Maryland's Carey School of Law to host class on Freddie Gray unrest

The Baltimore Sun
Baltimore unrest after death of Freddie Gray to be subject of University of Maryland class.

The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law will offer a fall class studying the unrest in Baltimore in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray.

"Freddie Gray's Baltimore: Past, Present, and Moving Forward," is planned as an eight-week course beginning in September, taught at the Baltimore school by University of Maryland faculty members as well as elected officials.

School officials say the class will look at the causes and possible solutions regarding the unrest in Baltimore that occurred after the April death of Freddie Gray, who died after suffering spinal cord injuries while in police custody.

"We see this course as an opportunity for our students to grapple with important issues in their backyard," said Maryland Carey Law Dean Donald B. Tobin in a press release about the class. "We want not only to educate our students but to inspire them to act on what they've learned and work with our neighbors in West Baltimore to strengthen our community and city."

The class will focus on "social, economic and other issues, including policing practices, criminal justice, access to housing, health care, education, joblessness and community development," according to the release. Officials said it will also include information for students regarding volunteer opportunities to work in the community.

The class is open to all students at the law school as well as at the University of Maryland School of Social Work.

Officials said the course arose from conversations among faculty about how to help students understand the issues raised by Gray's death. The school, along with the School of Social Work, had launched a discussion series after the 2014 demonstrations in Ferguson, Mo.

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