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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.