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MC Lyte is speaking out about the recent unrest in Baltimore and the death of Freddie Gray.

Although citizens across the nation are rightfully angered by rising tensions, Lyte is suggesting that there needs to be “mutual respect” across the board.

“There has to be a better way for police to do what they do and for us as people, as citizens,” Lyte told HipHollywood exclusively. “There needs to be a retraining or something that puts in respect. We just need mutual respect in how it is we are spoken to and how it is that we speak to them [police].”

The 44-year-old continued, “There is so much anger that lives within, at times we are speaking ill mannered to others and when it snaps back on us it’s like we are shocked … I just think that we need a grounds by which everyone is equal but yet we understand the purpose of police and we try to make their jobs easy without giving them the slightest bit of a reason to pull out a gun.”

Gray died on April 19 of spinal injuries, one week after being taken into police custody. On Friday morning, prosecutors confirmed that six officers were charged in the death of Freddie.

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