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Running from Cops

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More than one black man in Baltimore has run from cops over the years. In April 2015, it was Freddie Gray, whose death in police custody touched off demonstrations and riots.

Back in 2007 it was Jay Cook, who died 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. 

Audio below.