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Freddie Gray

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

Baltimore police seem to ignore injuries suffered by detainees by the hundreds.

That's according to a review of records by The Baltimore Sun.

According to a report published by the paper this weekend, from June 2012 through April 2015, the Baltimore City Detention Center refused 2,600 detainees brought in by police because they were injured.

A View Of The Unrest From McElderry Park

May 11, 2015
Ian Freimuth / Creative Commons

The corner of North and Pennsylvania Avenues has become a stage for a national debate over race and policing. Nearby West Baltimore neighborhoods like Sandtown-Winchester have been the focus of a wider discussion of the social conditions fueling the unrest, and community efforts to rebuild. But, what about East Baltimore? Just like in West Baltimore, communities there have been working for decades to address challenges like unemployment, addiction, residential segregation, violence, and police brutality.

Baltimore’s public radio stations WEAA 88.9 FM and WYPR 88.1 FM announced a collaboration Monday in which the stations will share news resources and coverage assignments that may allow both stations to cover and produce news content relating to events surrounding the death of Freddie Gray.  


May 8, 2015

A talk about the effects of the recent disturbances on Baltimore life, with Richard Gorelick, restaurant critic of The Baltimore Sun; Sarah Meehan, who covers hospitality/tourism, minority business, marketing and new media for The Baltimore Business Journal; and Heather Harris, professor in business communications at Stevenson University.

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced Friday morning that the Justice Department will launch a full scale civil rights investigation into the Baltimore Police Department.

The announcement comes days after Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake requested the review and nearly two weeks after violence rocked the city in the aftermath of another in-custody death.

The Justice Department will look into whether city police engage in a “pattern or practice” of violating citizens’ constitutional rights.

Media Coverage and Politics

May 8, 2015

Observations about Baltimore's time in the national media spotlight and post-riot politics, with Jean Marbella of The Baltimore Sun, Chris Connolly of the WYPR News staff, and Kimberly Moffitt, associate professor of American Studies at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.


Words of protest and reflection from Baltimore poets & musicians, a preview of the music and art at the  Be More Benefit, and a grown man gets a sewing lesson from his mother

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan lifted the state of emergency on Wednesday that he initiated last Monday night after protests against the death of Freddie Gray turned into looting and rioting. The governor said there’s still a lot of work to be done to help the city recover and address the underlying cause of the rage that spilled out over the city’s streets.

From Greater Rosemont to Druid Heights, community leaders are seeing last week's riots in the city as an opportunity to attract the investment that by-passed Baltimore for other cities after riots in 1968 after the death of Rev. Martin Luther King.

"Hopefully if our leaders – not only government but the private sector, the foundations and everything – will get together and really focus and opportunities will be created," said Kelly Little,  former executive director of the Druid Heights Community Development Corporation.

The Role of Strong Black Women

May 7, 2015
P. Kenneth Burns / WYPR

Midday culture commentator Sheri Parks reflects on the role of strong black women in the crisis in Baltimore -- from the mayor and state's attorney to the mom who slapped her son and pulled him away from the April 27 rioting.