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Apr 29, 2015

Thousands of police descend on Baltimore to enforce curfew after riots

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – As night falls on Baltimore on Tuesday, thousands of police and National Guard troops fanned out to enforce a new curfew and prevent further violence as the mayor fended off criticism that she responded sluggishly to a night of rioting, looting and fires.

More than 3,000 police from Maryland, New Jersey and the District of Columbia, and National Guard members in helmets, took up posts in front of businesses and hospitals in Baltimore a day after the worst rioting in the United States in years.

Apr 28, 2015

In tense Baltimore, mayor’s response to rioting comes under scrutiny

BALTIMORE, April 28 (Reuters) – Baltimore’s mayor came under
criticism on Tuesday for a slow police response to some of the
worst urban rioting in the United States in years with shops
looted, buildings burned to the ground and 20 officers injured.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said he had called Mayor
Stephanie Rawlings-Blake repeatedly Monday but that she held off
requesting the National Guard until three hours after violence
first erupted following the funeral of a 25-year-old black man
who died in police custody on April 19.

Apr 28, 2015

Baltimore smolders after riot over black man’s police-custody death

BALTIMORE, April 28 (Reuters) – Baltimore residents on
Tuesday began cleaning up the wreckage from rioting and fires
that erupted after the funeral of a 25-year-old black man who
died after suffering a spinal injury in police custody.

Acrid smoke hung over streets where fire crews raced to
contain damage from violence that broke out just blocks from the
funeral of Freddie Gray and spread through much of West
Baltimore.

Apr 28, 2015

Baltimore erupts in riots after funeral of man who died in police custody

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Hundreds of rioters looted businesses and set buildings on fire in Baltimore on Monday in widespread violence that injured at least 15 police officers following the funeral of a 25-year-old black man who died after he was injured in police custody.

The disturbances broke out just a few blocks from the funeral of Freddie Gray and then spread through parts of Baltimore in the most violent U.S. demonstrations since looting in Ferguson, Missouri, last year.

Apr 27, 2015

Violence erupts after funeral of Baltimore man who died in police custody

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Seven Baltimore police officers were injured on Monday as rioters threw bricks and stones and burned patrol cars in violent protests after the funeral of a black man who died in police custody.

The riots broke out just a few blocks from the site of the funeral of 25-year-old Freddie Gray in northwest Baltimore and then spread through other parts of the city, after local law enforcement warned of a threat by gangs.

Apr 27, 2015

Baltimore police threatened as funeral held for man who died in custody

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – The Baltimore Police Department on Monday reported receiving a “credible threat” that several gangs were planning to try to “take out” law enforcement officers, the same day of a funeral for a city man who died in police custody.

The department urged officers to take steps to ensure their safety.

The death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray has led to protests in the latest outcry over U.S. law enforcement’s treatment of minorities. Police say Gray died of a neck injury on April 19 after being arrested on April 12.

Apr 27, 2015

Mourners line up for Baltimore man who died in police custody

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Mourners lined up on Monday before the funeral of a Baltimore black man who died in police custody, a death that has led to protests in the latest outcry over U.S. law enforcement’s treatment of minorities.

The long line stretched out of the front door of the New Shiloh Baptist Church for the funeral of 25-year-old Freddie Gray. Police say he died of a neck injury on April 19 after being arrested on April 12.

Apr 24, 2015

Marchers scuffle with Baltimore police over death of man in custody

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Whistle-blowing, chanting demonstrators briefly scuffled with police on Thursday during a protest over the death of a black man in Baltimore police custody.

A handful of the hundred of marchers demonstrating against the death of Freddie Gray, 25, threw bottles of water and debris at police as officers arrested a man during the noisy march from City Hall to the Western District police station where Gray was taken when he was arrested on April 12.

Apr 23, 2015

Rights group to probe Baltimore man’s death, cites no confidence in police

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – The U.S. Southern Christian Leadership Conference will independently investigate the death of a black Baltimore man in police custody, with the local head of the civil rights group saying it lacked confidence in a police probe into the death.

The man, Freddie Gray, 27, was arrested on April 12 and died on Sunday. A preliminary autopsy showed he died of a spinal cord injury. His death has sparked outrage and days of protests in this largely black city of about 620,000 people.

Apr 22, 2015

Baltimore police gave statements after death in custody: lawyer

By Ian Simpson

(Reuters) – Five of the six officers involved in the arrest of a black man who died in police custody gave voluntary, recorded statements the night of the incident, a lawyer for the Baltimore police union said on Wednesday.

The lawyer, Michael Davey, contradicted comments from Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake over the death of Freddie Gray, 27, who was arrested on April 12 and died on Sunday. A preliminary autopsy report showed Gray died of a spinal injury, and his death renewed concern about law enforcement treatment of U.S. minorities.

    • 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
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