Maryland

P. Kenneth Burns

Lawyers for the state and the six accused officers in Freddie Gray’s death will be arguing before the Court of Appeals Thursday morning at 10:00.  Click here to see the arguments in Annapolis as they happen.

Baltimore Police

The Freddie Gray case lands in the Court of Appeals Thursday as prosecutors and defense lawyers argue whether Officer William Porter should, or should not, be forced to testify against his five co-defendants during their trials.

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Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s seventh, and final, State of the City address was mostly a reflective speech that looked back on her tenure as mayor.

The mayor, who is not running for re-election, focused the first part of her speech on the months since riots erupted after the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody last April.  She paid tribute to first responders from the city and surrounding jurisdictions that assisted the city at that time.

P. Kenneth Burns

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake often talks of her commitment to police reform. She says her background shows she’s "very meaningful" and "intentional" about "getting [it] right."

But her record is a mixed bag of pushing her own ideas for reform and avoiding a definitive stance on a policing strategy that has been roundly criticized for ruining thousands of lives.

Baltimore Police

The Court of Appeals – Maryland’s highest court – put the trials of five police officers charged in Freddie Gray’s death on hold Thursday to review decisions of Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams.

Chart by Alex Dragone

Baltimore's homicide rate rose last year while fewer cases were reported solved.  In 2015 the homicide rate rose more than 60% from the previous year.  In 2014 there were 211 homicides reported.  The number in 2015 was 344.  At the same time fewer homicide cases were reported solved.  The percentage of homicides solved by the police is called the clearance rate.  Last year, Baltimore saw its clearance rate drop from 57% in April to 40% in June and then it dropped to 30% in August which is where it hovered for the rest of the year, an arrow pointing in the wrong direction for the city.

Baltimore Police

Prosecutors in the upcoming trial of police Officer Edward Nero are trying to keep the jury from hearing certain evidence.

Nero is one of six officers charged in the death last April of Freddie Gray.

The prosecutors have asked Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams to keep information about Gray’s criminal record, past hospitalizations, prior civil claims and lead paint exposure as a child from coming out at the trial.

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Baltimore Mayoral Candidate Carl Stokes said Wednesday that long term neglect of some city neighborhoods caused the riots that erupted last April after Freddie Gray’s funeral, “as it should have.”

It Wasn’t The Rays’ Fault After All

Feb 17, 2016

  Back in 2007, a study published in the journal Science claimed that an explosion in the population of cow nose rays—kite shaped creatures that return to the Chesapeake Bay every spring—was causing the crash in an already fragile oyster population.

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Civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson said he waited for a candidate to jump into the Baltimore mayoral election with a plan and vision that he could support.  For him, none came.  So he decided to run for mayor himself; filing for his candidacy minutes before the deadline on Feb. 3.

“When I think about the traditional pathways to politics and the politicians that follow them; they haven’t led to the transformational outcomes that I think the city deserves,” he said Monday on WYPR’s Midday.

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