from The Great Debate:

The persistent myth of the ‘Ferguson effect’

January 18, 2016

A protester marches through the streets during a demonstration in solidarity with the protests over the Baltimore death of Freddie Gray in Chicago, Illinois, April 28, 2015. Gray, a 25-year-old black man, died in Baltimore police custody on April 19. REUTERS/Jim Young

A protester marches during a demonstration in solidarity with the protests over the Baltimore death of Freddie Gray in Chicago, Illinois, April 28, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

from The Great Debate:

The ‘No Shoot Zone’ where bullets are still flying

December 31, 2015

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Driving across West Baltimore recently, I got stuck at an intersection behind a slow-moving truck. After sitting through two cycles at the traffic signal, I inched my car forward to see what was blocking the way. Normally, trucks are delivering beer to liquor stores in this neighborhood. But on that unseasonably warm late fall day, the truck was bringing something that is always in demand in Charm City -- caskets.

from The Great Debate:

Why Chicago’s Rahm Emanuel is still standing – for now

December 10, 2015

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel listens to remarks at a news conference in Chicago, December 7, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

from The Great Debate:

Another reason to question whether black lives matter in Mississippi

July 28, 2015

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Almost a thousand people attended the open-casket funeral of Jonathan Sanders at the Family Life Center Church. ALAN CHIN

from The Great Debate:

Death in Charleston: Trapped by the tragic, unheeded lessons of the nation’s racial past

June 19, 2015

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A capacity crowd fills the pews during a prayer service for Wednesday's shooting victims held at the Morris Brown AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, June 18, 2015. REUTERS/Randall Hill

from The Great Debate:

Scenes from Baltimore, the day – and night – after (Photos)

April 29, 2015

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The fires, vandalism and hundreds of arrests in Baltimore on Monday night played dramatically on television screens across the nation as a major American city seemed out of control. But the day after, as thousands of people returned to protest at the intersection of Pennsylvania and West North Avenues in West Baltimore, peace and calm had returned -- and not only because thousands of National Guard soldiers were deployed to the streets.

from Data Dive:

More cops per person in Baltimore than most U.S. cities

April 28, 2015

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As this Reuters graphic shows, in 2013 Baltimore had 2,829 police officers serving a community of 622,671 residents, according to the FBI's Uniform Crime Report. That equals one police officer for every 220 people, a significantly higher ratio than the national average for cities of that size. Despite this, Baltimore saw 233 murders in 2013, and the rate of 37 murders per 100,000 residents was fifth-worst in the nation. Overall, crime in the city fell, mimicking the national trend.

from The Great Debate:

Baltimore’s truth in Freddie Gray’s life and death

April 28, 2015

I came to Baltimore 35 years ago from my native state of Maine, a world only about 600-miles and a solar system removed. Baltimore grows on you. But it’s not always an easy fit.

from The Great Debate:

Do Americans trust their cops to be fair and just? New poll contains surprises.

January 15, 2015

A police officer gives a thumbs while arresting a demonstrator during a protest against police violence towards minorities at Grand Central Station in New York

A police officer gives a thumbs up while arresting a demonstrator during a protest against police violence towards minorities at Grand Central Station in New York January 15, 2015. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

from Jim Gaines:

Waiting for the cold light of day in Missouri and the Middle East

August 26, 2014

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Aside from the strange fact that both the Ferguson Police Department and the barbarians of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria are using U.S. armor and weaponry, the shooting death of Michael Brown and the murder of James Foley would seem to have little in common, about as little as the Midwest and the Middle East.