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Running from Cops

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Two Baltimore men. Two shocking court battles. Two lives changed. Listen to the full show here:

Greg Butler became the face of the city's 2015 unrest when he stabbed a fire hose on live TV. He faced 25 years in federal prison - but the end of his case surprised everyone. Hear his story:

Jay Cook died in 2007, after a foot chase by Baltimore cops.  When his parents asked why, they faced a wall of lies and bureaucracy and evasion that reached all the way to the courts.

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In this Reveal/WYPR collaboration, we look at two cases of running from cops that reveal some truths about the intersection of policing and the courts.

Reporter Mary Rose Madden brings us the story of Jay Cook. He died in 2007 after a foot chase by Baltimore cops. When his parents asked why, they faced a wall of bureaucracy and evasion. 

Click here for a map showing the distance between the sites where Freddie Gray, Greg Butler and Jay Cook ran from police. 

Running from the Cops: Who is Greg Butler?

May 5, 2017
Algerina Perna / Baltimore Sun

Two years ago in Baltimore, Freddie Gray died from injuries sustained while in police custody, setting off days of peaceful protests -and eventually, violent ones. But it all started when Gray, a 25-year-old black man, turned and ran from the police who were patrolling his neighborhood.  

In this Reveal/WYPR collaboration--we look at two cases of running from cops that reveal some truths about the intersection of policing and the courts.

First up, reporter Mary Wiltenburg brings us the story of Greg Butler, a young man who took part in protests in Baltimore after Freddie Gray's death. At the age of 21 he cut a hole in a fire hose on Pennsylvania Avenue and ran from the cops. Butler narrowly escaped jail time for that act.  

Click here for a map showing the distance between the sites where Freddie Gray, Greg Butler and Jay Cook ran from police.