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Rev. Jamal Bryant, the pastor who delivered the eulogy at Freddie Gray’s funeral — which preceded riots throughout Baltimore — says the violent scenes “do not reflect” the young man’s legacy.

“Violence and justice never go together in the same sentence,” Bryant told Savannah Guthrie on TODAY Tuesday.

Gray recently became the nation’s latest symbol of police brutality after he was injured while in custody. Gray later died from spinal injuries a week after he was arrested. Bryant, pastor of The Empowerment Temple, ended Gray’s eulogy with a “No Justice, No Peace” chant but he spent the rest of the day urging calm among protesters, asking many to just go home.

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Riots rocked Baltimore after Monday’s funeral into the night. Television cameras captured protesters heaving rocks at police officers and setting vehicles on fire. They also caught looters walking casually out of a CVS and other businesses with merchandise.

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