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Sep 3, 2015

Baltimore judge orders individual trials for police in Gray case

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – A judge on Wednesday ordered individual trials for six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of a black man from an injury in custody, a case that fed the U.S. debate on police treatment of minorities.

Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams also rejected defense motions calling for charges to be dropped and State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby and her office to recuse themselves from the Freddie Gray case.

Sep 2, 2015

Baltimore judge: Charges against police in Gray case can go forward

By Ian Simpson

(Reuters) – A judge on Wednesday rejected defense motions to
drop charges against six police officers in the case of a black
man who died in April from injuries in police custody.

Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams also
rejected a motion from the defense calling for prosecutor
Marilyn Mosby and her office to recuse themselves from the
Freddie Gray case.

Sep 2, 2015

Baltimore judge to weigh motions in high-profile police death case

By Ian Simpson

(Reuters) – A Baltimore court will hear pretrial arguments on Wednesday in the case against six U.S. police officers accused in the death of a black man from an injury in police custody.

The death of Freddie Gray, 25, in April drew worldwide attention when it triggered protests and a day of rioting, arson and looting. The case became part of a national debate on police treatment of minorities in the United States.

Aug 31, 2015

Washington mayor backs police chief after union’s no-confidence vote

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser vowed support for the U.S. capital’s police chief on Monday after a police union voted that it had no confidence in her amid a sharp upturn in killings.

Police Chief Cathy Lanier and Bowser have come under increasing public pressure as killings have surged this summer. The District of Columbia has notched 105 homicides this year, the same number as in all of 2015.

Aug 29, 2015

Man who shot Virginia journalists identified with 9/11 attacks: sheriff

By Ian Simpson

(Reuters) – The gunman who killed two Virginia television journalists on air carried out a well-planned assault and identified with mass murderers and the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, authorities said on Friday.

The shooter, Vester Flanagan, gave no sign of his destination or next move when he fled after gunning down the journalists from Roanoke station WDBJ7 on Wednesday, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

Aug 28, 2015

Virginia governor calls for gun controls after journalists shot

By Ian Simpson

(Reuters) – Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe on Friday vowed to press for gun control reforms following the deaths of two television journalists by a former station employee in an on-air shooting.

The pledge by McAuliffe, a Democrat, came as more details emerged about the Wednesday shooting of the journalists at Roanoke station WDBJ7, including ammunition, letters and clothing found in the gunman’s car.

Aug 27, 2015

Father of Virginia TV reporter slain on air vows to fight for gun control

WASHINGTON, Aug 27 (Reuters) – The father of a Virginia
journalist killed in an on-air shooting said on Thursday he
would become a crusader for gun control, but analysts said there
was little likelihood of legislation on the federal level any
time soon, despite changes in some states.

Two journalists, reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam
Ward of Roanoke CBS affiliate WDBJ7, were shot during a live
interview on Wednesday by a disgruntled former station employee
who later killed himself. The woman who was being interviewed
was wounded and hospitalized.

Aug 26, 2015

Boundaries shift in the U.S. on what cellphone use is rude: survey

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Do you text or otherwise engage with a small screen during a social gathering? A U.S. survey suggests you are not alone, even if you are annoyed when other people do exactly the same thing.

The Pew Research Center survey on shifts in what is acceptable in an always-wired world found 82 percent of American adults say that using cellphones hurt conversation in social gatherings.

Aug 19, 2015

Washington, DC, targets illegal guns as killings surge

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The District of Columbia on Wednesday sharply hiked rewards for seized illegal guns amid an upsurge in killings in the U.S. capital, part of a rise in homicides in many big cities.

Washington will pay a $2,500 reward for a tip leading to gun seizures, up from $1,000. Information leading to an arrest and conviction in a shooting earns a reward of $10,000, up from $1,000, Mayor Muriel Bowser and Police Chief Cathy Lanier said in a statement.

Aug 18, 2015

Ex-police officer faces murder charge in Virginia shooting death

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A former Virginia police officer was indicted by a grand jury on Monday for second-degree murder in a 2013 on-duty shooting death, an attorney said.

Adam Torres, a onetime Fairfax County police officer, was indicted for shooting John Geer, 46, of Springfield, at his home, Michael Lieberman, a lawyer for the Geer family, said in an email.

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      "Ian Simpson covers Italian equities from Milan with a focus on banks. In a 30-year career, he has been based in Dallas, Kansas City, New York, Washington, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Portugal and Italy. He has reported from more than 20 countries."
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