith MacKenzie, West End Strategy Team, [email protected], (202) 427-2007.