Correspondent, Milan
Ian's Feed
May 12, 2015

University of Virginia official sues Rolling Stone over rape story

By Ian Simpson

(Reuters) – A University of Virginia official filed a $7.85
million libel suit against Rolling Stone magazine, its parent
company and a reporter on Tuesday over a now-debunked story of a
gang rape on the U.S. campus.

The suit claimed that Nicole Eramo, associate dean of
students, was defamed by Rolling Stone, Wenner Media and
reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdely in the November 2014 article about
an alleged 2012 gang rape at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.

May 6, 2015

Baltimore asks U.S. Justice Dept to review police practices

By Ian Simpson

(Reuters) – Baltimore officials asked the U.S. Justice Department to investigate its police department for civil rights violations after the death of a black man from injuries sustained in police custody, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said on Wednesday.

The review will look into police practices such as frisks, street stops of suspects, arrests and searches to see if they violate the U.S. Constitution, Rawlings-Blake said at a news conference.

May 6, 2015

U.S. probing Islamic State claims it was behind Texas cartoon attack

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. investigators were looking into claims by the Islamic State that it was behind a failed attack on a Texas exhibit of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in which two gunmen were killed, but officials said on Tuesday they doubted the militant group’s direct involvement.

The Syria- and Iraq-based Islamic State (IS) said on its official online radio station that “two soldiers of the caliphate” carried out the attack on Sunday in Garland, a suburb of Dallas.

May 6, 2015

U.S. investigates claim Islamic State behind Texas attack

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. investigators were investigating a claim by Islamic State that it was behind a failed attack on a Texas exhibit of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in which two gunmen were killed, but officials said on Tuesday they doubted the militant group’s direct involvement.

The Syria- and Iraq-based Islamic State said on its official online radio station that “two soldiers of the caliphate” carried out the attack on Sunday in Garland, a suburb of Dallas.

May 5, 2015

Islamic State claims responsibility for Texas cartoon exhibit attack

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Islamic State militant group took responsibility on Tuesday for a failed attack on a Texas exhibit of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad in which two gunmen were killed, with U.S. investigators probing the veracity of the claim.

The Syria- and Iraq-based Islamic State (IS) said on its official online radio station that “two soldiers of the caliphate” carried out the attack on Sunday in Garland, a suburb of Dallas.

May 4, 2015

Baltimore lifts curfew imposed after unrest, relieving many

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – The mayor of Baltimore on Sunday lifted a night curfew imposed on the city last week to stem a spate of looting and arson that followed the funeral of a young black man who died from injuries suffered while in police custody.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said she believed sufficient calm had returned to allow her to end the 10 p.m.-5 a.m. curfew, which took effect last Tuesday after protests over the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray turned violent on Monday.

May 3, 2015

Day of prayer for Baltimore after black man’s police custody death

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – The city of Baltimore was on Sunday to observe a day of prayer two weeks after a 25-year-old black man died of injuries suffered in police custody in a case that has led to criminal charges against six officers.

Freddie Gray’s death last month was the latest in a string of police killings of unarmed black men that have sparked anger and protests across the United States over the past year. But in a sharp departure from many prior incidents, Baltimore prosecutors found the officers had broken the law both in arresting Gray and in roughly handling him.

May 3, 2015

Festive Baltimore rallies in hope after police charged

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Thousands of people took to the streets of Baltimore on Saturday as anger over the death of a young black man turned to hopes for change following swift criminal charges against six police officers.

There was an upbeat mood at the march from the housing projects where 25-year-old Freddie Gray was arrested last month to a plaza in front of city hall where the city’s chief prosecutor announced charges on Friday ranging from murder to assault in his death.

May 2, 2015

Baltimore heads into weekend of rallies after officers charged

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – A jubilant Baltimore headed into a weekend of rallies on Saturday after six police officers were criminally charged over the arrest of a 25-year-old black man whose death led to rioting earlier in the week.

Demonstrations are expected to continue around the United States through the weekend, with a massive rally planned for Baltimore city hall with marchers leaving from the Gilmor Homes housing projects where the victim, Freddie Gray, was arrested.

May 2, 2015

Six Baltimore officers charged in death of Gray, one with murder

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Baltimore’s chief prosecutor charged one police officer with murder on Friday and five others with lesser crimes in the death of a young black man who suffered a critical neck injury in the back of a police van, a case that fueled new anger over police treatment of minorities.

The swift decision by Marilyn Mosby, who has been in the position only since January, to charge the six officers in the death of Freddie Gray caught many by surprise in a city hit Monday night by its worst civil unrest in decades.

    • 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."
      Joined Reuters:
      1990
      Languages:
      Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, some Dari
    • Follow Ian