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

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.

Conversations from the corner of Mount & Presbury Streets, where a new mural memorializes Freddie Gray; and a tour through a historical 19th century mill village in Hampden

Urban Scholar David Rusk

May 14, 2015
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As part of our continuing conversation about the city in the aftermath of Freddie Gray-related unrest, urban scholar David Rusk revisits "Baltimore Unbound," his 1995 prescription for a regional approach to solving Baltimore's social and economic problems in a sustainable way. 

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced Wednesday that former state Democratic Party head Michael Cryor will chair her One Baltimore initiative.

Rawlings-Blake, who unveiled the initiative last Thursday, described it as “a comprehensive, public-private initiative to support the ongoing efforts to facilitate opportunities for the city’s children, families and neighborhoods."

For example, One Baltimore would be the central contact to connect jobs that become available to people who need them and provide training.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

May 13, 2015

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake joins us to reflect on the protests, riots, and federal investigations spurred by the police custody death of Freddie Gray. We'll also hear her plans to encourage economic recovery for businesses impact by the riots, and to address the poverty and lack of opportunity in some of West Baltimore's neighborhoods.

The civil rights investigation of Baltimore’s police department that U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced last week is but one of three federal probes of policing in Baltimore. There’s also the “collaborative review” announced last October and a separate civil rights investigation into the Freddie Gray case.

Gray died of injuries sustained in police custody April 19.  Six officers involved with his detainment were charged in his death May 1.

Harnessing Momentum

May 12, 2015

In this hour, we revisit the infamous Rodney King beating and the Los Angeles riots of 1992 with civil rights activist and political commentator Earl Ofari Hutchinson. He’ll give us his thoughts on how the police department there has changed and whether community-police relations have improved.

Excessive Force in Baltimore

May 12, 2015

It turns out Freddie Gray was just one among thousands of arrested suspects turned away from Baltimore City jails due to physical injuries. In Sunday’s Baltimore Sun, reporters Mark Puente and Meredith Cohn revealed that over the past three years, thousands of arrested suspects showed up with a variety of medical problems ranging from hypertension to broken bones. We’ll hear from attorney A.

Local Manufacturing

May 11, 2015

In this second hour of Midday we narrow the focus of our conversation to manufacturing in Maryland. We'll hear from two local manufacturers about how they've maintained their production in Maryland, and a union rep about what role new jobs can play in creating opportunity in impoverished Baltimore communities. Our guests this hour are Drew Greenblatt, President of Marlin Steel, John Danko, President of Danko Arlington, and Jermaine Jones, the Business Manager of the Construction Laborers' Local 710. 

How Can Reshoring Help Baltimore?

May 11, 2015

Many of those who protested the death of Freddie Gray also called for more jobs to reduce unemployment and poverty in Baltimore. Today, a look at whether a trend of growth in manufacturing could help the Baltimore region.
The number of manufacturing jobs returning to the U.S. from overseas — or coming here for the first time — has hit a record level. Sixty thousand manufacturing jobs were added in the U.S. in 2014. A look at whether the Baltimore region will benefit from this trend.