Freddie Gray: In-depth coverage

  • Police union blasts commanders in 'after action review' of riot

    Police union blasts commanders in 'after action review' of riot

    The rioting that followed the death of Freddie Gray was "preventable," but the police response was hindered by a leadership that was concerned with image over safety, the city police union charged in a report released Wednesday. The union's "after action review" compiles accounts from officers...

  • After Freddie Gray death, cop-watchers film police to prevent misconduct

    After Freddie Gray death, cop-watchers film police to prevent misconduct

    On a sultry West Baltimore night, six police officers walked down a concrete courtyard of Gilmor Homes — while self-styled "cop-watcher" David Whitt held up his camera and pushed the record button. One officer confronted him, asking, "Do you have I.D.?" "Am I being detained?" Whitt shot back. As...

  • Autopsy of Freddie Gray shows 'high-energy' impact

    Autopsy of Freddie Gray shows 'high-energy' impact

    Freddie Gray suffered a single "high-energy injury" to his neck and spine — most likely caused when the police van in which he was riding suddenly decelerated, according to a copy of the autopsy report obtained by The Baltimore Sun. The state medical examiner's office concluded that Gray's death...

  • Arrests in Baltimore plummet, and residents are fearful

    Arrests in Baltimore plummet, and residents are fearful

    Baltimore police arrested fewer people in May than in any month for at least three years, despite a surge in homicides and shootings across the city — triggering safety concerns among residents. Several neighborhoods saw declines of more than 90 percent from April to May, while arrests in the West...

  • Video spotlights Freddie Gray at Baker and Mount streets

    Video spotlights Freddie Gray at Baker and Mount streets

    On the morning of April 12, Michelle Gross woke up to screaming. Gross, known as "Mom" in West Baltimore's Gilmor Homes area, left her home and saw Freddie Gray — someone she called "son" — being dragged into a police van. As police drove away with Gray, she gave her phone to a neighbor who wanted...

  • A mom, a disabled son and a home that blazed amid Baltimore's riots

    A mom, a disabled son and a home that blazed amid Baltimore's riots

    Black soot covers the two-story house like a dark shadow. The roof has collapsed, and a bright red sign proclaims the home has been condemned. Until a few weeks ago, when the riots roiled Baltimore, this house at Hilton Street and Piedmont Avenue was home for Laporsha Lawson and her severely disabled...

  • Baltimore police rarely charged in deaths

    Baltimore police rarely charged in deaths

    Marleta House struggled for years to stop hating the Baltimore police officer who shot and killed her husband in 1999 after mistaking his cellphone for a gun. "I don't hate him now," said House, who lives in Dundalk. "He has to answer to a higher power." But the 45-year-old MTA bus driver remains...

  • Rawlings-Blake defends handling of Baltimore rioting

    Rawlings-Blake defends handling of Baltimore rioting

    Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake defended her handling of the recent rioting in Baltimore, arguing Tuesday that more aggressive police or military tactics could have escalated the violence. "Nobody died during the riots," Rawlings-Blake said. "Out of the two weeks of demonstrations, we only had a...

  • For Baltimore 'hero mom,' video captures only part of her life's struggle

    For Baltimore 'hero mom,' video captures only part of her life's struggle

    Just over two weeks ago, Toya Graham was a recently unemployed single mother of six and grandmother of one struggling to scrape by in West Baltimore. Today, she's the beneficiary of a growing GoFundMe page, and a scholarship fund has been established for her 16-year-old son. She's fielding job...

  • Freddie Gray among many suspects who do not get medical care from Baltimore police

    Freddie Gray among many suspects who do not get medical care from Baltimore police

    When Baltimore State's Attorney Maryliyn Mosby charged six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, she said they had ignored Gray's pleas for medical care during his arrest and a 45-minute transport van ride. Records obtained by The Baltimore Sun show that city police often disregard or are...