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Officers charged in Freddie Gray’s death want case dismissed

Attorneys for six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of a man who died of a spinal injury he received while in custody asked a judge Friday to dismiss the case or assign it to someone other than the city's top prosecutor, who they say has too many conflicts of interest to remain objective.

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US to investigate Baltimore police force

The Justice Department is preparing to announce a civil rights investigation into the practices of the Baltimore police department following a request from that city's mayor, a person familiar with the matter said Thursday. The investigation could be announced as early as Friday, according to the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision had not yet been made public.

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A little sense of justice goes a long way

Low-income people more often than not do not feel that there is justice, equality,or fairness in our system. We do not have to reach accord on the the causes of those sentiments, or even their merits. All we have to acknowledge is that those sentiments are a lot of people's feelings, and those feelings are facts.

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Destroyed seniors’ center, symbol of riot’s damage, set to rise again

As darkness fell over the cit last Monday, reports of a large fire in East Baltimore started to trickle in. Eventually, images of the fire appeared on television in the same area where The Woda Group had been building the $16 million Mary Harvin Center, with 61 units of affordable senior housing and various services. "I was saying to myself, 'Oh, no. I know what burns like that. The only thing that burns like that is lumber, and the biggest pile of lumber that I know in this town is four stories of lumber at Mary Harvin,'" Woda executive Kevin Bell said. Sure enough Bell's instincts were correct. The project, on which the company had been working with Southern Baptist Church for more than five years, was about 45 percent complete last Monday. The following morning it was a smoldering pile of rubble, a symbol of the violence and destruction that erupted in the city over the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray from injuries apparently sustained while in police custody. On Monday, Bell, Pastor Donte' Hickman and several elected officials all gathered to announce that construction on the building could begin again as early as next week.

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Unrest in city prompts surge in volunteer interest

After last week's riots and fires in Baltimore, an overwhelming number of people have reached out to local nonprofits saying they want to help. At Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake, that's meant a 3,000 percent increase in volunteer inquiries, said Terry Hickey, the organization's president and CEO. "We usually get about four inquiries a day. In the past two days, we've had about 300," Hickey told The Daily Record.

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FOP officials blast Mosby for charging police officers

Michael Davey

Representatives from the local Fraternal Order of Police on Friday afternoon blasted Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby's decision hours earlier to charge six police officers in connection with the death of Freddie Gray. "We believe that the actions taken today by state’s attorney are an egregious rush to judgment, and we have grave concerns about the integrity of the prosecution of our officers," said Michael E. Davey, a lawyer for the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3 as well as Lt. Brian W. Rice, who was charged with involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, misconduct in office and false imprisonment.

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Residents in riot-torn areas celebrate charges against police

Following State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby filing charges against six Baltimore police officers as a result of the death of Freddie Gray, residents took to the streets in celebration at the corner of North and Pennsylvania avenues. Standing at what was once the epicenter of a riot, residents expressed hope and basked in a moment of victory before the long legal process begins.

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Rawlings-Blake: I’ll be ‘relentless’ changing police culture

Saying that she was “sickened and heart-broken” by a statement of criminal charges against six city police officers released Friday, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said she would “continue to be relentless in changing the culture” of the city’s police department. ...

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Warnken: Charges speedy, but thoughtful

Law professor Byron Warnken said he was initially “very surprised” that city state’s attorney Marilyn Mosby’s announcement of charges to be brought against police officers involved in the Freddie Gray’s arrest came just a day after she received a copy of the Baltimore Police investigation. “There's no way in heck I could receive a report that long and start from square zero, digest that and make charging decisions in a 24 hour period,” Warnken said. However, Warnken said, Mosby’s press conference Friday morning seemed to be an indicator of how thorough her own office’s simultaneous investigation had been.

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