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Baltimore Gunmen Shoot 8 People, Including 3-Year-Old

Cops say shooting was premeditated act of retaliation for Labor Day weekend shooting

(Newser) - Three gunmen shot and wounded eight people including a 3-year-old girl on an east Baltimore street Saturday night, police said, adding the suspects fled and the victims were all expected to survive. The shooting erupted outside some rowhouses about 8:30pm after the three armed men converged on the group... More »

Man Dies 3 Days After Calling Police for Help

'Mr. Boyd was in need of medical attention, and the police responded with violence'

(Newser) - A 21-year-old Baltimore County man died in the hospital three days after being repeatedly punched by officers responding to his 911 call, the Guardian reports. According to the Baltimore Sun , Tawon Boyd called 911 early last Sunday. He told officers his girlfriend, Deona Styron, had "got him intoxicated and... More »

It's So Hot in Baltimore That Schools Are Closing

Dozens of them

(Newser) - Dozens of Baltimore County schools that don't have air conditioning are closed Friday because of the heat, the AP reports. The temporary closures of 37 schools are because of a measure approved by the county's board of education earlier this month that says non-air-conditioned public schools must close... More »

Baltimore Streams Tainted by Amphetamines

Aquatic life threatened by drugs flushed down the toilet, scientists say

(Newser) - Are the nation’s streams tainted with hard drugs? If they're near urban areas, the answer is likely yes based on a new study that found amphetamine polluting water sources in Baltimore, CNN reports. Researchers who tested samples from six streams around the Maryland city found them tainted with... More »

Baltimore Cops Admit They've Been Filming Citizens From Sky

But it wasn't a 'secret' program, they say

(Newser) - Baltimore police are keeping an eye on city residents from the sky. On Tuesday, Bloomberg Businessweek revealed the secret aerial surveillance system police had been using since January, and on Wednesday, police confirmed they have indeed been carrying out aerial surveillance to investigate crimes, the Guardian reports. But a police... More »

Teen Smacked by Mom Amid Riots Accidentally Burns Down Home

Money is being raised to help Toya Graham

(Newser) - Toya Graham, the mom who gained fame after smacking her rioting son in Baltimore last year , needs help. That son—Michael, now 17—was frying chicken tenders while home alone Saturday, and while he left the room briefly to use the bathroom, a grease fire broke out. He threw water... More »

Are We Ignoring an Easy Fix to Police Woes?

Proponents call for more female officers

(Newser) - On the heels of a damning report showing discrimination and sexism in the Baltimore Police Department, women’s groups are calling for what they say is a logical solution: more female cops. Among other things, they argue that accusations of rape and sexual assault would be better addressed if handled... More »

10 Unfriendliest Cities in the US

Who knew Delaware was so mean?

(Newser) - Planning an end-of-summer vacation? Better stay away from these US cities, apparently the kinds of places where locals will give you bad directions, then steal your wallet. Condé Nast Traveler asked travelers to rate the "friendliness" of US cities for its 2015 Readers' Choice Awards and received 128,000... More »

Baltimore Black Man Stopped 30 Times Never Even Got a Ticket

Feds issue damning report about police discrimination in city

(Newser) - The Justice Department is out Wednesday with a scathing report on the Baltimore Police Department that accuses the department of routine discrimination against black residents. The report stems from Freddie Gray's death and is seen as the first step toward a formal overhaul of police practices. A sampling of... More »

Woman's Facebook Account Deactivated Amid Fatal Standoff

Site blocked Korryn Gaines' posts upon police request

(Newser) - The world might've seen more of Korryn Gaines' five-hour standoff with police Monday, but Facebook granted a police request to shut off her account. The social media site deactivated Gaines' Facebook and Instagram accounts, which she was using to broadcast the standoff before she was fatally shot in Randallstown,... More »

5-Year-Old Hurt in Shootout Between Woman, Baltimore Cops

23-year-old Korryn Gaines died after hourslong standoff

(Newser) - A nearly six-hour standoff with Baltimore County police Monday ended with a shootout that left a 23-year-old woman dead and a 5-year-old injured, the Baltimore Sun reports. Cops arrived at a Randallstown, Md., apartment just before 9:30am to serve arrest warrants on a man living there and on Korryn... More »

Driver Pokemon-Goes Right Into Police Car: Cops

'That's what I get for playing this dumb-a-- game': distracted Baltimore driver

(Newser) - Even a Legendary may not be able to get a young man from Baltimore out of trouble after his SUV ran into a police car early Monday while he was allegedly playing Pokemon Go, the Baltimore Sun reports. USA Today notes body-camera video was released that shows a Toyota RAV4... More »

Shift Commander in Freddie Gray Case Acquitted

Lt. Brian Rice elected for a bench trial

(Newser) - The highest-ranking officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray has been acquitted of all charges. Circuit Judge Barry Williams—who also acquitted two other Baltimore officers —found Lt. Brian Rice not guilty of involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment, and misconduct in office on Monday, reports the Baltimore Sun . An... More »

3rd Cop Will be Tried by Judge, Not Jury, in Freddie Gray Death

Two other officers have already been acquitted in bench trials

(Newser) - After seeing the results of the three previous trials of Baltimore Police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray , Lt. Brian Rice has decided to be tried by a judge rather than a jury, the Baltimore Sun reports. According to WBAL , the two other officers tried in bench trials... More »

Rapper Hosts 'Peace' Event, Is Killed on Way Home

Lor Scoota was fatally shot in Baltimore on Saturday

(Newser) - Baltimore rapper Lor Scoota hosted an event calling for "peace in the streets"—and was fatally shot an hour later, reports the Washington Post . Authorities say Tyriece Travon Watson was driving home from a charity event at Morgan State University around 7pm Saturday when a black male wearing... More »

Cops Spark Ire With Freddie Gray Tweets

Police union's memes get immediate response

(Newser) - The Baltimore police union is catching flak for a couple of tweets it posted in the wake of a police officer's acquittal last week, the Hill reports. Officer Caesar Goodson, who drove the police van in which Freddie Gray died in 2015, was found not guilty on all charges... More »

Police Driver in Freddie Gray Case Is Acquitted

Officer Caesar Goodson found not guilty on all charges

(Newser) - The Baltimore cop who faced the most serious charges related to the death of Freddie Gray has been acquitted of all charges, reports WJZ . Officer Caesar Goodson was driving the police van in which Gray was riding the day he died, and Goodson faced charges including "second-degree depraved heart... More »

Cops: 14-Year-Old Boy Steals Car, Kills 8-Year-Old Girl

'Made a horrible, horrible, horrible mistake, made a horrible, horrible decision'

(Newser) - A 14-year-old boy is facing vehicular manslaughter charges after police say he stole a Jeep and hit an 8-year-old girl who was just leaving school Thursday in Baltimore, the New York Daily News reports. According to the Baltimore Sun , police tried to stop the stolen Jeep just three blocks from... More »

National Aquarium Moving Its Dolphins to Sanctuary

8 will head to seaside facility by end of 2020

(Newser) - Baltimore's National Aquarium says it will send its eight dolphins to "the nation's first seaside dolphin sanctuary" before the end of 2020 amid increasing pressure from animal activists. The animals will live out their lives in the outdoor facility, which has not been built, but will still... More »

Prosecutor: Freddie Gray Got 'Rough Ride' in Police Van

Officer Caesar Goodson 'negligent' for not securing Gray with seatbelt, calling for help

(Newser) - A 25-year-old black man got a "rough ride" in the back of a Baltimore police van, critically injuring his spine and causing his death, a prosecutor said Thursday, per the AP . The van driver, Officer Caesar Goodson, is on trial facing second-degree murder, manslaughter, and other charges stemming from... More »

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