Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis gave his force an A+ on Thursday for how it handled the protests after a mistrial was declared Wednesday in the case against Officer William G. Porter, but he shared the credit for the high mark with the protesters themselves.
One activist was led away in handcuffs outside the Circuit Court for Baltimore City as protesters faced off with sheriff's deputies shortly after a mistrial was declared in the trial of Baltimore Police Officer William G. Porter.
Law enforcement officers from across Maryland have joined Baltimore police on city streets Wednesday as "peacekeepers," Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said, pledging to respect the rights of lawful protesters.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Wednesday defended the city's decision to call in heavily-armored police officers from surrounding counties in anticipation of a verdict in the trial of Officer William Porter.
The mayor activated an emergency headquarters, the city school system warned students against violence and even the Obama administration asked for calm Monday as Baltimore began the wait for a verdict in the first trial of a police officer in the Freddie Gray case.
City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young was the lone member of Baltimore's spending board to vote Wednesday against the Rawlings-Blake administration's decision to pay outside legal counsel $2 million for representation in the federal probe of the Police Department.
Baltimore's mayor and police commissioner, concerned about the possibility of a return to the unrest of April, urged residents on Wednesday to react "respectfully" when a verdict is announced in the trial of Officer William Porter.
I'm fearful that if the officer in the Freddie Gray case is not convicted on all counts against him, Baltimore City will explode into violence on a large scale with the community "leadership" calling the trial a sham and a travesty and a miscarriage of justice simply because the result wasn't the one that they desired.
Updates and analysis of jury selection in the trial of the first of six Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, with Sun reporter Kevin Rector and J. Amy Dillard, associate professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law; plus, Baltimore City Councilman Carl Stokes on why he¿s again running for mayor.
The 25-year-old's death from a spinal injury sustained in police custody made Freddie Gray a flashpoint in the nationwide debate over police brutality and sparked rioting in April that destroyed or damaged 380 businesses across Baltimore. Now, as Baltimore braces for the prosecution of six officers charged in his arrest and death, many in the city and around the nation see Gray as a symbol in the fight for equal justice - even as attorneys raise his past as an issue in motions related to the first trial, which begins Nov. 30.
Cities across the United States that have not experienced large-scale rioting in decades would be "well-advised" to learn from the Baltimore Police Department's mistakes and ensure they are prepared themselves, a law enforcement think tank wrote in its new review of the department's handling of the unrest here in April.
The group's 79-page independent report, which then-Commissioner Anthony W. Batts requested as an outside check on his department's self-evaluation after the unrest, is set to be released publicly on Monday. Produced with direct input from police commanders and other stakeholders and partners in the department's response to the unrest, it provides new, top-level explanations for consequential decisions and new details that bolster existing criticisms. It also highlights gaps in knowledge about
With Saturday's fatal stabbing of a 27-year-old man in West Baltimore and fatal shooting of a 22-year-old in Westport, the city's annual homicide count passed 300 for the first time since 1999, pushing the city across a deadly threshold once considered a relic of the past.
Looking back now, April 27 unfolded in Baltimore in a way that seems both unimaginable yet also predictable. Unlike previous police custody deaths, Freddie Gray's struck a deep and still raw nerve. It likely was too much to expect that volatility to remain beneath the surface, even for one day. And indeed, as interviews and government documents obtained by The Baltimore Sun attest, there were multiple warning signs of impending trouble. But in the end, the city seemed largely in the position of
Defense attorneys for the first Baltimore police officer due in court in the Freddie Gray case have asked that jurors be fully sequestered during trial — including by being put up in a taxpayer-funded hotel with no access to their cellphones, limited access to television and sheriff's deputies monitoring any interactions they have with their family and friends.
Former NAACP President Ben Jealous and the Center for American Progress on Friday plan to release a six-point plan to improve policing in Baltimore that includes the firing of "corrupt" officers and the removal of gag orders from police misconduct settlements.
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Wednesday the city was not as prepared as it should have been for the April riots and said her administration is taking additional steps to ready itself ahead of the trials of the six police officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray.
A 21-year-old Baltimore man has been charged with malicious destruction of a commercial building in relation to the burning of a West Baltimore liquor store during rioting and looting in the city in April, federal prosecutors announced Thursday.
Teens can be crude, mean, prickly, and obnoxious, but they are not dumb. And often, their disinterest in being polite, and even their lack of awareness about the verisimilitude of what we adults think of as the complexity or subtlety of an event affords them a special kind of insight. "The 2015 Baltimore Uprising: A Teen Epistolary," a zine that gathers tweets from Baltimore teens starting a few days after Freddie Gray's death and ending in the days following the curfew (the final tweet in the
There has been a fair amount of confusion around Baltimore and beyond over what to call "the events" of April. Riots? Unrest? Neither word seems to adequately capture what transpired this spring and continues today. We call it an uprising. A look at what happened shows why.
The local police union in Baltimore asked Monday for donations to bolster its "distress fund" supporting the six officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, saying the "extremely lengthy" legal process ahead — including six separate trials — threatens to overwhelm the fund despite an outpouring of support following the officers' indictments.
By withdrawing from the 2016 race, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Friday, she could avoid the distractions of a campaign and focus on governing a city on edge over the trials of six police officers charged in Freddie Gray's arrest and death. Supporters championed the move as a sign of the mayor's selflessness. Detractors say she simply saw no path to victory with lagging approval ratings and a campaign loaded with credible contenders
Now that Judge Barry "No Nonsense" Williams has ruled that the six police officers charged in connection with Freddie Gray's death must stand trial in Baltimore, I'm trying to imagine jury selection — the kinds of questions we might get during voir dire, and the answers we might give. It's a mind game nearly 300,000 jury-duty-eligible Baltimoreans can play.
As attorneys argue in court Thursday over moving the Freddie Gray case out of Baltimore, the tensions driving the discussion will be on full display outside, with traffic diverted and police staging around protesters calling for justice.
Responding to a sense of social inequity that boiled over in poor Baltimore neighborhoods following the death of Freddie Gray in police custody in April, area hospitals want to hire 1,000 extra entry-level workers to clean the floors and transport patients, as well as counsel addicts and guide people into health insurance.
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's administration plans to pay Freddie Gray's family $6.4 million as a settlement for civil claims in his arrest and death — an extraordinary payment in a lawsuit against city police.