African American news blog that features news that may get little or no coverage in the mainstream media
Thursday, September 14, 2017
NAACP DISMAYED BY DOJ’S FAILURE TO PROSECUTE POLICE OFFICERS IN FREDDIE GRAY CASE
Friday, August 04, 2017
'Nobody kill anybody': Baltimore activist hopes for homicide-free weekend
That's a lot to ask for in a city on pace to record its highest annual homicide toll, a place still reeling from the racially-charged riots that followed the 2015 death of Freddie Gray at the hands of police.
So Bridgeford and other community leaders have been hitting the streets of West Baltimore, urging drug dealers and gang members to put their guns down from Friday through Sunday.
"This is about a culture shift," she said. "It's about helping people realize they have a choice in their decision-making. Not just about committing violence but about feeling hopeless that there's nothing we can do about the level of violence in our communities."
With 208 homicides so far this year -- compared with 318 for all of 2016, according to a tally by The Baltimore Sun -- and police-community relations stretched thin, some residents doubt the ceasefire will be successful. Others see it as a way to start taking back control of crime-plagued neighborhoods.
Read more: 'Nobody kill anybody': Baltimore hopes for homicide-free weekend
Friday, January 13, 2017
DOJ unveils police reforms in Baltimore
Read more: DOJ unveils police reforms in Baltimore
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore State Attorney: Police helped to derail Freddie Gray case
After dropping the charges against the last three police officers in the Freddie Gray case a visibly frustrated Baltimore State Attorney, Marilyn Mosby held a press briefing where she discussed how some police officers helped to derail the case. Watch her press conference below.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Complaint filed seeking to disbar Marilyn Mosby
The prosecutor at the center of the Freddie Gray case has been slapped with a complaint seeking her disbarment. A law professor at George Washington University School of Law has filed the disciplinary complaint with the Attorney Grievance Commission of Maryland against Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. LawNewz.com has learned that the complaint seeks the disbarment of Mosby for her conduct regarding the investigation and prosecution the six police officers for the death of Freddie Gray.
According to the complaint, filed by Prof. John F. Banzhaf, Mosby violated multiple provisions of the Maryland Lawyer’s Rules of Professional Conduct (RPC) including withholding exculpatory evidence, making improper public statements and continuing to prosecute a case after there is insufficient evidence to support a conviction.
Read more: Freddie Gray Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby Slammed With Complaint Seeking Her Disbarment
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Freddie Gray case: Officer Caesar Goodson Jr. not guilty on all charges
The Baltimore Police van driver accused of giving a "rough ride" that killed Freddie Gray was acquitted of all charges Thursday by Circuit Judge Barry Williams.
Officer Caesar Goodson Jr., 46, had faced the most serious charges of any of the six officers indicted in Gray's arrest and death last April, including second-degree depraved heart murder. Goodson was also acquitted of three counts of manslaughter, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office.
His acquittal, which comes after Williams considered the charges for three days, throws the rest of the cases into jeopardy. The other officers charged face similar, but lesser accusations.
Read more: Freddie Gray case: Officer Caesar Goodson Jr. not guilty on all charges
Monday, June 06, 2016
Baltimore policeman charged in Freddie Gray death chooses bench trial
A Baltimore police officer charged with murder in the 2015 death of black detainee Freddie Gray waived a jury trial on Monday and will be tried by a Maryland judge instead.
Officer Caesar Goodson Jr., 46, drove the police van in which Gray broke his neck and is the third officer to face trial for his death. The April 2015 incident triggered protests and rioting and fueled a U.S. debate on police treatment of minorities.
Prosecutors are still seeking a conviction in the high-profile case, with two trials ending in a mistrial and an acquittal.
Goodson's last-minute decision to have Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams decide the case came during a pre-trial motions hearing. The trial begins on Thursday.
Tim Maloney, a Maryland lawyer who has handled police misconduct cases, said a bench trial was a good move on Goodson's part since there was a lot of pressure on jurors in the majority black city to convict someone.
Read more: Baltimore policeman charged in Freddie Gray death chooses bench trial
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Police Officers Sue Marilyn Mosby For Defamation
Two of the Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray are suing State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby.
Sgt. Alicia White and Officer William Porter filed a lawsuit against Mosby, Baltimore Sheriff’s Office Maj. Sam Cogen and the state of Maryland in Baltimore circuit court for defamation and invasion of privacy, according to a report by the Baltimore Sun.
The suit goes back to statements made by Mosby at a May 1, 2015 news conference, which White and Porter claim that the city’s top prosecutor knew “were false,” according to the Sun.
“These among other statements were made not for the purpose of prosecuting crimes that had allegedly been committed by White and Porter, but rather for purposes of quelling the riots in Baltimore,” the suit asserts.
Read more: Police Officers Sue Baltimore’s Top Prosecutor for Defamation Over Freddie Gray Statements
Monday, May 23, 2016
Elijah Cummings Statement on State of Maryland v. Edward Nero Verdict
May 23, 2016 Press Release
Washington, D.C. (May 23, 2016) — Today, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) issued the following statement on the verdict in State of Maryland v. Edward Nero:
“Every American has the right to a trial decided by a jury of their peers or a trial decided by a judge. Mr. Edward Nero chose to forgo a jury and exercised his right to have Judge Barry G. Williams decide his case. Today, Judge Williams—after hearing the evidence presented by the prosecution and Mr. Nero’s defense attorneys—issued a not guilty verdict in this trial; I thank him for his service.
“Like many Baltimore residents, I was personally struck by Mr. Freddie Gray’s death, and I know that we will all continue to struggle with the strong emotions it invokes in us.
“Following Mr. Gray’s death, the citizens of Baltimore demanded justice, and it is clear that the wheels of justice are turning. I commend the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office for its efforts to pursue justice, and I thank everyone who has worked on Mr. Nero’s trial.
“Justice has always relied on trust in the judicial process, and that is what I call on all of Baltimore’s residents to do because there will be more trials in the death of Mr. Freddie Gray. We cannot control the outcome of any of these trials, but what we can control is our work to continue healing our community.
“With eyes toward the future, we must continue working to reform our criminal justice system—in Maryland and nationwide—and we must continue to invest in our young people. Baltimore is a city on the rise, but the question is: will we all rise together?
“I believe that we are on the road to creating a city that uplifts all of its residents. Today’s verdict should not take us off course, instead, it should remind us of the importance of the road ahead.”
Friday, January 22, 2016
Black Lives Matter protesters interrupt U.S. mayors' conference
Demonstrators from the Black Lives Matter movement interrupted the U.S. Conference of Mayors' meeting on Wednesday, protesting the killing of a Chicago teenager by police and the lead-tainted water supply of Flint, Michigan.
At least three people among onlookers and one person on stage held up signs when Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, the group's president, spoke during the meeting's opening news conference at a hotel in Washington, D.C.
One protester interrupted her several times, shouting, "You failed us!" Baltimore was torn in April by rioting over the death of black detainee Freddie Gray, and six police officers are facing charges.
Read more: Black Lives Matter protesters interrupt U.S. mayors' conference
Friday, January 01, 2016
Court filing says Freddie Gray complained of 'bad back'
Freddie Gray, who died after sustaining a neck injury while riding in a police van in Baltimore, told officers he had a "bad back" weeks before his death, according to court documents filed by attorneys for one of six cops charged in the case.
Lawyers for Caesar Goodson, 46, the officer who drove the van carrying Gray, filed the motion seeking the dead man's medical records last month.
The filing suggest lawyers may try to convince a jury that Gray was already injured at the time of his fatal encounter with police.
Read more: Court filing says Freddie Gray complained of 'bad back'
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Jury deadlocked in William Porter's trial in Freddie Gray case
From WMAR (Baltimore) 4 PM Eastern time 12/15/15.
The jury in the trial of Officer William Porter sent a note to Judge Barry Williams saying they were deadlocked.
Judge Williams called the jury back in, instructed them again, and sent them back to continue deliberation.
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Freddie Gray: Baltimore Police unit that investigates use-of-force allegations dismantled
The special investigative unit created by former Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts last year to probe shootings by officers and deaths in police custody — including Freddie Gray's — has been overhauled by Batts' successor, who has replaced all of the team's members and given it a new name.
Interim Commissioner Kevin Davis has replaced the Force Investigation Team (FIT) with the Special Investigations Response Team, or SIRT, swapping one Department of Justice review model for another.
Davis said "recent examples have demonstrated [that] the BPD is capable of policing itself when matters arise that directly impact public trust and confidence."
"Our capacity to investigate police-involved shootings, in-custody deaths, and other critical incidents relies heavily on the SIRT team and the quality of their objective investigations," he said in a statement.
The Force Investigation Team, or FIT, was modeled on a unit developed by Justice officials and put in place in Las Vegas. Batts brought it to Baltimore last year as a way to improve use-of-force investigations amid widespread allegations of police abuse and misconduct.
The department promised to post its FIT investigations online — a first-of-its-kind idea that was short-lived.
The criteria for triggering an investigation by FIT were vague, and reports were posted online for only nine of the team's more than 30 investigations in 2014. The links to those reports disappeared from the FIT website this year without explanation, and no more have been posted.
Read more: Police unit at center of Freddie Gray review, use-of-force investigations dismantled
Tuesday, September 08, 2015
Baltimore reaches $6.4 million settlement with Freddie Gray family
Baltimore officials have reached a $6.4 million wrongful death settlement with the family of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old man who died in April from a neck injury he suffered in police custody, according to two people with knowledge of the agreement.
Baltimore officials could announce details of the proposed settlement as early as Tuesday. Such a deal however, would have to be approved by the city’s Board of Estimates, the governing body that oversees the city’s spending. That group, which includes Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (D), is expected to meet Wednesday.
Read more: Baltimore reaches $6.4 million settlement with Freddie Gray family
Saturday, May 09, 2015
Prince releases new protest song, BALTIMORE.
Prince has released a new protest song entitled BALTIMORE in support of Freddie Gray, Michael Brown, the protesters, and the people of Baltimore. Check out the track below.
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Baltimore Mayor, Freddie Gray's sister condemn violent protests in city
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Freddie Gray's sister Fredrica Gray made a plea for violence to stop in Baltimore.
Freddy Gray protests take place outside Camden Yards
Thousands of protesters took to the streets Saturday in the largest Freddie Gray rally yet, and after hours of peaceful demonstrations, pockets of protesters smashed out police car windows and storefronts.
Monday, April 20, 2015
6 Baltimore police officers suspended in Freddie Gray case
[SOURCE] Baltimore police have suspended six officers after the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore police custody.
Freddie Gray, 25, was critically injured after his arrest April 12. He died early Sunday morning at Shock Trauma. According to the family's lawyer, Gray suffered a severe spinal cord injury.