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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.

May 2, 2015

Joy, relief in Baltimore as police are charged in black man’s death

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Baltimore residents cautiously celebrated news on Friday that six police officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray face criminal charges, a marked contrast to recent rioting over fraught relations between police and the African-American community.

Residents shouted with joy, embraced one another and honked car horns to hail the swift action by Baltimore city’s chief prosecutor to file charges in the death of Gray, a black man who suffered severe spinal injuries while in police custody.

May 1, 2015

Baltimore prosecutor takes center stage in black man’s death

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Baltimore prosecutor Marilyn Mosby stole the spotlight on Friday with her surprisingly swift decision to bring criminal charges against six police officers in the arrest and death in April of a 25-year-old black man.

Only four months in the job, the city’s 35-year-old African-American state’s attorney, drew cheers from a crowd at the news conference where she announced the charges. But the city’s Fraternal Order of Police defended the officers and said Mosby’s marriage to Baltimore City Councilman Nick Mosby posed a conflict of interest.

May 1, 2015

Baltimore celebrates after police charged in black man’s death

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Residents shouted with joy, embraced and honked car horns on Friday on the same Baltimore streets where rioters had clashed with police earlier this week in anger over the death of a black man who suffered severe spinal injuries while in custody.

The news that prosecutors have criminally charged all six police officers involved in the April 12 arrest of Freddie Gray, however, did not salve residents’ anger over poor relations between police and African-American communities.

May 1, 2015

Six Baltimore police officers face murder, other charges in death of black man

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Six Baltimore police officers will face criminal charges, including second-degree murder and manslaughter, in the death of a black man who was arrested and suffered fatal injuries while riding in a moving police van, the city’s chief prosecutor said on Friday.

Marilyn Mosby, the state’s attorney for Baltimore City, said Gray, who died a week after his April 12 arrest, suffered a critical neck injury as a result of being handcuffed inside the van. She said officers failed to provide medical attention to Gray even though he asked for it on at least two occasions.

May 1, 2015

Police findings on Baltimore man’s death handed to prosecutors

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – A Baltimore police report on the death of a black man who suffered spinal injuries while in custody was handed over on Thursday to the city’s chief prosecutor, who must decide whether to bring charges against six officers involved in the man’s arrest.

The office of Marilyn Mosby, the state’s attorney, will include the internal report as part of its own investigation into the death of Freddie Gray, who was injured sometime between his arrest on April 12 for carrying a switchblade knife and his arrival at a police station.

Apr 30, 2015

Baltimore police give prosecutors report on Freddie Gray’s death

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Baltimore police have handed state prosecutors the findings of an internal investigation into the death of a black man who suffered spinal injuries while in custody, officials said on Thursday.

The report was turned over to the state’s attorney a day earlier than expected, Police Commissioner Anthony Batts told a news conference. Prosecutors have said they would conduct their own probe before deciding whether to charge six police officers involved in the arrest of 25-year-old Freddie Gray on April 12.

Apr 30, 2015

Baltimore waits for answers on black man’s death in police custody

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Residents of Baltimore and activists across the United States waited on Thursday for official word on the cause of a black man’s death in police custody earlier this month, as protests over the case spread to other cities.

More than 100 people were arrested in New York overnight on Wednesday during protests against police violence, while Baltimore saw a largely peaceful night as a curfew held after rioting over the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray.

Apr 29, 2015

Residents of Baltimore fume over shuttered recreation centers

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – The looting and street violence that roiled Baltimore this week shows why it is a big mistake to shut down the city’s recreation centers, many residents say, fearing the closures make it more likely that young people get in trouble with the law.

The rampage by mostly youthful crowds on Monday, sparked by the death of a 25-year-old black man who was injured while in police custody, was a painful reminder that young people badly needed after-school programs and recreation centers, they said.

Apr 29, 2015

Baltimore streets quiet after first night of curfew enforcement

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – The streets of Baltimore were largely quiet overnight, with only scattered arrests reported during a curfew imposed after the latest wave of rioting fueled by anger against U.S police killings of black men.

Shortly after the curfew began late on Tuesday night, police in riot gear fired rubber bullets and lobbed gas canisters at a few hundred protesters who stood in front of a pharmacy that had been burned out.

    • 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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      1990
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      Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, some Dari
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