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Maryland Historical Society online exhibit re: the Baltimore Uprising of 2015

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December, 2015

Proposals for tougher police discipline process given better chance, The Baltimore Sun, December 31st, 2015

Awaiting outcome in Officer Porter’s trial, city leaders prepare for possible unrest and call for peace, The Baltimore Sun, December 15th, 2015

September, 2015

Post-Freddie Gray Tragedy, Baltimore Police Will Wear Body Cameras, GovTech, September 18th, 2015

Baltimore to pay Freddie Gray’s family $6.4 million to settle civil claims, The Baltimore Sun, September 8th, 2015

Baltimore FOP Tries to Distance Itself from Offensive Fundraiser T-Shirt, Think Progress, September 8th, 2015

Fundraiser to benefit officers involved charged in Freddie Gray’s death, WBAL-TV 11, September 7th, 2015

Al-Jazeera’s Adam May goes beyond riots in special on Baltimore, Baltimore Sun, September 3rd, 2015

Anthony Batts says police ‘took a knee’ after Baltimore riots, The Baltimore Sun, September 2nd, 2015

On day of first pre-trial hearings in Freddie Gray case, city leaders prepared for the worst, ABC News 2, September 2nd, 2015

August, 2015

After Baltimore riots, changes to ‘police bill of rights’ sought, Washington Post, August 24th, 2015

The Open Veins of West Baltimore, Orchestrated Pulse, August 14th, 2015

Outracing the Baltimore police after Freddie Gray’s death, Washington Post, August 13th, 2015

UMD law school dean talks about Freddie Gray, Baltimore riots course, ABC News-2, August 13th, 2015

Syllabus for law school’s Freddie Gray course says unrest ‘almost certainly not over,’ Baltimore Sun, August 11th, 2015

City set to pay $280,000 to settle three police brutality cases, The Baltimore Brew, August 10th, 2015

Psych firm cut corners when screening Baltimore cops, docs show, CBS News, August 6th, 2015

Murders spike in Baltimore: Post Freddie Gray effect? Christian Science Monitor, August 1st, 2015

July, 2015

New Documents Show Cyber Attackers Struck Baltimore Days After the Riots, CBS-Baltimore, July 31st, 2015

In post-Freddie Grey Baltimore, the Need for Body Cams, Baltimore Sun, July 29th, 2015 (archived)

Transit police union criticizes Baltimore riot response, Baltimore Sun, July 26th, 2015 (archived)

New Footage from Baltimore Riots Emerges, The National Sun-Times, July 24th, 2015

Former Baltimore Cop to Perform in Blackface for Freddie Gray officers Fundraiser, The National Sun-Times, July 22nd, 2015 – more coverage in The Huffington Post

Prince’s ‘Baltimore’ Video Supports Black Lives Matter, Resistance, Jezebel, July 22nd, 2015

Kids Pen Song of Unity, Healing, in Aftermath of Baltimore Riots, WTOP, July 22nd, 2015

The Wire Cast Reunites to Give Voice to Stories of Baltimore Riots, The Guardian, July 20th, 2015

Former Marine and Retired Baltimore Cop Speaks Out Against Police Brutality, Mint Press News, July 15th, 2015

Baltimore to pay $65,000 to settle alleged police brutality case, Baltimore Sun, July 15th, 2015

Freddie Gray Empowerment Center Opens, Ari Ashe for Washington’s Top News, July 11th, 2015

The Fire This Time: Why a New Police Chief Won’t Save Baltimore, Blue Nation Review, July 9th, 2015

Uncaring and Confused: Police Say Baltimore Riots Could Have Been Prevented, The Daily Caller, July 8th, 2015

Baltimore Police not Prepared to Respond to Riots, Union Chief Says, WBAL TV, July 8th, 2015

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June, 2015

2 Officers on Front Lines of Baltimore Riots Speak about Violent Night, CBS Baltimore, June 25th, 2015

Baltimore County Police Fatally Shoot Unarmed Black Man in Condominium, June 25th, 2015

Baltimore’s Police Brutality Nightmare: Former Cop Tweets Examples of Corruption and Misconduct He Saw, Salon, June 24th, 2015

Baltimore: the Epilogue, Mary Michel for the American Thinker, June 23rd, 2015

Public Art Emphasizes ‘Black Lives Matter,’ Baltimore Magazine, June 23rd, 2015

Freddie Gray Youth Center, Mentors, Aim to Protect Baltimore Children this Summer, The Baltimore Sun, June 21st, 2015

FEMA Denies State Request for Disaster Aid to Cover Riot Costs, Kevin Rector, Baltimore Sun, June 19th, 2015

Baltimore riots have spurred discussion of better trains to combat crushing poverty, Ian Simpson (Reuters) in Business Insider, June 18th, 2015

Witnesses to Freddie Gray Protest Submit 1,000+ documents to Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore Sun, June 18th, 2015 – View the online exhibit

Charts: Baltimore Crime, Before and After Freddie Gray’s Funeral, Reuben Fischer-Baum and Andrew Flowers for Five Thirty Eight, June 16th, 2015

A Tense Week in Baltimore – US capital of police brutality, Paul Abowd, Al-Jazeera America, June 15th, 2015

Maryland senators introduce post-Freddie Gray legislation, Rachel Weiner, The Washington Post, June 15th, 2015

VICE News Reviews Freddie Gray Coverage on ‘Emphasis Added,’ (video), The Baltimore Sun, June 11th, 2015

Freddie Gray Prosecutor Requested Police Target Gray’s Neighborhood, Ian Tuttle for the National Review, June 10th, 2015

How Maryland Lawmakers are Responding to Freddie Gray’s Death, Ovetta Wiggins, Washington Post, June 6th, 2015

Baltimore Top Cop Says Drugs Stolen During Riot to Blame for Skyrocketing Murder Rate, The Daily Caller, June 4th, 2015

Why Baltimore Blew Up, Matt Taibbi for Rolling Stone magazine, June 4th, 2015

Police Protections Don’t Account for Baltimore Officials’ Silence, New York Times, June 3rd, 2015

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May, 2015

Why the Freddie Gray Riots Began at a shopping mall, by Paul Solman for PBS Newshour, May 29th, 2015

Freddie Gray and Baltimore’s Urban Indians, by Kerry Hawk Lessard, Indian Country Today, May 29th, 2015

Reviewing Baltimore Through Serial, The Wire, and Race Riots by Diana Shahinyan in The Conversation, May 20th, 2015

After rioters burn Baltimore, killings pile up largely under the radar, Washington Post, May 17th, 2015

Freddie Gray’s Death Underlines Inequality in Baltimore, The Baltimore Sun, May 16th, 2015

Baltimore March Shows Protesters Have More on Their Mind than Freddie Gray, Scott Dance, Baltimore Sun, May 16th, 2015

Jason Chu on Asian Privilege and Freddie Gray, by Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, NBC News, May 15th, 2015

Video Reveals Baltimore Cops Were Looting During Freddie Gray riots, the Raw Story, May 14th,2015

What is Black Spring? Alicia Garza, Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter, Breaks Down the Baltimore Uprising, News One for Black America, May 6th, 2015

The Logic of Rebellion, Counterpunch, May 4th, 2015

Two Sides of Baltimore, WB Daily, May 3rd, 2015

Baltimore Has a History of Improper Arrests, Ben Casselman for FiveThirtyEight, May 2nd, 2015

Silencing the Victim – The Baltimore Sun

Discusses how the city of Baltimore’s use of “nondisparagement contracts” makes it difficult for residents and others to gain more information about complaints against police officers.  The city routinely settles complaints out of court, and expends taxpayer money to resolve disputes.  However, they also then require that the person who made the complaint keep silent about the details. This allows city officials to claim that the charges of harassment, excessive force, and other abuses are bogus, exaggerated, or unfounded, and that they paid the complainant to avoid the cost of trial.  The public has no basis for evaluating these claims, since the non-disparagement contract prevents victims from publicly telling their side of the story.

Baltimore Activists Recount How Police Unions Crushed Accountability Reforms – Lee Fang, The Intercept

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Fang describes how police unions in Maryland have defeated all reform bills proposed by the legislature, describing the state as having “extraordinarily cop-friendly laws.” The Baltimore Fraternal Order of Police alone has donated $1.8 million to elected officials throughout the state.  The group employs professional lobbyists and uses social media to organize lobbying delegations composed of law enforcement personnel.  Police forces are currently being expanded in Maryland, and private prison companies have begun contracting for inmate labor; according to the ACLU, more than 100 people have died at the hands of police officers since 2010.

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April, 2015

In Baltimore, It’s the Same Old Story: If You Allow Lawlessness to Go Unchallenged, You Get More of It, The National Review, April 28th, 2015

How Baltimore’s Young Black Men Are Boxed In, FiveThirtyEight, April 28th, 2015

The Lawbreakers of Baltimore and Ferguson, Wall Street Journal, April 28th, 2015

Lynching Art Divides Baltimore Neighborhood by WLJA (Baltimore’s local ABC affiliate). April 14th, 2015.

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March, 2015

Court of Appeals upholds cap on police brutality damages, The Baltimore Sun, March 30th, 2015

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Freddie Gray (ongoing) – here you will find specific updates and coverage of the arrest and prosecution of officers involved in Freddie Gray’s death.  — go back to top for general news about Baltimore

Entry on Freddie Gray in The Guardian’s The Counted

Maryland officers staging in Baltimore ahead of Freddie Gray verdict, Baltimore Sun, December 15th, 2015

Failure to place a seat belt on Freddie Gray wasn’t reckless endangerment, defense attorneys argue, Baltimore Sun, September 18th, 2015

Legal experts weigh in on Freddie Gray ruling, WBAL-TV, September 3rd, 2015 (archived)

Officers Charged in Freddie Gray Case Will Face Separate Trials, The Washington Post, September 2nd, 2015

Prosecutors want subpoenas quashed in Freddie Gray case, Baltimore Sun, August 17th, 2015

Prosecutors in Freddie Gray case say police source leaks information to the defense, Baltimore Sun, August 11th, 2015

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Defense provides evidence for ‘judge shopping’ in Freddie Gray case, Baltimore Sun, July 29th, 2015 (archived)

Representing Freddie Gray’s family: A Venerable Lawyer in Cases Involving race, police, and death, Washington Post, July 25th, 2015

Defense: Mosby either failed to turn over evidence, or independent investigation never happened, Baltimore Sun, July 23rd, 2015

Prosecutors in Freddie Gray case: Defense is not entitled to internal investigation records, The Baltimore Sun, July 21st, 2015

Publicity Surrounding Freddie Gray Case Becomes Exhibit 1 – and Could Shape Outcome, The Baltimore Sun, July 19th, 2015

Cops in Freddie Gray Case: We Gave Statements Under Duress, CBS-News, July 18th, 2015

Police Accused in Freddie Gray Case Say they Gave Statements Under Duress, July 17th, 2015

In Freddie Gray Case, Lawyers Want Officers’ Phone Info Thrown Out, Patch, July 15th, 2015

‘Judge-Shopping’ Alleged in Freddie Gray Case, Justin Fenton for the Baltimore Sun, July 13th, 2015

Evidence in Freddie Gray case is vast and varied, Ian Duncan, Baltimore Sun, June 29th, 2015

Prosecutors: Keep Trial in Baltimore, at least for now, Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun, June 26th, 2015

All Six Officers Plead Not Guilty; Trial Date Set for October, Huffington Post, June 23rd, 2015

Freddie Gray’s Death was a Homicide, Autopsy Rules, Associated Press in the New York Times, June 23rd, 2015

Prosecutors Say Attempts to have Mosby Removed from Freddie Gray case ‘Distorts Facts’ by Kevin Rector in the Baltimore Sun, June 19th, 2015

Prosecutors Ask Court to Limit Release of Freddie Gray Evidence – or Post it All Online, Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun, June 16th, 2015

Defense Seeks Baltimore Prosecutor’s Dismissal from Case, CNN, June 9th, 2015

Judge Strikes Request for Gag Order, Kevin Rector for the Baltimore Sun, June 8th, 2015

Officers in Freddie Gray case Taken to Jail Without Handcuffs, The Baltimore Sun, May 28th, 2015

Baltimore Officers Charged in Freddie Gray’s Death Seek to Move Trial, New York Times, May 27th, 2015

Grand Jury returns indictments against all 6 officers in Freddie Gray case, (video), May 22nd, 2015

Witness video shows police van’s first stop after arrest, in The Guardian, May 20th, 2015.  Also covered by Newsweek.

Mosby has a second chance to get the charges right, Steven Levin and Jason Weinstein (op-ed), Baltimore Sun, May 18th, 2015

Prosecutors Seek Gag Order in Freddie Gray Case, Luke Broadwater, Baltimore Sun, May 15th, 2015

Baltimore Officer Who Chased Freddie Gray Had History of Violence, The Guardian, April 23rd, 2015

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