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Baltimore Cleans Up After A Dark Night

Apr 29, 2015
Matt Purdy

After a dark night in Baltimore, the sun rose yesterday on a city intent on knitting itself back together. Hundreds of residents from across the city descended on the Mondawmin Mall area and Penn North neighborhood to clean up the devastation. We spoke with residents about their views of what triggered the violence, what might come of it, and what their hopes are.

Matt Purdy

What happened in Baltimore this week was nowhere near as extensive, destructive or deadly as the four days and nights of civil unrest that ripped through the city after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968. The toll then included six dead, more than 700 people injured, more than 5,000 people arrested, a thousand businesses looted, vandalized or burned, tens of millions of dollars in damage.

To help us review what we learned from the events of 46 years ago, and what we can learn from this week, we asked lawyer-historian-political consultant Larry Gibson to join us. He’s a professor at the University of Maryland Law School, author of the biography Young Thurgood and architect of dozens of successful campaigns for Democratic candidates. Larry Gibson joins Sheilah in the studio.

This week's Baltimore riot could not have happened to a nicer city.

Baltimore residents welcome strangers and even call them "hon." They sit on benches painted with the slogan "The Greatest City in America."

Baltimore is also where people looted stores and burned cars Monday night. They did it when a man died a week after being arrested.

Zeke Berzoff-Cohen/The Intersection

The day after riots shocked the city, several dozen people gathered for what was billed as a youth-led listening session called “Listen Up, Baltimore.”  It was organized by The Intersection, a non-profit that works with high-school students on leadership and college preparation. 

We sat down with three students who had taken  part in the community discussion, and asked them their thoughts on recent events in Baltimore. We hear from Dawnya Johnson, 18; Hassan Banks, 12; and Victorius Swift, 17. 

What Is The Impact Of The Protests In Baltimore?

Apr 27, 2015
Nick Fountain, NPR

This afternoon, Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old Baltimore man who died a week after his spine was broken while in police custody, will be laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery, after a funeral service this morning at New Shiloh Baptist Church in West Baltimore. For more than a week, protesters have marched through the city, demanding to know what happened to Freddie Gray. The largest protest came on Saturday night.

Protests continued in Baltimore as crowds gathered throughout the city calling for accountability in the death of Freddie Gray , a 25 year old African American man who died Sunday from spinal injuries obtained while in police custody.

Jonna McKone

The U.S. Justice Department is now investigating whether Baltimore City police violated the civil rights of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old who died Sunday, a week after he was injured while in police custody.

Police arrested Gray after a foot chase in Baltimore’s Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood. A police report obtained by "The Baltimore Sun" said Gray was quote "arrested without force or incident”. The question investigators are trying to answer: how was he injured? Officials say they will conclude their criminal investigation by May 1st. With us by phone to talk through some of the questions this case raises is Susan Goering, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland. Also with us is David Gray, Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.