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May 3, 2015

Festive Baltimore rallies in hope after police charged

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Thousands of people took to the streets of Baltimore on Saturday as anger over the death of a young black man turned to hopes for change following swift criminal charges against six police officers.

There was an upbeat mood at the march from the housing projects where 25-year-old Freddie Gray was arrested last month to a plaza in front of city hall where the city’s chief prosecutor announced charges on Friday ranging from murder to assault in his death.

May 2, 2015

Baltimore’s curfew takes a toll on city businesses

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Five days after rioters torched buildings and looted stores in an outbreak of violence over the death of a black man who was fatally injured in police custody, Baltimore’s bars and restaurants are hurting.

With police and National Guard troops enforcing a 10 p.m. nightly curfew, businesses in all corners of the city are forced to close early and are seeing fewer customers during the shortened hours they are open, business owners said on Saturday.

May 2, 2015

Baltimore heads into weekend of rallies after officers charged

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – A jubilant Baltimore headed into a weekend of rallies on Saturday after six police officers were criminally charged over the arrest of a 25-year-old black man whose death led to rioting earlier in the week.

Demonstrations are expected to continue around the United States through the weekend, with a massive rally planned for Baltimore city hall with marchers leaving from the Gilmor Homes housing projects where the victim, Freddie Gray, was arrested.

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

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.

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      "Scott Malone is the Boston-based editor in charge for general news overseeing the northeastern United States, where he covers everything from politics to storms to the weird and wonderful of New England. Scott has interviewed newsmakers ranging from Macky Sall, the president of Senegal, to chart-topping rockers Aerosmith. His reporting has taken him from storm-swept New Orleans to the weather observatory atop Mount Washington in New Hampshire."
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