Protests in Baltimore over the arrest and death of Freddie Gray

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    All Six Officers Plead Not Guilty In Freddie Gray Case, Trial Date Set For October

    Prosecutors say all six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray have pleaded not guilty.

    Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby issued a statement Tuesday saying all the defendants have entered pleas of not guilty. Mosby says prosecutors look forward to trying the case.

    The trial is scheduled for Oct. 13. A pretrial motions hearing is set for Sept. 2.

    The 25-year-old man died April 19, a week after he suffered a severe spinal cord injury in police custody.

    The six officers face charges ranging from second-degree assault to second-degree "depraved-heart" murder.


    Freddie Gray Cause of Death Was Injury From Sudden Deceleration, Autopsy Finds

    Freddie Gray died when the police van in which he was traveling suddenly decelerated, subjecting Gray to a "high-energy injury," Gray's autopsy shows. Gray's death was ruled a homicide.

    Gray may have been thrown from his feet during a sudden change in direction, resulting in a single, fatal injury, the state medical examiner said in Gray's autopsy, a copy of which was obtained by The Baltimore Sun.

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    Former Baltimore Police Officer Comes Clean About Corruption On Force

    By Michael McLaughlin, The Huffington Post, June 24, 2015

    A former Baltimore police sergeant took to Twitter Wednesday to air a stunning list of acts he said he participated in and witnessed during his 11 years on the city's force.

    Michael Wood gave a no-holds barred look at his career in a previous radio interview, but his tweets gained traction for their brazen admissions that officers lied to get overtime, illegally searched "thousands of people" and committed gross acts during raids, like urinating and defecating on suspects' beds.

    So here we go. I'm going to start Tweeting the things I've seen & participated in, in policing that is corrupt, intentional or not.
    — Michael A. Wood Jr. (@MichaelAWoodJr) June 24, 2015

    A detective slapping a completely innocent female in the face for bumping into him, coming out of a corner chicken store.
    — Michael A. Wood Jr. (@MichaelAWoodJr) June 24, 2015

    Punting a handcuffed, face down, suspect in the face, after a foot chase. My handcuffs, not my boot or suspect
    — Michael A. Wood Jr. (@MichaelAWoodJr) June 24, 2015

    CCTV cameras turning as soon as a suspect is close to caught.
    — Michael A. Wood Jr. (@MichaelAWoodJr) June 24, 2015

    Pissing and shitting inside suspects homes during raids, on their beds and clothes.
    — Michael A. Wood Jr. (@MichaelAWoodJr) June 24, 2015

    Jacking up and illegally searching thousands of people with no legal justification
    — Michael A. Wood Jr. (@MichaelAWoodJr) June 24, 2015

    Having other people write PC statements, who were never there because they could twist it into legality.
    — Michael A. Wood Jr. (@MichaelAWoodJr) June 24, 2015

    Summonsing officers who weren't there so they could collect the overtime.
    — Michael A. Wood Jr. (@MichaelAWoodJr) June 24, 2015

    Targeting 16-24 year old black males essentially because we arrest them more, perpetrating the circle of arresting them more.
    — Michael A. Wood Jr. (@MichaelAWoodJr) June 24, 2015

    A spokesman for the Baltimore Police Department confirmed that Wood left the force in 2014. In subsequent tweets, Wood promised to reveal more and expressed surprise at the attention paid to his commentary.

    After Freddie Gray died in April from a spinal cord injury he sustained while in police custody, thousands in Baltimore protested against police brutality. Wood told the Secular News Network in May that the "BPD started the riots."

    In that interview, Wood, who is white, said that Gray's death clearly showed that officers treat black and white people differently.

    “The officers don’t see it as being so egregious, because people like Freddie Gray are so ingrained as 'thems,'" he said. Officers said they arrested Gray for carrying a switchblade, but the city's chief prosecutor, Marilyn Mosby, ruled it was a legal knife.

    “Even if the police feel as though they did nothing wrong. How many residents were arrested in the white neighborhoods with spring-assisted pocket knives?" Wood said to SNN. "I have a suspicion that the number is right around zero."

    Wood did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The police spokesman did not respond to questions about Wood's allegations.

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    moar of this please! ^^^^^
    I hope more cops come forward, but participating in these crimes for 11 years?
    This cop also needs to go to jail. sorry!
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    An unusual concept in Freddie Gray case: Homicide by omission

    By Peter Hermann and Lynh Bui, The Washington Post

    When six Baltimore police officers go to trial over the death of Freddie Gray, prosecutors will focus not on what the officers did, but on what they failed to do.

    Unlike most criminal cases involving homicides — where someone is charged with shooting, hitting, stabbing or choking a victim — the one headed for trial in Baltimore in October involves an unusual and complicated concept: homicide “through acts of omission,” to quote the medical examiner in Maryland who performed Gray’s autopsy, according to a report obtained by the Baltimore Sun last week before it became public.

    The medical examiner concluded that Gray, without a seat belt and handcuffed in the back of a police van, lurched when the van sped up or turned, striking his head and suffering a fatal neck injury. When Gray, 25, repeatedly asked for help, authorities said, he was ignored.

    The autopsy report will be key to both sides in a closely watched case that is being scrutinized by legal experts and residents. Gray’s death in April sparked rallies that turned violent the day of his funeral, when riots, looting and fires forced authorities to declare a state of emergency and put Baltimore under curfew.

    Legal experts said the challenge for prosecutors will be convincing a jury that each officer bears some responsibility in the death. The officer who drove the van is charged with depraved-heart murder, and three others face charges of involuntary manslaughter. Two others are accused of lesser crimes. Prosecutors said in court filings that investigators have amassed 300,000 digital files of evidence.

    “Homicide by omission is a difficult legal theory in the criminal law,” said José F. Anderson, a professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law. “You have to show criminal responsibility by inaction.”

    He added: “The real questions are going to be how can they pinpoint when the traumatic injury occurred or when [Gray] might have called out for help and for how long those cries were ignored.”

    A spokesman for the Maryland Office of the Chief Medical Examiner declined to comment on the autopsy report or to provide a copy. The Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office did not return calls for comment. Attorneys for the officers either declined comment or did not respond.

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    Records of police misconduct can be kept from public, court rules | Baltimore Sun

    Internal records related to a police officer's misconduct cannot be disclosed to the public and are exempt from the Maryland Public Information Act, the Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.

    Court Rules Police No Longer Have to Release Information about Corrupt Cops to the Public | The Free Thought Project

    Only a government that lives like cockroaches in the darkness would pass a law criminalizing the act of turning on the light.
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    Baltimore To Put Cameras In Police Vans, Review Riot Gear | Reuters

    Cameras that can record will be installed in Baltimore police vans like the one in which Freddie Gray suffered a fatal injury, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said on Wednesday.

    She said the cameras were among steps the city was taking after protests and rioting following Gray's death in April.

    "We're working through a process that will place cameras with recording capabilities in the backs of all our police vans, to ensure that we have a more complete record of what occurs there," Rawlings-Blake told reporters.

    The van in which Gray was transported had a non-recording camera that the driver could use to monitor the passengers, but it was not working at the time.

    The city also is reviewing riot gear used by police during the unrest, when some of it failed to work. Baltimore needs the right equipment in case trouble breaks out following trial verdicts in the Gray case, she said.

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    NYPD Cop Picks a Fight with a Man on the Street. It was Almost Eric Garner All Over Again

    By Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project, July 2, 2015

    A viral video has been submitted to the Free Thought Project which shows a belligerent police officer harassing a man who claims he did nothing wrong.

    The 8-minute video is eerily similar to that of Eric Garner who was killed by the NYPD for acting in a similarly frustrated manner. This man could have likely suffered the same fate.

    As the video begins, we see two plainclothes NYPD cops approach a man who goes by the name of Goodbrotha Saykou. The officers immediately demand his ID and Saykou complies.

    The stop was allegedly over whether or not Saykou was in possession of a knife. This tactic of NYPD stopping people over perfectly legal pocket knives is ofter used as a means of revenue collection for the city.

    As we’ve reported in the past, NYPD cops will take a legal pocket knife, and flick the blade out and call it a gravity knife. They will then arrest, and collect money from the individual in possession of the knife. The '50s-era knife law and subsequent extortion scam are used to arrest thousands of people.

    According to the man who posted the video, Jun Iceaa, the pair had just left a pizza shop when they were stopped. What happens next is an example of why so many people have contempt for the police.

    Saykou was simply frustrated that he was being stopped for no reason, but he still complied and gave his ID. Then the officer attempts to detain him, in handcuffs. Naturally, Saykou does not want to be deprived of his freedom without being given a reason, so he tells the officer that he cannot handcuff him.

    At this point, Saykou should have remained silent and asked for a supervisor. The man filming should have also remained silent. However, Saykou was understandably frustrated and tried to walk away — that’s when all hell breaks loose.

    The Free Thought Project reached out to the NYPD Thursday but were not given any information.

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    Damn. Serve and protect?
  11. RightOn Member

    "some of us are assholes"
    read it and weep
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    This thread is a good, thoroughly investigated, posted, eye opening read. Kudos. (having trouble with the "like" button)
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    Baltimore Mayor Fires Police Commissioner | The New York Times

    Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has fired Police Commissioner Anthony Batts. Rawlings-Blake announced the firing in a news release Wednesday afternoon. She said Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Davis will become interim commissioner. Rawlings did not give a reason, but the move comes amid a spike in the city's homicide rate.

    Baltimore was rocked with civil unrest in April after black resident Freddie Gray died one week after suffering a critical spinal injury in police custody. Six police officers have been criminally charged in Gray's death. Since the rioting stopped, the city has seen a sharp increase in violence, with 155 homicides this year, a 48 percent increase over the same period last year.

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    Ex-Baltimore Cop Michael Wood Exposes Police Culture of Corruption and Abuse

    Published by TYT Interviews on July 10, 2015

    Former U.S. Marine and Baltimore police officer Michael A. Wood, Jr. made headlines when he Tweeted about the abuses he witnessed fellow Baltimore police officers perpetrating. In this interview with The Young Turks’ Cenk Uygur, Wood reveals the truth behind the “us vs. them” siege mentality pervading urban police forces that leads to a culture of corruption, racism and abuse, and what can be done to bring change for the better to policing in the United States.
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    ophelporhush ‏@ophelporhush 4 hours ago
    Sad that we have take this stance. We appreciate all the love and support.
    #BaltimoreLunch #STLLunch


    Sean Jordan ‏@seanjjordan 10 minutes ago
    I am saddened that any white people have so much hatred in their hearts they are hurting hungry children in Baltimore and St. Louis...

    Sean Jordan ‏@seanjjordan 10 minutes ago
    ... and I wish law enforcement could be relied on to aid those who are doing good instead of enabling those who are doing evil.

    Sean Jordan ‏@seanjjordan 9 minutes ago
    We keep hearing there are all these "good cops" who have no animosity towards the black community, but they RARELY step up and speak out.

    Sean Jordan ‏@seanjjordan 7 minutes ago
    When @ophelporhush has to find private security simply to hand out lunch to needy children, things are out of control and changes are needed.

    Sean Jordan ‏@seanjjordan 6 minutes ago
    We live in a country where the Westboro Baptist Church and the KKK can get police protection, but @ophelporhush is ignored. That's sick and sad.

    Sean Jordan ‏@seanjjordan 5 minutes ago
    Besides donating to @ophelporhush to help them in their mission, we all need to be writing letters & calling officials about this situation.

    Sean Jordan ‏@seanjjordan 3 minutes ago
    If we just looked at the problems and harassment the Operation Help or Hush folks have faced in the last year, it's a case study in how deep this stuff goes.

    Sean Jordan ‏@seanjjordan 2 minutes ago
    What has Operation Help or Hush done to deserve this? Fed people. Housed people. Helped the needy. Provided an alternative spring break focused on service.

    Sean Jordan ‏@seanjjordan 6 seconds ago
    And yet the harassment has been constant, and now the safety of volunteers is being threatened. Because they're trying to feed CHILDREN.

    Sean Jordan ‏@seanjjordan 49 seconds ago
    Weep for the America that allows this. Weep that white supremacy cuts so deeply and has so much power. Weep that children will be hurt...

    Sean Jordan ‏@seanjjordan 25 seconds ago
    ...and then channel your sadness and rage into changing that status quo. Write letters. Call elected officials. Make people aware.
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    Police Blocked Rihanna From Performing at a Free Concert in Baltimore | Complex

    Rihanna reportedly wanted to perform a free concert in memory of the late Freddie Gray, but Baltimore police blocked her. According to The Baltimore Sun, in messages released and dated on May 1, the former head of media relations for Baltimore police Capt. Eric Kowalczyk, outlined his conversation with Rihanna.

    He explained in the report that she wanted to throw a free concert, and walk with the protesters in a show of solidarity. The concert was brought up again in a situation report which was also dated May 1, where it was effectively turned down because there was no "permit." Prince did end up playing a a show a few days later at the Royal Farms Arena (which was streamed on TIDAL), while Rihanna posted a picture of a black police officer with tears in his eyes on her Instagram. Check out more of the report here.

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    During Baltimore Uprising, City Officials Criminalized Hashtags & Labeled Social Media Postings as 'Threats'

    By Kevin Gosztola, Shadowproof

    In the early moments of the uprising in Baltimore after police killed Freddie Gray, Baltimore city officials monitored social media. The officials labeled activists and other users, who were posting about reported rioting, protest activity, and police action, as “threats.”

    The spreadsheet listing individuals deemed to have posted “threats” was released in a cache of 7,000 internal emails sent during the uprising by city officials.

    It is unclear who specifically was compiling this list. No agency is listed in the spreadsheet as being responsible. However, what is apparent is officials followed hashtags and essentially criminalized certain flows of information being shared by individuals.

    Officials compiled 71 “threatening” pieces of content from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube on April 27 [PDF].

    Each threat was designated as some kind of a “violation.” These “violations” included “chatter,” “cyber threat,” “riot,” “physical threat,” “threat,” “violence,” and “rebellion.”

    “All of Your Anonymity is Gone”

    One of the activists singled out was @ConstantNatalie. She has the distinction of being the only user who was accused of promoting “rebellion,” which is not defined anywhere in the spreadsheet.

    Remarkably, @ConstantNatalie was nowhere near Baltimore. She was in Chicago. The posting that garnered attention was not her own posting either. It was something she retweeted about providing medical attention to protesters from @brazenqueer (who was not listed as posting a “threat”).

    Natalie recalled the experience of having a “beast”—the surveillance state—look at you and then later you find your name in a government document.

    “It feels like all of your anonymity is gone,” she stated. “Once [the state] starts monitoring, then they start digging.” And, “Those in power want people, who are posting to social media in times of rebellion, to “be quiet and good in the face of horrific injustice.”

    Other people noted in the spreadsheet were @UntoldCarlisle, a journalist, and Deray McKesson, a prominent voice in the movement for black lives.

    The city tracked the following hashtags: #Baltimorecitypolice, #AmeriKKKa, #justiceforfreddie, #justiceforfreddie, #FreddieGray, #Amerikkka, #Amerikkka, #BaltimoreRiots, #BaltimoreRiots #idgt, and #mondawmin, #Baltimore, #OPFREDDIE, #blacklivesmatter, etc.

    Essentially, city officials criminalized a select group of people, who engaged in freedom of expression and associated their expression of political discontent with any of these hashtags.

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    Baltimore sees ANOTHER deadly weekend with 11 people shot including two fatalities in the first two days of August
    • Police say the latest incident was a 'retaliatory act of violence' in which seven people were shot
    • One of the victims is a member of the Black Guerrilla Family gang
    • 43 people were killed in July - the highest number of homicides in the city since August 1972
    • A new task force is being established to deal with homicide upswing
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    Black Lives Matter Organizers Labeled as "Threat Actors" by Cybersecurity Firm | Mother Jones

    "It confirms that us telling the truth about police violence is seen as a threat."

    Documents from a "crisis management" report produced by the cybersecurity firm ZeroFox indicate that the firm monitored Black Lives Matter protesters during the Freddie Gray protests in Baltimore earlier this year. The documents, which surfaced online last Wednesday, also state that the firm "protected" the online accounts of Maryland and Baltimore officials and members of the Baltimore Police Department and Maryland National Guard.

    The report identifies DeRay McKesson and Johnetta Elzie, two prominent Black Lives Matter organizers who took part in the Baltimore protests, as "threat actors" for whom "immediate response is recommended." It describes McKesson and Elzie as "high" severity, "physical," and "#mostwanted" threats and notes both have a "massive following" on social media. It says that ZeroFox was engaged in "continuous monitoring" of their social media accounts and specifies their geographical locations at the time of the report. The report does not suggest that the pair were suspected of criminal activity but were "main coordinators of the protests."

    McKesson and Elzie both tell Mother Jones they were "not surprised" that they were being watched. "It confirms that us telling the truth about police violence is seen as a threat," McKesson says. Both activists say they do not know why they were identified as physical threats. McKesson and Elzie live in Missouri, where they helped organize the Ferguson protests. They traveled together to Baltimore for a week and a half during the Freddie Gray protests.

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    What a nonsense, clickbait headline. Monitoring public statements to identify key actors during unrest is not criminalization, it's common sense.
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    Baltimore Police ‏@BaltimorePolice 5 hours ago
    Tonight we will have a joint #tweetalong with our friends at @Chicago_Police. Follow both accounts starting at 6pm.

    Baltimore Police ‏@BaltimorePolice 3 hours ago
    We are getting ready to start our joint #tweet along with @Chicago_Police.
    We hope you will follow both of our accounts tonight.

    Baltimore Police ‏@BaltimorePolice 1 hour ago
    We hope everyone is enjoying our joint #tweetalong with @Chicago_Police.
    #tweetalong #CPDBPD

    Anonymous ‏@YourAnonNews 41 minutes ago
    We are having a great time thx @BaltimorePolice @Chicago_Police

    As you would expect, the result is hundreds of people using the CPDBPD hashtag in their tweets about violent bullies and cowards. Have a look:

    Chicago and Baltimore Police 'Tweetalong' Gets Hijacked By Critics | DNAinfo Chicago
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    Baltimore police officer's bail set at $1m for allegedly shooting burglary suspect | The Guardian

    Wesley Cagle charged with attempted first- and second-degree murder, among other charges, for shooting Michael Johansen after he was already subdued.

    A Baltimore judge has set bail at $1m for a police officer charged with attempted murder in what authorities describe as the shooting of a subdued burglary suspect at close range.

    District court judge Halee Weinstein cited the “heinous and callous” nature of the allegations as she set bail for Officer Wesley Cagle, who appeared by closed circuit television on Thursday. Cagle is charged with attempted first- and second-degree murder and other offenses.

    According to a statement of probable cause, Cagle shot Michael Johansen in December after Johansen was shot by other officers.

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    Veteran Baltimore City Officer Charged With Attempted Murder | CBS Baltimore

    Man wants officer who shot him 'to admit that he was wrong,' but not go to prison | Baltimore Sun
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    Chicago Man Stands up to Police Harassing Him With Loitering Laws | PINAC

    A video of a man standing up for his right to be outside in his Chicago neighborhood at night is quickly going viral.

    In the video, a group of people appear to be casually hanging out on the sidewalk as two police officers pull up and approach, ordering the group to disperse.

    The man recording, seemingly tired of police harassment, refuses to back down while asking the officers questions and providing commentary.

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    How companies make millions off lead-poisoned, poor blacks | The Washington Post

    The letter arrived in April, a mishmash of strange numbers and words. This at first did not alarm Rose. Most letters are that way for her — frustrating puzzles she can’t solve. Rose, who can scarcely read or write, calls herself a “lead kid.” Her childhood home, where lead paint chips blanketed her bedsheets like snowflakes, “affected me really bad,” she says. “In everything I do.”

    She says she can’t work a professional job. She can’t live alone. And, she says, she surely couldn’t understand this letter.

    So on that April day, the 20-year-old says, she asked her mom to give it a look. Her mother glanced at the words, then back at her daughter. “What does this mean all of your payments were sold to a third party?” her mother recalls saying.

    The distraught woman said the letter, written by her insurance company, referred to Rose’s lead checks. The family had settled a lead-paint lawsuit against one Baltimore slumlord in 2007, granting Rose a monthly check of nearly $1,000, with yearly increases. Those payments were guaranteed for 35 years.

    “It’s been sold?” Rose asked, memories soon flashing.

    She remembered a nice, white man. He had called her one day on the telephone months after she’d squeaked through high school with a “one-point something” grade-point average. His name was Brendan, though she said he never mentioned his last name. He told her she could make some fast money. He told her he worked for a local company named Access Funding. He talked to her as a friend.

    Rose, who court records say suffers from “irreversible brain damage,” didn’t have a lot of friends. She didn’t trust many people. Growing up off North Avenue in West Baltimore, she said she’s seen people killed.

    But Brendan was different. He bought her a fancy meal at Longhorn Steakhouse, she said, and guaranteed a vacation for the family. He seemed like a gentleman, someone she said she could trust.

    One day soon after, a notary arrived at her house and slid her a 12-page “purchase” agreement. Rose was alone. But she wasn’t worried. She said she spoke to a lawyer named Charles E. Smith on the phone about the contract. She felt confident in what it stated. She was selling some checks in the distant future for some quick money, right?

    The reality, however, was substantially different. Rose sold everything to Access Funding — 420 monthly lead checks between 2017 and 2052. They amounted to a total of nearly $574,000 and had a present value of roughly $338,000.

    In return, Access Funding paid her less than $63,000.


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    Baltimore defense lawyers to review nearly 2,000 cases involving stingrays | Ars Technica

    This week, USA Today's investigative team shined a light on the Baltimore police department and their use of stingrays. The paper found cops deployed the cell phone trackers in crimes as minor as harassing phone calls, and the authorities would often conceal the results of that surveillance from suspects and lawyers despite the fact that Maryland law "generally requires that electronic surveillance be disclosed in court," according to the paper.

    Evidently, the story found the right eyeballs. USA Today now reports that defense lawyers in Baltimore have pledged to examine nearly 2,000 cases involving police using stingrays. The lawyers plan to use their findings to approach judges and for “a large number” of criminal convictions to be overturned, the paper writes.

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    As Trial Approaches, What Has Changed Since Freddie Gray’s Killing?

    TheRealNews visited Penn and North, a short distance from where Freddie Gray lived and died, and this is what we witnessed.
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    6 Baltimore officers charged in Freddie Gray's death headed to court

    Live coverage: First hearing in Freddie Gray case begins in Baltimore

    WBAL NewsRadio 1090 ‏@wbalradio 1 minute ago
    WBAL's Scott Wykoff live from the scene where protesters are marching. Listen live: Gray
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    Judge: Six separate trials for officers in Freddie Gray case | CNN

    Freddie Gray case: Six officers to be tried separately | BBC News

    Police wield taser against Freddie Gray protester as pre-trial kicks off for indicted cops

    Police detained a black male [ Kwame Rose - ] who was reportedly run over by a car during a protest outside a Baltimore court-house where pre-trial hearings began over the Freddie Gray case, Wednesday.

    Police arrest protester during Freddie Gray pre-trail

    Protesters blocked Baltimore streets and the entrance to the city’s courthouse during the pre-trial for six officers accused in the death of Freddie Gray. An activist was arrested after he was hit by a car. Anya Parampil reports from the ground.
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    Baltimore Reaches $6.4M Wrongful Death Settlement With Freddie Gray’s Family | CBS Baltimore

    Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake issued a statement:

    "The proposed settlement agreement going before the Board of Estimates should not be interpreted as a judgment on the guilt or innocence of the officers facing trial. This settlement is being proposed solely because it is in the best interest of the city, and avoids costly and protracted litigation that would only make it more difficult for our city to heal and potentially cost taxpayers many millions more in damages."

    Baltimore reaches $6.4 million settlement with Freddie Gray family | The Washington Post
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    Baltimore SWAT Officer Indicted on 12 Charges of Bank Theft

    By Grant Stern, PINAC, September 10, 2015

    Last week, the Baltimore County Police Department announced a sergeant has been suspended without pay after being charged by the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office in connection with a complex fraud investigation which includes his wife as a co-conspirator.

    Over a dozen offenses landed that Baltimore SWAT Officer indicted, and Daniel Gregory Galloway, 40, now faces five charges of Conspiracy to Commit Theft ($10,000-$100,000), four counts of Theft ($10,000-$100,000), Conspiracy to Commit Theft of more than $100,000 and one other Theft charge ($1,000-$10,000).

    If you’re looking for a mugshot photo of the Baltimore cop who robbed a bank with his wife, there won’t be one.

    Sergeant Galloway wasn’t booked or processed into BCDC or any of the area’s notoriously violent jails.

    Instead the Baltimore SWAT officer was served with a “Criminal Summons”.

    No bond was required, nor was any bail set for the officer.

    Repeated calls to Galloway’s police agency last week and this week proved fruitless as the Baltimore County Police refused to reveal his pay rate, provide any service photo on file or say exactly how much Galloway was charged with stealing.


    At least we finally know what it takes for a cop to be suspended without pay.

    When that cop is accused of stealing money from a bank.
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    Baltimore officer says Freddie Gray needed help | The Baltimore Sun

    As Freddie Gray was being transported in a police van through West Baltimore, at least one officer warned that Gray needed medical care but wondered, along with others, whether he was faking injuries or being uncooperative, according to investigators who reviewed the officers' statements during a departmental probe.

    Those statements — which have never been publicly revealed — help to explain why a judge has ordered separate trials for six officers charged in the incident. Some of the statements provide differing accounts of events that day; defense attorneys have argued in court that such conflicts could create problems in a joint trial.

    Prosecutors have asked that Porter go on trial first because they say he will be called as a witness to testify against two other officers. In a letter to Judge Barry Williams, Chief Deputy State's Attorney Michael Schatzow said Porter is "a necessary and material witness in the cases against" Goodson and Sgt. Alicia White.

    In an earlier hearing, defense attorneys raised concerns that the statements could create problems in a joint trial pitting one defendant's right to confront his or her accuser against another's right not to testify. Partially redacted statements by some officers were submitted to the court, though under seal.

    Attorneys for the officers who provided statements have argued in motions — unsuccessful to date — that the statements should be suppressed because they were not properly advised of their rights against self-incrimination or their rights under the Law Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights. Some officers have argued that they made their statements under duress because they feared losing their jobs, or were led to believe they were providing statements as witnesses rather than suspects.

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    Freddie Gray pleaded for medical attention while in back of police van, but was ignored because officers thought he could be faking
    • Six Baltimore officers were charged in connection with the death of Freddie Gray in April from a spinal injury thought to have occurred in police van
    • Gray, 25, was arrested for carrying a knife and was bundled into a transport van while in handcuffs and shackles and not secured with a seatbelt
    • Officer William Porter told investigators that Gray said that he needed medical attention, but he and van driver weren't sure if he was faking
    • Porter said he informed Goodson the jail booking facility would not process Gray because he was in medical distress
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    Baltimore police district commander shoots man in Morrell Park | Baltimore Sun

    A commander of the Baltimore police department's Southwest District shot a man in the leg in the Morrell Park neighborhood on Monday night, police said. Police on Tuesday morning identified the officer as Major Byron Conaway, a district commander and a 16-year-veteran of the department. He will be placed on routine administrative duties.

    Conaway had been on his way to a community meeting just after 7 p.m. when he stopped a man in the 2400 block of Washington Blvd., police said. It's unclear why Conaway stopped the man, police said. The man refused to show the officer his hands on command, and he fired once, striking him in the leg, police said. The wound is nonfatal, police said. No weapon was found on the man, police said. Police spokesman T.J. Smith said the person who was shot was a white man.

    Ronald Birmingham, 41, said the victim was his brother, John Joseph Rau, 40. He said Rau had just stopped by Birmingham's porch a block away for a cigarette before he was shot. "He got up off the steps, he walked up the street. There was a crowd coming down the street, the officer jumped out and told my brother to put his hands up," Birmingham said. "He put his hands up, and he shot him."

    Rau's nephew, Michael Kirby, 30, said Rau had been in a good mood. Both Kirby and Birmingham said Rau was unarmed and did nothing wrong when the officer confronted him. "Whatever [the crowd] was doing, he had nothing to do with it," Kirby said. Birmingham, Kirby and their family members heckled police officers from their porch and turned down a ride to the hospital offered by a homicide detective.

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    Officers in Freddie Gray case appear in court as new trial dates set | The Baltimore Sun

    The six Baltimore police officers charged in Freddie Gray's arrest and death will be tried separately over the course of the next six months, with the first trial — against Officer William G. Porter — now slated for Nov. 30.

    The new timeline, which pushes the trials back from a previously scheduled start date of Oct. 13, was established during a hearing Tuesday in Circuit Court at which five of the six officers appeared before Judge Barry Williams for the first time. They sat together, occasionally talking with each other as well as their attorneys.

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    California cops, want to use a stingray? Get a warrant, governor says | Ars Technica

    ACLU: "This is a landmark win for digital privacy and all Californians."
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