Protests continued outside City Hall Thursday, just hours after Baltimore police arrested 16 people who occupied City Hall overnight after a City Council committee approved the permanent appointment of interim Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis on Wednesday.
Organizers of the Penn North Safe Zone and about two dozen students came to City Hall Wednesday to ask Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to supply funding for a group that's providing activities for young people in one of Baltimore's toughest neighborhoods.
A Baltimore Circuit Court judge upheld Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's authority to impose a curfew amid the unrest following the death of Freddie Gray, while dismissing a curfew charge filed against an Annapolis man arrested outside City Hall.
With emerald ash borers already claiming their first victims in Baltimore, the city is moving to protect some of its largest street trees from the invasive green Asian beetles that have already shredded the urban forest canopy in communities across North America.
State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby, who announced charges in the prosecution of the Baltimore police officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray, comes from a family steeped in law enforcement — a connection she pointedly mentioned in her news conference. But the 35-year-old prosecutor also pledged during her 2014 campaign to prosecute officers when needed, saying, "No one is above the law."
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Friday that she was "sickened and heartbroken" listening to the statement of charges brought by State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby against six Baltimore police officers who took part in the arrest of Freddie Gray.
The Rev. Jamal Bryant has called for the arrest on murder charges of the six Baltimore police officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray. Other members of the clergy see their roles very differently.
Hundreds of protesters poured onto the streets of downtown Baltimore Thursday, halting rush-hour traffic as they marched on the fifth consecutive day of demonstrations since the death of Freddie Gray in police custody.
Tensions remained high across Baltimore Tuesday, from the West Baltimore neighborhoods where hundreds of protesters called for the prosecution of police to inside City Hall, where council members quizzed police brass looking for answers as to how Freddie Gray died in police custody. Protesters turned out for a third consecutive day of demonstrations following Gray's death, this time gathering at the intersection where Gray was arrested and marching to the Western District police station.
Members of the Baltimore City Council are taking aim at the mayor's power. The moves come amid growing acrimony at City Hall after Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake vetoed two bills that passed the council overwhelmingly.