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

Policy and Prognosis Prosecuted At Porter Trial

Dec 17, 2015

A former Baltimore cop, now a Virginia police chief, said Thursday police Officer William Porter did everything he could to help 25-year-old Freddie Gray; continuing the defense argument that Porter does not bear responsibility for Gray’s April death from a broken neck.

WYPR Coverage of Porter Mistrial

Dec 16, 2015
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Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams declared a mistrial Wednesday afternoon after the jurors in the case of Officer William Porter said they were hopelessly deadlocked on all four counts against him.

Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said Monday that a report from a police think tank confirmed many of the same concerns the department had after unrest last April in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray.

The report prepared by the Police Executive Research Forum, PERF, said the department was hampered by poor planning and poor communication.

Body Camera Pilot Program Launches In City

Oct 28, 2015

  Baltimore Police launched Monday their body camera pilot program by sharing how the program will go for the next 54 days.

At the end of the program, the department will award a contract in Feb. 2016 and begin assigning officers who are on patrol or have regular interactions with the public.

Deputy Commissioner Dean Palmere said a program will be fully implemented by 2018.

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About a third of all Americans have a criminal record; less than 5 percent for violent crimes. Those of us who don’t have records are probably aware of some of the consequences, like fines, probation, jail time and parole. We may not be aware of collateral consequences that affect employment, public assistance, housing and voting rights. For example, ex-felons earn about 40 percent less annually than non- felons.

Several new laws take effect tomorrow that could allow Marylanders with criminal records to expunge or shield from public view certain parts of them. One of the new laws would also allow actions that are no longer crimes, like possession of small amounts of marijuana, to be removed from peoples’ records.

With Sheilah to talk more about the new laws is Caryn Aslan, Senior Policy Advocate at the non-profit Job Opportunities Task Force. She’s spent years lobbying in Annapolis to adopt laws to make it possible for people with a record to remove those marks. Joining them is Danielle. She’s 37, has 7 children and a criminal record for an arrest that resulted in no trial and no conviction. The offense occurred during a domestic violence dispute in 2002. 

Protestors Applaud Judge's Decision

Sep 11, 2015

Protesters say they won a victory today when Judge Barry Williams decided to keep the trials of the six indicted police officers in the Freddie Gray case in the city.

Just before the judge announced his decision, it was a tense scene. About three dozen protesters and the news media were corralled by the sheriff’s department onto the sidewalk in front of the courthouse.  

Open Phones: The Payout To Freddie Gray's Family

Sep 9, 2015

Open phones for listener comment about the top news of Baltimore and our region, including the vote by Baltimore's Board of Estimates to pay the family of Freddie Gray 6.4 million dollars. 

 

The Baltimore City Law Department has reached a tentative $6.4 million settlement with the family of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old man who suffered a fatal spine injury while in police custody.

The proposed settlement still has to be approved by the city's Board of Estimates, which is comprised of five city leaders including the mayor and the president of the city council.

Judge Denies Defense Motions in Freddie Gray Case

Sep 4, 2015

Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams denied defense motions Wednesday to dismiss the charges against the officers involved in the Freddie Gray case and to remove State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby and her office from the case.

Officers To Be Tried Separately In Freddie Gray Case

Sep 4, 2015

Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams ordered Wednesday separate trials for the six officers accused in the death in police custody of Freddie Gray.

Williams said a joint trial would “not be in the interest of justice” and ordered the separate trials.

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