Freddie Gray

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

The Moving to Opportunity Experiment

May 21, 2015

We take a look at the Moving to Opportunity experiment of the 1990s, where participating low-income families received housing vouchers to move out of housing projects. Is moving poor kids out of Baltimore the answer? We'll hear from Harvard economist Raj Chetty on the economic outcomes for children who participated in Moving to Opportunity. Plus pediatrician and assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Rachel Johnson Thornton, speaks about the health outcomes for children living in communities of concentrated poverty.

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore's top prosecutor has filed a blistering response to a motion from the lawyers representing six police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray.

The defense lawyers say State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby has conflicts of interest that should force her to step aside and have an independent prosecutor handle the case. They accused her of charging the officers with crimes to prevent more rioting in the district represented by her husband, a city councilman. And they say she's too close to an attorney who represents Gray's family.


The Freddie Gray case has brought renew attention to a decades old  state law outlining due process for officers accused of wrong doing called the Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights, or LEOBR.

Governor Marvin Mandel signed the bill into law with little fanfare on May 31, 1974. The Baltimore Sun mentioned it a day later as part of a list of bills that Mandel signed.

Baltimore By The Numbers

May 20, 2015

Jennifer Vey, fellow of the metropolitan policy program at the Brookings Institution, breaks down Baltimore by the numbers -- how the city and region stacks up against others in terms of education and income. Plus, Barbara Samuels, the veteran fair-housing attorney for the ACLU of Maryland joins us with a look at look at efforts to break up Baltimore's concentrated inner-city poverty with more affordable housing choices for low-income families.

The Fraternal Order Of Police

May 19, 2015

For Baltimore City Police, re-gaining the trust of citizens has been a hot topic of conversation since the death of 25-year old Freddie last month.  In this hour of Midday, Sergeant Robert Cherry, former president of Baltimore City’s police union, and Officer Elliot Cohen join Dan for a discussion of police practices, union policies, and how the city can improve police-community relations.

With production help from Midday intern Alia Satterfield. 

Baltimore-based IT editor for Conde Nast's Ars Technica, Sean Gallgher, and Baltimore Sun intelligence and military reporter, Ian Duncan, join Midday to talk tech. We’ll cover the recent ruling on the NSA bulk data collection program, FBI surveillance during the Baltimore riots, and how to navigate the Internet without being detected. Plus, Microsoft debuts the “HoloLens,” a headset that superimposes graphics over what you see. Will holograms come to replace televisions and computers?

The Dagger Newspaper

When Baltimore was shaken by protests three weeks ago, some of them violent, State Senator Catherine Pugh, a Democrat, could be found night and day on the streets of Sandtown-Winchester and other neighborhoods in her West Baltimore district.   Senator J.B. Jennings, a Republican who represents parts Harford and Baltimore Counties, lives in Joppa, but he was also on the streets of Baltimore after the April 27 riots. He was called to service as a member of the Air National Guard.

Senator Pugh is majority leader of the state senate, and will co-chair the work group appointed by the legislature’s presiding officers after the riots, to look at police and public safety issues. Senator Jennings is minority leader of the senate, and will serve on that task force.  

Midday Friday

May 15, 2015

A conversation with Don Fry, president and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee, and Edwin Brake, managing partner of the Ellin & Tucker accounting firm, on how the business community should respond to issues raised by the recent unrest in the city. Plus, a news update from Rick Seltzer of the Baltimore Business Journal, and a preview of the 2015 Preakness.

Image from the research of UMD's Ed Summers

Archives are spaces in which materials of historic interest or cultural significance are stored and ordered. Archives have a unique power to capture and even shape collective memory, from  physical objects to digital material to sorting vast amounts of information. In light of the immense amount of documentation surrounding the unrest following Freddie Gray’s funeral in Baltimore, we want to understand the role of archives in bringing some materials to light, and ask whether that risks marginalizing others.

The Maryland Historical Society has put out a call for professional and amateur photographers to send in images documenting the Freddie Gray protests, and the unrest and clean-up that followed.  In College Park, the University of Maryland’s Institute of Technology in the Humanities, or MITH, already had been collecting tweets relating to events in Ferguson last summer and analyzing them in workshops as part of the university-wide #BlackLivesMatter movement.

Police-Community Relations And Race

May 15, 2015
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Not long after Police Commissioner Anthony Batts arrived in Baltimore in September 2012, he established a unit to focus on community partnerships. He put veteran Lt. Col. Melvin Russell in charge of the division. Today, we’re going to revisit a conversation we had with Lt. Col. Russell two years ago, as part of our year-long series on race and inequality, The Lines Between Us. Like many of the topics discussed in that series, Lt. Col. Russell’s thoughts bear repeating now.