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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 »

Freddie Gray Case Ends With 0 Convictions

Prosecutors dropped charges against 3 remaining officers

(Newser) - Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby's year of "dogged fighting," as the Baltimore Sun puts it, has ended with a score of 0 of 6. The three officers still to stand trial in the death of Freddie Gray on Wednesday saw all charges against them dropped. Three... 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 »

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 »

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 »

Baltimore Cop Acquitted in Freddie Gray Case

Edward Nero cleared by judge in non-jury trial in Baltimore

(Newser) - He gambled on a non-jury trial, and the decision seems to have paid off for one of the six Baltimore cops accused in the death of Freddie Gray. A judge on Monday acquitted Edward Nero of assault and other charges related to last year's death of Gray, who was... More »

Tamir Rice Family to Get $6M From Cleveland

City agrees to settle federal lawsuit over boy's shooting

(Newser) - The city of Cleveland will pay the family of Tamir Rice $6 million over the boy's fatal shooting in 2014, reports CNN . The payment settles a federal lawsuit filed by the family after a trainee police officer shot and killed Tamir at a city park. Under the settlement—Tamir'... More »

Court: Freddie Gray Officer Must Testify Against Fellow Cops

It's a 'big victory for the state'

(Newser) - Baltimore police officer William Porter will have to testify against five fellow officers in connection to the death of Freddie Gray , Maryland's court of appeals ruled Tuesday, in what the Baltimore Sun calls a "big victory for the state." Gray was 25 when his spine was severed... More »

Black-ish Nails Episode on Police Brutality

Positive reactions flooding in

(Newser) - On Wednesday night, ABC's Black-ish aired a ripped-from-the-headlines show that some might call a "very special episode." The entire half-hour featured the sitcom family sitting in the living room watching the news to see if a police officer would be indicted in a police brutality case. The... More »

Hung Jury in 1st Freddie Gray Trial

Jurors couldn't reach decision on William Porter

(Newser) - A Baltimore judge says there is a hung jury in the case of a police officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray. Circuit Judge Barry Williams announced Wednesday that the jury couldn't reach its decision after three days of deliberations in the manslaughter trial of William Porter. He... More »

Cop: Freddie Gray Gave Me No Reason to Call Medic

Officer William Porter takes stand in Freddie Gray trial

(Newser) - The first of six Baltimore police officers to be put on trial in the death of Freddie Gray took the stand Wednesday, the AP reports. Officer William Porter has been charged with manslaughter in the death of the 25-year-old Gray, which set off massive riots in Baltimore last April. Prosecutors... More »

Trial in Freddie Gray's Death Is Underway in Baltimore

Prosecution claims police ignored Gray's pleas for help

(Newser) - The first of six trials in the death of Freddie Gray —who suffered a broken neck while in police custody last April—got underway Wednesday in Baltimore, the Washington Post reports. Officer William Porter is charged with involuntary manslaughter, assault, misconduct in office, and reckless endangerment. Five other officers... More »

Baltimore on Edge as First Trial in Freddie Gray Case Begins

Every prospective juror for officer William Porter's trial knows about the case

(Newser) - Jury selection started Monday in the trial of William Porter, one of six Baltimore cops charged in the death of Freddie Gray , and potential jurors had one thing in common: They had all heard of the 25-year-old Gray, the $6.4 million settlement paid by the city to his family,... More »

Freddie Gray Case Will Stay in Baltimore

Prosecution argued it was 'insulting' to say an unbiased jury couldn't be found

(Newser) - Judge Barry Williams today decided that the city of Baltimore is capable of giving a fair trial to the six officers charged in Freddie Gray's death. The defense had argued that wasn't possible, due to the city's "extraordinary" $6.4 million settlement with Gray's family... More »

Freddie Gray's Family to Get 'Extraordinary Payment'

$6.4M settlement from Baltimore expected to be OK'd tomorrow

(Newser) - In what the Baltimore Sun frames as "an extraordinary payment," the paper reports that the city will pay Freddie Gray's family $6.4 million to resolve all civil claims related to his arrest and death. The payout needs approval from the city's spending panel and that... More »

Judge Refuses to Drop Charges in Freddie Gray Case

Baltimore judge also ruled State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby won't be recused

(Newser) - Written motions finally evolved into verbal arguments this morning in Baltimore, where defense attorneys for two of the six officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray tried to have said charges dismissed and the office of State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby recused from the case—attempts that... More »

Victims of Lead Poisoning Are Losing Millions

Companies are buying their settlements for cents on the dollar

(Newser) - In the late-'80s and early '90s, thousands of children living in Baltimore tenements were being diagnosed with lead poisoning every year. Two decades later, the Washington Post digs into the "little-noticed, effectively unregulated netherworld of structured settlements"—and the structured settlement companies that are making millions... More »

Ex-Cop's Fundraiser for Freddie Gray 6: Blackface

Bobby Berger was fired from Baltimore PD in the '80s for his Al Jolson-inspired act

(Newser) - A former Baltimore police officer said yesterday that he plans to perform an Al Jolson routine in blackface to raise money for the six Baltimore officers indicted in the death of Freddie Gray. Bobby Berger, whose performances as Jolson created tension with the department in the 1980s, said yesterday that... More »

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