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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.

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

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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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