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Freddie Gray

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

Baltimore’s police union announced Wednesday that it is launching a review of the police department’s actions in the days following Freddie Gray’s death from injuries sustained while in police custody.

Lt. Gene Ryan, president of the local Fraternal Order of Police, said more than 160 officers were injured during the riots after Gray’s funeral last month. He wants to clear up questions about what orders were given so that police officers will be safe should a similar situation arise in the future.  

In a little less than a month, the six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray will be arraigned in Baltimore Circuit Court. There are a number of questions outstanding in this case –more will crop up as more details emerge – but some big ones have already developed.

Federal and Baltimore law enforcement officials say enough drugs were looted from pharmacies in the riots in late April to keep the city high for a year.  And they are still counting.

The LAPD In The Wake Of Rodney King

Jun 2, 2015

What reforms did the Los Angeles Police Department enact after the Rodney King beating and riots of 1992? Did these reforms manage to decrease complaints of police brutality? We’ll hear from Joe Domanick, associate director of the Center on Media, Crime and Justice at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and author of the forthcoming book, “Blue: The LAPD and the Battle to Redeem American Policing,” on how the LAPD has changed and what the Baltimore police department may be able to glean from their choices.

One of the issues raised in the wake of riots after the death of Freddie Gray in police custody was the lack of jobs in his neighborhood.  More than a quarter of the adults there are out of work.

But it's not just a lack of jobs that's the problem; it's making sure people who get past the interview can hold the job down.

Kelly Little, former executive director of the Druid Heights Community Development Corporation, said a company approached his organization in April wanting to hire people from the community.

Baltimore in Crisis

May 28, 2015

Homicides in Baltimore have hit a record high, 38 murders; the highest monthly total since 1999. As the spike in violent crime continues, we hear from Kevin Shird, a former drug dealer turned youth advocate, and Wes Moore, the author of the bestseller "The Other Wes Moore," and an Army veteran and former White House aide, on how Baltimore communities can reach young people.

Until last month, part of the narrative surrounding Martin O’Malley was that he was the generally successful mayor of a big city; a mayor whose so-called ‘zero-tolerance’ or ‘broken windows’ approach to policing led to an overall drop in murders.

Then the riots happened.

Towson University assistant professor of political science John Bullock says that tough-on-crime approach under O’Malley damaged the relationship between some residents and police.

Local foundations and the federal government have promised to funnel money into Baltimore for job training programs to respond to some of the communities’ needs articulated during the weeks or protests after the death of Freddie Gray. But what happens when the jobs don’t materialize?

For the first time since the city's unrest on April 27, Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts talked openly yesterday about the situation his department faces as they try to re-build relationships with the community. He said it's a time of uncertainty for the city.

All six officers charged in the Freddie Gray case have been indicted by the city’s grand jury, Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn said at a press conference on Thursday.

She also announced that reckless endangerment charges were added against each of the officers.

“Additional information has been discovered and as is often the case during an ongoing investigation, charges can and should be revised based upon the evidence,” Mosby said.

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