All 7,000 Baltimore City Government Uprising/Riot Emails Available – Free download

Last month, through a 50-minute crowdfunding effort, we raised the $375 fee to buy the collection of 7,000 emails from Baltimore City government that were related to the civil unrest in April and early May.

We made these emails available for download to the public in the interest of full government transparency, and to encourage motivated citizens to do their own research and analysis on these communications, which we believe have historical value. In addition to The Baltimore Sun’s exhaustive coverage, others in the Baltimore community joined in helping search the trove of emails for interesting information. For instance, check out the work by Daric Snyder over on

Our document release helped fuel follow-up stories in Mother Jones, The Independent (U.K.), Baltimore Business Journal, Technically Baltimore, as well as plenty of online discussion via Twitter and Facebook.

Through our new Twitter account, which had around 65 followers at the time, this one tweet was shown more than 72,000 times on Twitter, while the zip file of emails was downloaded more than 300 times.

One of our core missions here at CityExplainer is to put primary government documents into the hands of the people, so they can work with each other and the media to enhance news coverage and government accountability.

So, go ahead. Download it. It’s nearly 1 GB. The emails are in PDF form, so props to the tech gurus out there who can unlock the data and do more analysis with it. All we ask is that you give some props to, if you pulled the data from us.

If you do interesting work with the data, ping us on Twitter at @cityexplainer, so we can blog about it and retweet you.

More importantly, this could not have happened without the generous donors who chipped in as little as $15 and as much as $100 for CityExplainer to cover the costs of document production that Baltimore City imposed on us.

There is more to come. We’ll do this again.


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