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

Police departments across the country are under pressure to rethink their most aggressive tactics — and it's not just flashpoints like Ferguson and Baltimore. The New York Police Department is on the defensive about its long-standing approach known as "broken windows" policing.

Simply put, broken windows is the idea that police should aggressively crack down on low-level offenses to stop bigger crimes from happening. It's been copied all over the country, but now critics in New York say broken windows needs fixing.

Last Tuesday, after the riots on Monday night, self-identified gang members stood with Baltimore City Council President, Jack Young, to call for calm. Their behavior sparked controversy, as some believe they need to part of the conversation about change in Baltimore, while others hold the responsible for problems in low-income neighborhoods.

In this second hour of Midday, James Timpson, director of Safe Street Park Heights, a gang violence intervention program, joins us. Plus, we hear from Steve Dixon and Blaize Connelly Duggen, directors of the Penn-North Recovery Center about how they've helped hundred of West Baltimoreans get a second chance.

And, WYPR's senior news analyst Fraser Smith gives us his view of the ascent of State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby.

On Saturday, thousands gathered in front of City Hall to call for justice over the police custody death of Freddie Gray. Many showed their support for Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s decision to file criminal charges against the six officers involved in Gray’s arrest. In this hour  we’ll speak to Page Croyder, a former Deputy State's Attorney for the city, about Mosby’s actions.

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Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby on Friday announced that her office would seek criminal charges against the six officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray. As the world now knows, Freddie Gray suffered a fatal spine injury while in police custody. We wanted to explore how the decision will shape police policies and culture. With me in the studio is Tyrone Powers, former FBI agent and Director of the Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Institute at Anne Arundel Community College.

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  Even though there’s no break in the brilliant spring sunshine spilling over Baltimore and the rallies outside City Hall, in many ways the repercussions of Freddie Gray’s arrest and death have moved indoors.  To the courts. The most important next decisions--for the six police officers charged by the state’s attorney, as well as for hundreds arrested for looting and curfew violations--will be made by judges.  

So we’ve asked two lawyers to help us understand some of the legal questions raised in these cases.  David Rocah, senior staff attorney with the ACLU of Maryland, whose work has included litigation against the state police accused of spying on political activists, is with me in the studio. Joining us by phone is David Gray, professor of criminal law at the University of Maryland.  

Is This Moment A Youth Moment? We Talk With One Teen

May 4, 2015
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Last Friday in her press conference on the officers' charges, Marilyn Mosby stated, "to the youth, I will seek justice on your behalf. This is a moment; this is your moment. Let's ensure that we have peaceful and constructive  rallies that will develop structural and systemic changes for generations to come."

That was Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby last Friday, wrapping up her announcement of criminal charges against the police officers involved the arrest of Freddie Gray.

A few hours later, we talked with one of the young people Mosby was calling out to. Darius Craig is a senior at Digital Harbor High School, president of the student government there and the National Honor Society.  He organized a march last Tuesday

Over the past few weeks, the mystery of how Freddie Gray suffered a fatal injury to his spine began unraveling.

Gray died on April 19, 2015, a week after he was arrested by police. His death sparked daily protests in west Baltimore that boiled over into riots earlier this week.

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This week, we bring you three reads.

From Eliza Barclay, a reporter and editor on NPR's Science Desk:

Six Officers Charged In Freddie Gray Death

May 3, 2015


Six police officers have been charged in the death of Freddie Gray with counts ranging from manslaughter and assault to false imprisonment.  One officer was charged with second degree murder.

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For The Record: The Voices Of Baltimore

May 2, 2015

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Baltimore’s top prosecutor has announced criminal charges against all six officers who were suspended following the death of Freddie Gray in police custody.

State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, in announcing the charges today, said, “No one is above the law.”

Mosby says the death of Gray, from an unexplained spinal injury, “was a homicide.” She says his arrest was illegal in the first place — and that his treatment in custody amounted to murder and manslaughter.

It was a few days after the funeral for Freddie Gray, and the Baltimore streets that had exploded into violence this week had mostly calmed down.

Baltimore police wrapped up yesterday their investigation into the death of Freddie Gray - the 25 year old African American man who died from injuries sustained while in police custody. But the findings weren't released to the public. That disappointed many who have been searching for answers. 

When Marilyn Mosby was elected in January as state's attorney for the city of Baltimore, it's unlikely she had any inkling that just four months later she would be thrust into the national spotlight.

But as Mosby stood behind a bank of microphones Friday and announced criminal charges - including murder and manslaughter — against six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, it looked as though she was born into the job.

"I was sickened and heartbroken by the statement of charges that we heard today, because no one in our city is above the law. Justice must apply to all of us equally."

That's what Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said this afternoon in response to the news that the state's attorney for Baltimore City was bringing charges against six officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray.

  State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced today that all six police officers involved in the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray will face criminal charges.

It's really hard to catch up with Nick Mosby.

The young Baltimore Democrat walks fast, which I discovered when I finally managed to catch up with him. It was early Wednesday afternoon, and Mosby was in the lunchroom of Carver Vocational-Technical High School in West Baltimore, fresh from a TV hit on CNN.

The 'Out of the Blocks' team of WYPR radio producer Aaron Henkin and electronic musician Wendel Patrick put together this audio-portrait of the neighborhood that’s become the epicenter of civil unrest in Baltimore.  These are the voices of Baltimore City’s Penn North community…

Open Phones: Freddie Gray and Baltimore Uprising

May 1, 2015

As we look back at the past weeks’ protests and riots, we invite our listeners to share their comments on the Baltimore Uprising. Plus, police turn their investigation over to prosecutors, and a new stop during the transport of Freddie Gray comes to light. How can Baltimore heal? And what will this weekend’s protest bring?

All Six Officers In Freddie Gray Arrest Charged

May 1, 2015



All six Baltimore police officers involved in the April 12 arrest of Freddie Gray are facing criminal charges, including second degree murder, assault, manslaughter, and misconduct. At a press conference this morning, the Baltimore state’s attorney, Marilyn Mosby, said Freddie Gray’s death was ruled a homicide after an autopsy that had been expedited by the state’s medical examiner. Gray died April 19 from spinal cord injuries sustained within police custody. Arrest warrants have been issued for the officers. 

Revitalizing West Baltimore, Post-Unrest

May 1, 2015
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How will the unrest of the last week affect attempts to redevelop West Baltimore? We ask James Hamlin, a small business owner blocks south from the burned out CVS on North Avenue. Hamlin has run his bakery on Pennsylvania Avenue for years in an effort to revitalize the neighborhood. We also talk with the city’s former development chief Jay Brodie what it takes to persuade businesses to invest in the inner city. 

The death of Freddie Gray was a homicide, and six Baltimore police officers now face criminal charges that include second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter, Baltimore chief prosecutor Marilyn J. Mosby says.

Mosby announced the charges Friday morning, citing her office's "thorough and independent" investigation and the medical examiner's report on Gray's death. She said warrants were issued Friday for the officers' arrest.

More National Guard troops are heading to Baltimore to supplement those deployed last night after the riots that followed the funeral for 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who died after suffering injuries while being detained by police.

Baltimore City Councilor Nick Mosby represents the seventh district, where the majority of last night’s destruction and violence took place. He speaks with Here & Now’s Robin Young.

The White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday brought journalism bigwigs together for a night of laughs and selfies. The president told some jokes and major broadcast stations responded with wall to wall coverage.

Gray Family Attorney: Billy Murphy

Apr 30, 2015

We continue our coverage of Baltimore as the police department have turned over their report on the death of Freddie Gray to the city’s first-term state’s attorney, Marilyn Mosby. Billy Murphy, the attorney for the family of Freddie Gray will be joining us.

  For the musicians of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, this may have been the ultimate, “Hey, kids, let’s put on a show” moment. They whipped together a free, lunch-time concert on the plaza in front of the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall Wednesday in barely 24 hours.

We continue our coverage of Baltimore’s state of emergency and our conversations about the roots of the anger and frustration being expressed in the streets of our city. Our guests include the Rev. Kinji Scott, one of those who tried to intervene between police and rioters on Monday; Michael Pinard, law professor the University of Maryland; and Natalie Finegar, deputy district public defender for Baltimore City. Open phone lines again as we keep the conversation going about Baltimore’s crisis. 

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Violent protests this week have laid bare the frustration of some communities in the city about how they’re treated by Baltimore police. What is the police department doing to repair these frayed relationships? We ask Chief Ganesha Martin, the Chief of Community Relations.