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Sep 10, 2015

Baltimore judge to weigh whether police trials should be moved

By Ian Simpson

(Reuters) – A Baltimore judge on Thursday will hear
arguments on a change of venue for six police officers facing
trial in the death of Freddie Gray Jr., a black man who died
from an injury in police custody.

Defense lawyers for the officers will argue before Circuit
Court Judge Barry Williams that intense publicity makes it
impossible to hold a fair trial in the city. Gray’s death in
April triggered protests and fueled a U.S. debate on police
treatment of minorities.

Sep 8, 2015

Baltimore offers $6.4 million to settle Freddie Gray case

By Ian Simpson

(Reuters) – Baltimore has reached a tentative $6.4 million settlement with the family of Freddie Gray, a black man who died from an injury sustained in police custody, city officials said on Tuesday.

The settlement with his family will be submitted to the Baltimore Board of Estimates for a vote on Wednesday, the office of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said in a statement, adding that it does not constitute an admission of liability.

Sep 8, 2015

U.S. judge upholds Arizona’s ‘show your papers’ immigration law

By Ian Simpson

(Reuters) – A federal judge has upheld part of Arizona’s
contentious immigration law, rejecting claims that the so-called
“show your papers” section of the law discriminated against

The ruling by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton on Friday was
on the last of seven challenges to the 2010 law. The section
being upheld allows police in Arizona to check the immigration
status of anyone they stop.

Sep 8, 2015

Hundreds of Americans sign petition offering to house Syrian refugees

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hundreds of Americans offered on Monday to take Syrian refugees into their homes, saying in an online petition that the United States needed to let in more migrants fleeing civil war.

Almost 1,300 people had signed the petition on the progressive website calling on the United States to lift its limit on Syrian refugees as Europe struggled to cope with record numbers of asylum seekers.

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.

    • About Ian

      "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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