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Baltimore Mayor Fires Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Wednesday that she has replaced Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts, citing “utmost urgency” to stop a recent surge in violence.

July 8, 2015

After Freddie Gray Death, U.S. Starts Civil Rights Probe Of Baltimore Police

In the wake of Freddie Gray’s death in police custody, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced Friday that the Department of Justice will launch a full-scale civil rights investigation into Baltimore’s police.

May 8, 2015

Toya Graham Simply Doing What Mothers Do

You’ve probably seen the viral video of Toya Graham, during last week’s unrest in Baltimore, using some rather pungent language and some open-handed smacks upside the head to pull her 16-year-old son out of the riot zone.

May 6, 2015

Violence In Baltimore Wasn’t ‘Counterproductive’

The violence in Baltimore might be called political violence: illegitimate but rooted in the legitimate desire to petition the state for redress of grievances.

May 5, 2015

CVS Plans To Rebuild As Baltimore Works To Help Riot-Torn Businesses

Looted and burned, the CVS store at Pennsylvania and North avenues was one of more than 235 businesses damaged in the violence that shook the city last week.

May 5, 2015

Riots Invoked As Lobbying Tool In Maryland

Hogan said Monday he has been too busy addressing immediate public safety concerns to make any policy decisions. “We’ve been kind of busy saving the city of Baltimore.”

May 5, 2015

Protests Are Fine, But Policy Is Where Change Needs To Happen

Too often African-Americans have focused solely on protest — an important element of social change, but not the only one.

May 4, 2015

The Hurting City: A House Divided

Unrest on the streets of Baltimore is a tale told over again in American history. The Civil War’s first blood was spilled there in a scene that foreshadowed the racial reckoning the nation witnessed this week.

May 1, 2015

The Roots Of Baltimore’s Anguish

The violence that has engulfed Baltimore is visible and heartbreaking evidence of a city that has been under siege for decades.

April 30, 2015

Defeatism In Baltimore

The claims that the city isn’t doing anything for the poor black neighborhoods are a disconnect from reality. Is that why high-school kids burned down a CVS the city worked hard to secure for them and, even more inexplicably, a low-income senior housing project costing a reported $16 million?

April 30, 2015
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In Baltimore, Riots Appear Where Urban Renewal Didn’t

“This is a ghost town. The only store we have, they burned down.”

April 29, 2015

‘What Can I Do?’ Let’s Find Out

As Martin Luther King noted after young people in Memphis broke windows and looted stores during the last march he ever led, violence has a way of changing the subject.

April 29, 2015

Baltimore Devolves Into Chaos, Violence, Looting

Monday’s violent acts followed the distribution of a flier on social media calling for high schoolers to “purge,” a reference to a movie in which all laws are suspended for a day.

April 28, 2015

Maryland Governor Declares State Of Emergency In Baltimore Amid Street Violence

Baltimore braced for a night of violence and police clashes after looting, fires, and rock throwing erupted Monday afternoon, hours after the funeral for Freddie Gray, whose spine was severed in police custody.

April 27, 2015