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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

Ten miles north, and a world away, from Baltimore’s troubles

By Scott Malone

TOWSON, Md. (Reuters) – As a jazz band played outside the courthouse and people enjoyed an outdoor lunch, the leafy suburb of Towson, Maryland, felt a world away on Thursday from the tension in Baltimore after a black man died of injuries sustained in police custody.

The latest outburst of racially tinged rioting to hit the United States over the past year happened on Monday night 10 miles (16 km) south of Towson in West Baltimore, where some burned-out lots from riots in 1968 still stand vacant.

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 30, 2015

Marchers protest police violence in Baltimore, New York

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Protesters marched against police violence in cities from New York to Boston on Wednesday, as troops stood by in Baltimore to enforce a curfew imposed after civil unrest over the death of a 25-year-old black man.

The marches were the latest in a string of demonstrations against racial profiling and police use of lethal force sparked by the deaths of unarmed African-American men in Cleveland; Ferguson, Missouri; New York and elsewhere in the past year.

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) – Thousands of police and National Guard troops fanned out across Baltimore on Tuesday night to enforce a new curfew and prevent further violence, while the mayor fended off criticism that she responded sluggishly to a night of rioting, looting and fires.

A day after the worst rioting in the United States in years, more than 3,000 police took up posts in front of businesses and hospitals with less than 30 minutes before a citywide 10 p.m. EDT curfew takes effect.

Apr 28, 2015

Boston bomber’s lawyer urges ‘unrelenting punishment’ over death

BOSTON (Reuters) – Convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was adrift and following his obsessive older brother when he carried out the deadly 2013 attack, a defense lawyer said on Monday as he urged a jury to spare his client’s life.

The defense sought to portray Tsarnaev as a member of a fractured family who easily fell under the spell of his 26-year-old brother, Tamerlan. Lawyers described Tamerlan as the mastermind of the April 15, 2013, attack that killed three people and injured 264.

Apr 27, 2015

Defense to begin arguments to spare Boston bomber’s life

BOSTON (Reuters) – The trial of the convicted Boston Marathon bomber enters a new and critical stage on Monday as defense lawyers begin to present their case that a jury should sentence Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to life in prison, rather than death.

Tsarnaev, a 21-year-old ethnic Chechen, early this month was found guilty of killing three people and injuring 264 in one of the highest-profile attacks on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001, as well as fatally shooting a police officer.

Apr 23, 2015

Boston bombing jury sees photos of victims who lost legs

BOSTON (Reuters) – The jury that will decide whether convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is sentenced to death viewed photos on Thursday of 18 people who lost limbs in the deadly 2013 attack and heard from two amputees.

One of them, 36-year-old Marc Fucarile recalled being knocked to the ground by the second of two explosions and hearing someone yell that he was on fire.

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