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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.

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.

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.

Batts Breaks His Silence

Sep 4, 2015
Washington Times

We heard this week from former Baltimore police Commissioner Anthony Batts for the first time since Mayor Rawlings-Blake fired him in July. Batts and two others spoke to nearly 600 students at a panel discussion Wednesday evening about justice in America at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg.

We thought you’d be interested in hearing some of the points Anthony Batts made at the college, and to get the view of a someone with a community perspective on Batts' three years heading Baltimore’s police force. City Councilman Brandon Scott, who represents the second district and is vice chair of the council’s public-safety committee, joins Sheilah by phone.

Hearings in the trial of six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray begin Wednesday. Mayor Rawlings-Blake said a few days ago that city officials know that an unpopular ruling by the judge could be a flashpoint for protests, and the city is preparing for that possibility. The pre-trial motions will be argued before Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams in two sessions – on Wednesday, and a week from Thursday, Sept. 10. Among the defense motions is one to move the trial out of Baltimore, and some to remove Baltimore State’s Attorney from prosecuting the case. Judge Williams already has ruled on some motions: last week, he rejected a subpoena by the defense lawyers for the prosecutors to take the witness stand at Wednesday’s hearing. Here to catch us up on what’s at stake on Wednesday is David Jaros, a law professor at the University of Baltimore and Doug Colbert, law professor from University of Maryland.

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Five decades ago, before the riots of 1968, Baltimore’s Sandtown neighborhood was a vibrant community of about 40,000 laborers, professionals and artists. These days less than half that many people live there, and the numbers paint a picture of a community in poor health, with high unemployment, deep poverty, and children not attending school regularly.

Yet, even with these struggles, the fabric of community relationships holds strong. The combination highlights the depth and stubbornness of the social problems in Sandtown.  The week after the riot and protests in April, we were asking the same questions as many residents and outsiders: what can bring stability to this part of West Baltimore? More jobs? Improved housing? Better coordinating leadership among these different groups ?

To talk about the investment in Sandtown, past and present, Elder Clyde Harris of Newborn Community Faith Church joined me in the studio.  He is a native of Sandtown, pastor, a community activist and an urban farmer.  With us on the line from the Washington Post  was  Michael Fletcher has lived in Baltimore for 30 years, and is national economics correspondent for the Post.

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake honored Wednesday students who wrote a song promoting the positive things about a city that has been reeling from the fall out of the death of Freddie Gray from an injury while in police custody in April.

The result was “Believe in Baltimore” composed by students in the Living Classrooms’ Believe in Music program.

7,000 Emails

Jul 29, 2015

Baltimore Sun reporters plummed through a massive amount of emails and other documents among city officials to give a picture of response to the April protests and riot following the death of Freddie Gray. Two of the reporters, Luke Broadwater and Ian Duncan, join Dan Rodricks at noon to discuss their findings.