Prosecutors are expected to test a novel legal theory this week in the trial of a police officer charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray— that the officer didn't have the authority to detain him and therefore committed an assault by putting him in handcuffs.
Weeks before the one-year anniversary of the death of Freddie Gray, I was upset by an incident that occurred outside of my Canton home, but horrified to see the response by emergency services after 911 was called.
Minutes before the sand mandala was destroyed, I turned to the 6-year-old next to me. "My God," I exclaimed with feigned panic, "those monks spent five days making that beautiful creation. Now they're going to ruin it. Can't we stop them?" The poor boy looked up at me, then patiently explained: "They've been on tour for almost a year. I think they know what they're doing." As it turned out, the monks were in Baltimore to construct peace as much as to construct a mandala.
One year ago today, the voices of Frederick Douglass High School were mere footnotes after riot scenes that projected worldwide from neighboring Mondawmin Mall painted the school as the epicenter of chaos, and them as the culprits.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake called on Baltimoreans Wednesday regardless of "race, religion or social or economic status" to come together to reflect on the city's needs, one year after the unrest that followed Freddie Gray's death.
As a crowd of several hundred local residents, clergy members, politicians, police and media convened at the corner of Pennsylvania and North avenues in West Baltimore on Sunday for a "Unity March" in remembrance of Freddie Gray, two themes quickly emerged — hope and politics.
One tumultuous year has passed since anger over the death of Freddie Gray from spinal injuries suffered in police custody erupted into rioting. During that time, a virtual microscope has been trained on Baltimore in search of the larger meaning of that day: April 27, 2015.
Children escape their lives to "just be kids" at the Penn North Kids Safe Zone in West Baltimore. It's one of several efforts to change the narrative in Sandtown-Winchester, the West Baltimore neighborhood where Freddie Gray was arrested last April.
Prince, the popular and virtuosic musician who died Thursday at age 57, was known for maintaining his Minneapolis roots. He also made an impression on Baltimore at a critical moment — as the city dealt with the death of Freddie Gray and the unrest that followed. He came at a time when other celebrities of his caliber did not.
The place was the Physical Education Complex at Coppin State University, which happens to sit in the shadow of Mondawmin Mall, the flashpoint for the rioting that spread through West Baltimore a week after the death of Freddie Gray almost exactly a year ago. The event was called Shooting 4 Peace and the intent was to promote unity in the inner city. The game pitted a traveling Christian group of former NBA players called SportsPower International against a team of Baltimore All-Stars made up of
A half-century before the death of Freddie Gray, Baltimoreans were rattled by the death of another young black man at the hands of police. Vernon Leopold was sitting on his mother's porch when a police officer questioned him. Police said Leopold pulled a knife and stabbed the officer, who pulled a gun and shot him to death. Witnesses said the officer had been drinking and provoked an altercation.
Months after asking the U.S. Department of Justice to reform the Baltimore police force, Commissioner Anthony W. Batts went before a City Council committee to detail how much force officers used during arrests.
A federal judge accepted an offer by Baltimore City to pay $200,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by a police trainee who was accidentally shot during a 2013 training exercise, citing a state law that caps such payments at that amount. But the trainee rejected the settlement as inadequate and plans to appeal.
I lost a lot of respect for the national media, while I gained some for local TV. I came to realize there are news outlets so ideologically oriented they might be beyond redemption. I still value — more than anything else — presenting audiences with factual information, but I am no longer sure that doing so is doing enough. One year after the death of Freddie Gray, these are some of the things I learned from the countless hours of coverage I watched.