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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.

Apr 22, 2015

Would-be Reagan assassin faces hearing that could expand freedom

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. federal judge begins hearings on Wednesday on whether would-be presidential assassin John Hinckley Jr. could get more time outside the mental hospital where he has lived since shooting Ronald Reagan in 1981.

Hinckley, 59, has been allowed since December 2013 to leave Washington’s St. Elizabeths Hospital for 17 days a month to stay with his mother in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Apr 22, 2015

Crowds protest death of man after arrest by Baltimore police

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Baltimore on Tuesday to protest the death of a 27-year-old black man who died after being arrested by local police.

The U.S. Justice Department is looking into the case of Freddie Gray, who was arrested on April 12 and a week later in a hospital after slipping into a coma, a spokeswoman said.

Apr 21, 2015

Baltimore police name officers suspended over suspect’s death

By Ian Simpson

(Reuters) – Baltimore police on Tuesday identified six officers suspended over the death of a black man in police custody, a case that has renewed concern about U.S. law enforcement’s treatment of minorities.

Freddie Gray, 27, was arrested by white officers on April 12 and died on Sunday after slipping into a coma. A preliminary autopsy report said he died from a spinal injury, and the death has sparked outrage in the largely black city.

    • 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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