Eliyahu Werdesheim, the member of the Orthodox Jewish citizens' watch group who was convicted of assaulting a black teenager in Northwest Baltimore, avoided prison and will serve three years probation.
State Delegate Pat McDonough's press release alleging that "black youth mobs terrorize" downtown Baltimore has certainly set off a firestorm of debate. But what about the nature of that discussion particularly as it relates to the matter of race?
The trial of the Werdesheim brothers who as part of a citizen patrol are accused of assaulting a teenager highlights how there are those who want to take both police and legal matters into their own hands. A case for letting giving the criminal justice system, however imperfect, a chance to work.
With Trayvon Martin a household name, two brothers accused of beating a black teen during a citizen's patrol now want their trial delayed or moved. The Sun's Tricia Bishop reports today on efforts to distance the case in Baltimore with the one in Florida.
There were at least as many police officers as protesters in front of City Hall Tuesday evening after a group of about 40 people walked there from the site of a planned youth jail in downtown Baltimore.