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Freddie Gray

WYPR, WEAA and NPR collection of stories around the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody.

The Maryland Historical Society has unveiled a new website that features photographs, videos and oral histories from the recent civil unrest in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray.

The website,, is a collaborative effort between the historical society and faculty from the University of Baltimore and the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

The head of a Korean business association has accused Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake of prejudice as she butts heads with Governor Larry Hogan over whether recovery loans should go to certain liquor stores damaged during riots after Freddie Gray’s death in April.

Programming Note: Today, we start a police reform series called, "On The Watch: Fixing The Fractured Relationship Between Baltimore's Police And Its Communities".  The series will run for the next twelve months.  Please email the reporter at with any comments or suggestions.

Crime in Baltimore is up, but police presence is down, residents say.  Arrests have plummeted, open air drug markets operate freely and since May 1, six homicide victims were under 18.

Sen. Barbara Mikulski was in Sandtown Monday to talk with clergy about criminal justice reforms at the federal level, and discussed measures being considered in the Senate aimed at strengthening police-community relations.

Mikulski is the top-ranking Democrat on the Senate Appropriations committee.  That committee gave approval last week to a spending bill that includes initiatives Mikulski thinks can improve policing. She said the protests following the death of Freddie Gray from injuries sustained in police custodies put light to a problem that exists in communities across the nation.

Midday Friday

Jun 12, 2015

Midday producer Melody Simmons visits two of the Baltimore neighborhoods, where last week's shootings occurred. And speaking of gun violence, Daniel Webster, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research, shares some encouraging news for Baltimore and Maryland about the impact of a handgun law in Connecticut. Rick Seltzer of the Baltimore Business Journal has an update on business recovery since the April 27 riot.

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As Baltimore reeled from a surge in homicides since April, Police Commissioner Anthony Batts insisted police are focused, and fighting. He said last week at a press conference that the spike in shootings was driven by 175,000 doses of prescription drugs looted from pharmacies during the rioting: "Criminals are selling those stolen drugs, there are turf wars happening which are leading to violence and shootings in our city. We have established a task force with our federal counterparts to bring state and federal charges against individuals who committed crimes, harmed our officers, and broke and looted our businesses in our city."

So far in June, at least 13 more people have died in homicides in Baltimore. We all want to understand the forces at work behind the onslaught of violence, and what could stop it. Deputy Commissioner Kevin Davis joins Sheilah now to talk about it.

A workgroup made up of Maryland lawmakers met today in Annapolis to start exploring potential policing and accountability reforms that can be done at the state level. It was a largely organizational meeting, but advocates ranging from the ACLU and the NAACP to Amnesty International and CASA de Maryland used the date as a chance to make it clear that advocates are ready to put pressure on lawmakers to make change happen.

The General Assembly's leadership convened the workgroup on public safety after protests against police use of force erupted across Baltimore following the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray from injuries sustained while in police custody.

Baltimore & The War On Drugs

Jun 8, 2015

A look at O'Malley-era zero-tolerance policing and the drug war, and their effect on the relationship between police and people in Baltimore’s poorest neighborhoods. Guest: Neill Franklin, a 34-year veteran of the Maryland State Police and Baltimore Police Department, now executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP).

Midday Friday

Jun 5, 2015

In this hour, a look at legal wrangling in the case of the ‪#‎FreddieGraySix with Prof. David Gray of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. Plus: Rona Kobell of the Chesapeake Bay Journal on Gov. Hogan's shakeup of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Our weekly business report comes from Rick Seltzer of the Baltimore Business Journal.

Matt Purdy

Amid a spike in homicides since the Baltimore riots in April, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake earlier this week pointed to a bright spot in efforts to reduce violence in the city: Safe Streets, an effort of the Baltimore City Health Department which hires mostly ex-offenders to stop violence in four Baltimore neighborhoods. It claims in reducing homicides in those areas. The Cherry Hill site where Safe Streets works hasn’t had a fatal shooting in a year.

We wanted to understand what Safe Streets’ interrupters are doing right and whether it could bring peace to gun-ravaged areas of the city. We sit down with Greg Marshburn, an Outreach Supervisor for Safe Streets at its Mondawmin site in West Baltimore, and Dante Barksdale, an Outreach Coordinator for Safe Streets, to talk about stopping violence in Baltimore.