Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake greets a concerned citizen the morning after citywide riots following the funeral of Freddie Gray, on April 28, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. Gray, 25, was arrested for possessing a switch blade knife April 12 outside the Gilmor Houses housing project on Baltimore's west side. According to his attorney, Gray died a week later in the hospital from a severe spinal cord injury he received while in police custody.

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Stephanie Rawlings-Blake tweeted yesterday that she misspoke out of frustration

Taylor Lewis
Apr, 29, 2015

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is apologizing for some comments that got her in hot water earlier this week.

On Monday, shortly after riots began erupting across the city, Rawlings-Blake condemned the mostly schooled-aged participants at a press conference, referring to them as "thugs."

"It is very clear that there's a difference between what we saw last week between the peaceful protests and the thugs, who only want to incite violence and destroy our city," she said. "I'm a life-long resident of Baltimore. Too many generations have spent their lives building up this city to have it destroyed by thugs, who, in a very senseless way, are trying to tear down what so many have fought for."

After facing multiple critics, who said that her use of the word "thug" was simply a replacement for the n-word, the mayor took to Twitter this afternoon to issue an apology.

"I wanted to clarify my comments on 'thugs,'" she tweeted. "When you speak out of frustration and anger, one can say things in a way that you don't mean."