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Opinions on Freddie Gray & Baltimore unrest

Find submitted op-eds and other opinions on the case of Freddie Gray's death and the resulting protests, demonstrations and riots in Baltimore.

  • Better relationships for a better Baltimore

    Better relationships for a better Baltimore

    I am a white male in my forties, but that does not define who I am. Early on in my career in education I realized this was true for my students as well. I realized my early struggles in teaching had nothing to do with my students being black or with them living in poverty. It had to do with me....

  • Who will step forward to lead a new Baltimore?

    Who will step forward to lead a new Baltimore?

    Let's begin with some sober observations about recent events in and around my hometown of Baltimore. The tragic story lines playing out in West Baltimore are by now familiar: an arrest and subsequent death of a young black man in police custody; peaceful and not-so-peaceful demonstrations; burning...

  • Must police 'run amok' to preserve justice?

    Must police 'run amok' to preserve justice?

    In the wake of the rise in homicides in Baltimore, certain members of Baltimore's police department are promoting a deceptive and dangerous narrative, translating the public's demands for more humane policing as a request for impotent policing. Some believe that attempts to hold officers who caused...

  • 'Prevention science' can improve Baltimore's future

    'Prevention science' can improve Baltimore's future

    Similar to Hurricane Katrina, when the nation's attention turned to the abject poverty in the South, the unrest following the death of Freddie Gray has unveiled the deep-seated and longstanding neglect in Baltimore. Over the past century, Baltimore has become a tinderbox, easily ignited and difficult...

  • Freddie Gray case, handling of police misconduct files reveal broken Baltimore justice system

    Freddie Gray case, handling of police misconduct files reveal broken Baltimore justice system

    The national media came and went with the riots in Baltimore, taking with it a call for action for criminal justice reform. The roots of the unrest and reasons behind the protests continue to be ignored. The Justice Department's review and pledges of community investment are quick fixes that gloss...

  • Racial profiling and Freddie Gray

    Racial profiling and Freddie Gray

    Attorney General Brian E. Frosh is poised to take a commendable step today in the effort to restore trust between the police and minority communities by issuing a set of guidelines designed to stop officers from using race, ethnicity or other characteristics as a factor in routine law enforcement....

  • Police charges in Freddie Gray case are incompetent at best

    Police charges in Freddie Gray case are incompetent at best

    Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby's "quick" and "decisive" action in charging six Baltimore police officers a mere two weeks after the death of Freddie Gray reflects either incompetence or an unethical recklessness. Alan Dershowitz, the noted defense attorney, sharply criticized her for...

  • Baltimore's problems not rooted in racist police

    Baltimore's problems not rooted in racist police

    Attorney General Loretta Lynch has announced a Justice Department investigation to determine whether the Baltimore Police Department’s practices are unconstitutional and violate civil rights; in short, whether or not the police force there is racist. It will come as no surprise if the investigation...

  • Freddie Gray gives us an opportunity to correct past mistakes

    Freddie Gray gives us an opportunity to correct past mistakes

    My father, through the Enterprise Foundation, started investing in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhoods 25 years ago with the hope of proving that it was cheaper for society to fix the problems in a poor inner-city neighborhood, than it was to ignore them. His hope was by addressing all of the...

  • Freddie Gray shows us it's time to lead in Baltimore and beyond

    Freddie Gray shows us it's time to lead in Baltimore and beyond

    The fires on Baltimore's streets have again lit up the questions of race, violence, justice. These are not new questions. As Maryland's lieutenant governor from 1995 to 2003, I was responsible for instituting criminal justice reforms that focused on prevention, early intervention and the building...

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