EXPLAINER: Rittenhouse plane part of widespread surveillance
The FBI surveillance plane that captured footage of the night Kyle Rittenhouse shot three people during a protest against police brutality in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last year was part of a wider government strategy to keep tabs on demonstrations against racial injustice.
Subpoenas target Baltimore's top prosecutor, city councilman
Federal prosecutors have launched a criminal investigation into the finances of Baltimores top prosecutor and her husband, who is city council president. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)BALTIMORE – Federal prosecutors have launched a criminal investigation into the finances of Baltimore's top prosecutor and her husband, who is city council president. Marilyn Mosby has been a high-profile prosecutor who has aligned herself with criminal-justice reformers. Marilyn Mosby said she had no obligation to seek approval because nonprofit groups paid for the travel. Two churches also told the Sun they received subpoenas asking whether Nick Mosby had made contributions to them.
Police groups endorse Biden’s pick for civil rights chief
Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division nominee Kristen Clarke speaks during an event with President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del., Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON – Some of the largest law enforcement groups in the U.S. are throwing their support behind President Joe Biden’s nominee to run the Justice Department’s civil rights division. Other supporters also include the National Association of Police Organizations, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association, the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives and dozens of crime victims. As attorney general in the Obama administration, Eric Holder frequently criticized violent police confrontations and opened a series of civil rights investigations into local law enforcement practices. The civil rights investigations often ended with court-approved consent decrees that mandated reforms.
Maryland police reform would repeal officer job protections
Jones hopes the time has come to repeal the state’s Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights — police protections in state law she says have shielded authorities from responsibility, including the officers who she believes suffocated her brother. Police union leaders, however, are concerned the changes could erode important law enforcement protections. The Maryland law created procedural protections in disciplinary matters. For example, in 2013, the year of West's death, officers accused in complaints were given a 10-day waiting period before the police department could interview them. But Clyde Boatwright, the president of the Maryland Fraternal Order of Police, is concerned the proposals will go too far.
Yankees make most of schedule change, defeat Orioles 9-3
New York Yankees' Aaron Judge (99) greets DJ LeMahieu, right, after LaMahieu hit a solo home run off Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Asher Wojciechowski during the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Yankees make most of schedule change, defeat Orioles 9-3
New York Yankees' Aaron Judge (99) greets DJ LeMahieu, right, after LaMahieu hit a solo home run off Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Asher Wojciechowski during the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)BALTIMORE If the New York Yankees must adjust on the fly to a sudden change in the schedule, there's no team they'd rather face than the Baltimore Orioles. So Major League Baseball thrust the Yankees and Orioles together while the Marlins and Phillies recover. I thought our mindset was really good," New York manager Aaron Boone said of the team's need to change direction without much notice. Orioles: Means was 0-2 with a 12.27 ERA in two starts against the Yankees as a rookie last year.
Wide shift in opinion on police, race rare in US polling
Its rare for public opinion on social issues to change sharply and swiftly. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)WASHINGTON It's rare for public opinion on social issues to change sharply and swiftly. The recent shifts in public opinion stand out when compared with years of survey research conducted following similar slayings of Black people by police. SLOW AND STEADY SOCIAL CHANGEOpinion on social issues often change gradually over an extended period of time. POLITICAL CHANGEMeanwhile, significant shifts in public opinion inevitably follow presidential and midterm elections.
AP-NORC poll: Sweeping change in US views of police violence
More Americans now say police brutality is a serious problem that too often goes undisciplined and unequally targets black Americans. In the latest poll, roughly 3 in 10 said police violence is a moderately serious problem. Most black Americans continue to say police violence is a very serious problem. Smith also feels many white Americans are unaware of the fear or anxiety black Americans experience in those interactions. Nine in 10 black Americans and 7 in 10 white Americans say white people are treated more fairly.
Trump signs order on police reform, doesn't mention racism
Law enforcement officials applaud after President Donald Trump signed an executive order on police reform, in the Rose Garden of the White House, Tuesday, June 16, 2020, in Washington. But he made no mention of the roiling national debate over racism spawned by police killings of black men and women. Reducing crime and raising standards are not opposite goals," he said before signing the order Tuesday, flanked by police officials. Trumps executive order would establish a database that tracks police officers with excessive use-of-force complaints in their records. The White House has said that is a step too far.
A look at Democrats' sweeping proposals to overhaul policing
The law would allow an officer to be charged for acting with reckless disregard for someones life, causing that person's death. The bill would amend federal misconduct statutes to make it easier for courts to find officers personally liable for the violation of civil rights. The proposal would give specific subpoena power to federal civil rights prosecutors to conduct those investigations and would aid state attorneys general with conducting similar investigations. As attorney general in the Obama administration, Eric Holder frequently criticized violent police confrontations and opened a series of civil rights investigations into local law enforcement practices. The civil rights investigations often ended with court-approved consent decrees that mandated reforms.
Prince's Estate Releases a Powerful Handwritten Letter From the Singer About Racial Intolerance
On Sunday, which would have been his 62nd birthday, the singer's estate shared a handwritten letter he once wrote about racial intolerance. "Nothing more ugly in the whole wide world than INTOLERANCE (between) Black, white, red, yellow, boy or girl. INTOLERANCE," Prince's message read. "In this note that he kept in his personal archives, he wrote a message that still resonates today," the caption continued. Additionally, the estate also shared the music video for "Baltimore," which Prince wrote in 2015 after Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man, died while in police custody.
Protests in top 25 virus hot spots ignite fears of contagion
Protests were held in U.S. cities over the death of Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. Many of the protests broke out in places where the virus is still circulating widely in the population. Some have seen major protests over multiple days, including Minneapolis-St. Paul, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. Experts point out that other factors associated with protests could accelerate the spread of the virus. Public health experts said it will take two to three weeks to know whether the protests cause a surge in coronavirus cases.
Protesters invoke different names to decry police treatment
In Tulsa, Oklahoma, people gathered in a spot where white mobs killed hundreds of blacks a century ago and chanted the name of Terence Crutcher. Terence Crutcher was fatally shot in 2016 by a white police officer, Betty Shelby, who was later acquitted of manslaughter. The shooting remains under investigation, and Ramos' mom, Brenda Ramos, questioned why the officer who shot him hasn't been arrested or at least suspended. Now I am in this terrible heartbreaking club," Ramos' mom, Brenda Ramos, told reporters over the weekend. Andrew Cuomo posted a slide with the names of many black men killed or abused by police in cities around the nation.
'I can't breathe' a rally cry anew for police protests in US
Protests over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody Monday, broke out in Minneapolis for a third straight night. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)WASHINGTON I cant breathe.Eric Garner uttered those words six years ago, locked in a police chokehold. It became a rallying cry after his death for demonstrators across the country who protested the killings of African Americans by police. Floyd's death came after Ahmaud Arbery was shot to death in Georgia by a former district attorney investigator and his son, who were not arrested until after video emerged months later. Davis has gone to some protests, but came this morning with his two adolescent children to show them what was happening.
Baltimore voters face watershed moment with mayoral primary
In this June 7, 2018, photo, Thiru Vignarajah is shown after a candidate's forum for the office of Baltimore State's Attorney, in Baltimore. Although Tuesday's election is a primary, Democrats outnumber Republicans 10-1 in Baltimore, all but assuring them a general election win in November. The other front-runners are City Council President Brandon Scott, former Maryland Attorney General Thiru Vignarajah and former U.S. Treasury Department Undersecretary for Domestic Finance Mary Miller. Bernard C. Jack Young automatically became mayor after Catherine Pugh resigned, given his position at the time as City Council president. Young is seeking reelection, promising voters he will clean up the city, reduce crime and invest in the communitys youth.
Six takeaways from Reuters investigation of police violence and 'qualified immunity'
A new Reuters investigation, however, has found that more often than not, these last-ditch excessive force lawsuits fail to win victims any redress - all because of a little-known legal defense called qualified immunity. This 50-year-old creation of the U.S. Supreme Court is meant to protect government employees from frivolous litigation. We found that police won 56% of cases in which they claimed qualified immunity from 2017 through 2019. Thats because the Supreme Court has continually raised the bar for challenges to the qualified immunity defense. Multiple appeals backed by the doctrines critics have piled up before the Supreme Court.feeds.reuters.com
Cummings remembered as a mentor to many in Baltimore
Mosby is not the only Baltimore resident who relied on Cummings for advice. Before there was Barack Obama, here, we had Elijah Cummings," lifelong Baltimore resident and City Council President Brandon Scott said. Scott, 35, recalled how Cummings pulled him aside once when he was a 20-something city employee and asked him about his aspirations. Trump in July called Cummings' district a "disgusting, rat- and rodent-infested mess" where "no human being would want to live." Jamal Bryant recalled Cummings speaking at his church in Baltimore multiple times and always refusing the honorarium he was offered, instead asking that it be donated to youth programs.chicagotribune.com
A look back at Elijah Cummings' legacy a black political trailblazer who took on Trump
With Rep. Elijah Cummings' death, Capitol Hill loses a widely respected lawmaker who brought gravitas to his role as a key player in challenging President Donald Trump. The longtime Democratic representative and chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform died Thursday at age 68 due to what his office called longstanding health challenges. Early successesRep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md. Maureen Keating | CQ-Roll Call, Inc. | Getty ImagesAfter working as a lawyer in Baltimore, Cummings won a seat in the Maryland General Assembly. Freddie Gray's deathRep. Elijah Cummings pleads with protestors to go home rather than risk arrest in Baltimore, as protestors walk for Freddie Gray, April 29, 2015.cnbc.com
Baltimore-area district pushes back against Trump comments
Trump called the congressman's district a "disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess" where "no human being would want to live." Residents of Maryland's largest city say their home bears no resemblance to the place Trump described. Trump's tweets paint an incomplete picture of a sprawling district that spans Baltimore City and parts of surrounding counties. Residents say those struggles have compounded over the years, owing to institutional segregation and neglect by the federal government. Greene said she supports Cummings but complains about times when "money was needed and money wasn't received" by district residents.chicagotribune.com
Cases tossed against cops in Freddie Gray death
Prosecutors decided to drop their charges against three Baltimore police officers awaiting trial in the death of Freddie Gray. Gray was arrested in April 2015 and died a week after he was severely injured during a 45-minute ride in a police van. Jeff Pegues reports from Baltimore on the prosecution's defiant statement.cbsnews.com
Highest ranking Freddie Gray cop found not guilty
Lt. Brian Rice, the highest ranking of the six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, was found not guilty Monday. It's the fourth trial to end without a conviction after the death of the Baltimore man in police custody. Kris Van Cleave has more.cbsnews.com
Trial begins for driver in Freddie Gray case
Deputy state's attorney Michael Schatzow blamed officer Caesar Goodson for not ensuring that the 25-year-old was wearing a seat belt. Two officers so far have faced far less charges than officer Goodson, who prosecutors say gave Gray a "rough ride." Jeff Pegues has more.cbsnews.com
Judge slams prosecution in third Freddie Gray trial
The bench trial for Baltimore police officer Caesar Goodson, who faces murder charges in the death of Freddie Gray, began Thursday with the judge criticizing the prosecution for withholding information from the defense. CBS News justice reporter Paula Reid joins CBSN with the latest details.cbsnews.com
Reaction in Baltimore after officer acquitted in Freddie Gray case
A Baltimore cop was acquitted of all charges on Monday in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray. After a five-day bench trial, the judge said there was "no credible facts" to show that Officer Edward Nero was involved in Gray's arrest. CBS News correspondent Chip Reid joins CBSN with more from Baltimore.cbsnews.com
Abandoned buildings in Baltimore torn down in effort to improve landscape
Tuesday will mark one year since the death of Freddie Gray after he suffered injuries in a Baltimore police van. Gray's death put Baltimore's police department and the city itself in the public eye. That includes its 16,000 abandoned buildings. Now, a program is working to change the city's landscape. Jeff Pegues has more.cbsnews.com
Freddie Gray jury struggling
A Baltimore jury hearing the first trial against an officer in the police custody death of Freddie Gray was ordered to continue deliberating after they told the judge they were deadlocked. CBS News Justice correspondent Paula Reid discusses the trial with CBSN's Contessa Brewer.cbsnews.com
Baltimore PD preparing for Freddie Gray trial
Jury selection has begun for the first of six Baltimore police officers facing charges in the death of Freddie Gray. Baltimore's new police commissioner says he's preparing his department for the trial and hopes to avoid the unrest that gripped the city in the aftermath of Gray's death last April. Jeff Pegues has more.cbsnews.com
6 months after riots, Baltimore mom says "we're struggling"
Monday marks six months since Freddie Gray died after being placed under arrest by Baltimore police. In the following days, riots erupted around the city. Among the most iconic moments during the unrest was when mother Toya Graham tore her son off the streets. Jeff Pegues followed up with Graham, who says her family is struggling but trying to stay optimistic.cbsnews.com
A portrait of Freddie Gray's neighborhood -- Sandtown, Baltimore
The neighborhood where Freddie Gray lived, Sandtown, has a history of unemployment and violence. One community member told us half of the area's African-American men are unemployed. As Chip Reid reports, the lack of jobs often leads to a life of crime and drugs.cbsnews.com
5/2: Peaceful protests in Baltimore; Nepal quake survivor starts online campaign to help family rebuild
Following the arrest of six police officers in connection with the death of Freddie Gray, the tone of the rallies have gone from violent to almost celebratory. Mark Albert reports from Baltimore; When Californian Spencer Dickinson came to Nepal he was greeted with generosity and hospitality. Inspired by the kindness he experienced, he started a GoFundMe page to help the families rebuild their lives. Seth Doane reports.cbsnews.com
5/1: Baltimore prosecutor rules Freddie Gray's death a homicide; Grammar cop completes Wikipedia mission
The Baltimore prosecutor said the arrest of Freddie Gray was illegal and ruled that what happened to him in custody was homicide; Thanks to Bryan Henderson's efforts, there's one misused phrase you won't find on Wikipedia.cbsnews.com
Baltimore prosecutor rules Freddie Gray's death a homicide
The Baltimore prosecutor said the arrest of Freddie Gray was illegal and ruled that what happened to him in custody was homicide. Six officers are under arrest on criminal charges.The most serious charge was filed against Caesar Goodson, the driver of the police van in which Gray allegedly suffered his fatal injuries. Jeff Pegues reports.cbsnews.com
Fellow arrestee speaks on police ride with Freddie Gray
The second prisoner in the van with Freddie Gray said Thursday that he heard Gray thrashing about in the van. Baltimore police have denied that Gray was given what's known as a "wild ride. " But questions about what happened still haven't been answered. Chip Reid looks at the timeline of events from the first stop to the last.cbsnews.com
What’s next in Freddie Gray investigation?
The death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who was died after sustaining a severe spinal injury while in police custody, has prompted heavy protesting in Baltimore. CBS News legal analyst Rikki Klieman joins CBSN to discuss what’s next in the investigation.cbsnews.com
Baltimore Mayor: Pain in city about larger issues than just Freddie Gray
Baltimore streets were quiet overnight as a citywide curfew remained in effect. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake joins "CBS This Morning" to respond to criticism about the delay in deploying the National Guard and calling protesters "thugs."cbsnews.com
Uneasy calm sticks in Baltimore after Monday's chaos
There's new insight into the arrest of Freddie Gray, as police get a handle on Baltimore protesters. Police plan to release details Friday about the circumstances of the 25-year-old's arrest. A Washington Post story quotes a prisoner inside the same police transport with Gray who says Gray was "banging against the walls" when he was inside. Jeff Pegues reports.cbsnews.com