Tag Archives: Freddie Gray

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

The scene in East Baltimore,  week after a fire burned down the Southern Baptist Church's senior living facility construction project at Federal and Chester Streets. Some construction crews sift through the damages in preparations to rebuild. (The Daily Record/Maximilian Franz).

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

Volunteers with the Maryland Food Bank help set up a food drop at Matthew Henson Elementary School in Baltimore on April 30. (Photo courtesy of Maryland Food Bank)

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

Protestors last week in Baltimore (The Daily Record / Maximilian Franz)

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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Warnken: Charges speedy, but thoughtful

Byron L. Warnken, a criminal defense attorney and professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law who wrote a treatise on Maryland criminal procedure, said the high-profile nature of the Freddie Gray case and the circumstances involved make it likely the defense will seek a change of venue. (The Daily Record/Maximilian Franz)

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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From the steps of the War Memorial: Mosby speaks of Gray ‘homicide’

Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby announces charges, ranging from assault to murder, against police officers in the death of Freddie Gray.

Baltimore’s chief prosecutor has charged six city police officers in what she called the “homicide” of Freddie Gray while in custody following an “illegal arrest.” The charges include second degree depraved heart murder, involuntary manslaughter, second degree assaul, manslaughter by vehicle, false imprisonment and misconduct in office.

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Harmed by riots, small businesses now face a curfew

Matrice Davis, 711 worker at the corner of Charles and Saratoga, placing closed signs on the front entrance that was busted open Monday during the looting. (The Daily Record/Maximilian Franz)

Casey Yang, owner of Coffee-Land, usually closes his shop downtown at about 5 p.m. and is out the door about 15 minutes later. But on Monday, there were a few late sandwich orders that kept the store open longer and delayed his going home. That delay proved to be fateful. As he was preparing to leave, he noticed a group of teenagers gathering in front of his store on Charles Street downtown. Yang, 54, felt the situation was dangerous so he locked his door and hid in a corner. But the group of about 20 teenagers saw him, smashed the glass door; demanded money; ransacked the store; hit him in the head with a container; and stole his briefcase. Despite the ordeal, he plans to open his doors again on Wednesday and dismissed the idea of relocating the shop. "We have to keep [the] business here. We have no choice," Yang said. Small businesses throughout the city, even those that haven't been directly impacted by the riots, are hurting as a result of the destruction that started on Saturday, and erupted into full scale riots on Monday. The violence comes as an off shoot of anger over the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray from injuries suffered while in the Baltimore Police Department's custody.

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Rioting could raise stakes for Mosby’s decision following Freddie Gray investigation

(Maximilian Franz / The Daily Record)

When former state’s attorney Gregg L. Bernstein announced charges would not be brought against police officers in two high-profile brutality cases, almost all of the reaction and fallout was confined to Baltimore. But with the death of Freddie Gray and Monday’s rioting garnering international attention, all eyes will be on Bernstein’s successor whenever she announces if charges will be filed against any police officers.

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