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Officer Who Drove Van Carrying Freddie Gray Acquitted of All Charges

Caesar Goodson was among six Baltimore officers charged with murder after Gray’s mysterious death while in police custody.

Posted on Jun 23, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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Judge Rules Edward Nero Not Guilty in Freddie Gray Case, but Social Media Disagrees

Twitter users from diverse backgrounds condemned the American justice system with the trending hashtag #NeroTrial.

Posted on May 24, 2016 READ MORE



Baltimore’s Election Results Are Decertified as State Investigation Is Launched

Analysis reveals discrepancies between the number of voters who appeared at polling stations and the number of ballots cast.

Posted on May 13, 2016 READ MORE



Artists, Political Figures Respond to the Death of Legendary Pop Artist Prince

The musician, 57, was found dead at his home following earlier reports of severe flu-like symptoms.

Posted on Apr 21, 2016 READ MORE


AUDIO: Robert Scheer Talks With Professor and Former Drug Dealer D. Watkins About Life in Baltimore

In this week’s “Scheer Intelligence”—the Truthdig editor-in-chief’s podcast on KCRW—author, professor and activist D. Watkins discusses his book about life in Baltimore and why he has chosen to stay in the struggling city.

Posted on Mar 4, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Truthdigger of the Week: Baltimore Mayoral Candidate DeRay Mckesson

The Black Lives Matter activist (at right in photo)—whose political campaign is off to an attention-grabbing start—seeks to tackle the issues of police brutality and criminal justice through education and employment.

Posted on Feb 14, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: So You Aren’t Racist. Good, but It’s Not Enough.

Nonracism is a “moral stance, an entire code for living your life and dealing with all the injustice in the world by not doing a damn thing,” says author Marlon James.

Posted on Jan 13, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



The Dividing Lines of Race, Ethnicity and Religion

What do you think the response would be if a bunch of black people, filled with rage and armed to the teeth, took over a federal government installation and defied officials to kick them out? I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t be wait-and-see.

Posted on Jan 4, 2016 READ MORE



Why Black Lives Matter Is the Movement of the Year

The movement’s innovative and committed activism has renewed the struggle for racial justice. In 2015, no other progressive cause in the United States came close to its perseverance and creativity.

Posted on Dec 30, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Ta-Nehisi Coates on Police Brutality: The Cameras Are New—Not the Violence

On the occasion of the publication of his new book, “Between the World and Me,” the intellectual figure of the Black Lives Matter movement delivered a stirring talk on the unique violence, fear and difficulty in living that black Americans suffer.

Posted on Nov 27, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Data-Grabbing ‘Stingrays’ Are Attacking Our Civil Liberties

The secrecy surrounding police use of these “anti-terrorism” devices in ordinary criminal investigations is a big and growing problem, ACLU experts say, one that puts some defendants at an unfair and illegal disadvantage.

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Democratic Presidential Candidate Martin O’Malley: Climate Change Helped Create Islamic State

The former governor of Maryland urges supporters to protest his party’s debate schedule, calls on the U.S. to welcome 65,000 Syrian refugees, attributes the rise of Islamic State in part to climate change and responds to criticism by David Simon, creator of the television series “The Wire,” of his policing policies during his tenure as mayor of Baltimore.

Posted on Sep 10, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Baltimore Announces $6.4 Million Settlement With Freddie Gray’s Family

The payment is larger than the total of more than 120 other lawsuits brought against the police department for alleged brutality and misconduct since 2011, according to The Baltimore Sun.

Posted on Sep 8, 2015 READ MORE



2,000 Cases in Baltimore Could Be Overturned Because of Unlawful Police and Prosecutor Collusion

More than 2,000 criminal cases in Baltimore could be thrown out as a result of a retrial motion accusing the state’s attorney’s office and police of “deliberate and willful misrepresentation” of their methods of evidence collection—and attorneys say there may be many more such cases.

Posted on Sep 5, 2015 READ MORE



Freddie Gray Case: Judge Denies Motion to Dismiss Charges Against Six Police Officers (Updated)

UPDATE: In two other motions, defense attorneys lost their bid to have Baltimore’s State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby recused from the case but won the right to have their clients tried separately.

Posted on Sep 2, 2015 READ MORE



One Year On, What We’ve Learned From #BlackLivesMatter

The police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., a year ago launched the Black Lives Matter movement. But officer-involved shootings seem only to have accelerated.

Posted on Aug 9, 2015 READ MORE



What Would Justice for Sandra Bland Actually Look Like?

A year after Black Lives Matter became a rallying cry, the deaths of Sandra Bland and others continue to haunt the public consciousness. But outrage is no substitute for justice.

Posted on Aug 5, 2015 READ MORE



Anna Deavere Smith Gives a Crash Course in the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Her solo show examines how favoring incarceration over education puts marginalized minors at risk. 

Posted on Jul 21, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Robert Scheer on American Power and Arrogance: ‘It’s a Toxic Cocktail’ (Part 10 of 10)

In the final installment of The Real News Network’s series of interviews on “Reality Asserts Itself,” Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer explains how an infatuation with American culture and an ignorance of American history have led to unbelievable levels of brutality and destruction.

Posted on Jul 14, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


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Posted on May 23, 2015 ENLARGE



VIDEO: All Six Officers Indicted in Freddie Gray Case

A grand jury in Baltimore has indicted all six police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, setting the basis for a criminal trial.

Posted on May 22, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on May 21, 2015 ENLARGE



Protests Begin Amid News of No Charges for Wisconsin Police Officer Who Killed Tony Robinson

The family of the biracial 19-year-old appeals for calm after it was announced that Matt Kenny, the officer involved in the March fatal shooting, will not face charges.

Posted on May 12, 2015 READ MORE


Baltimore Terror









Posted on May 9, 2015 ENLARGE


Town Hall: Black Baltimoreans Discuss How the Media and State Treat Them

While Fox and CNN were telling you what to think about black Americans in Baltimore and their response to the death of Freddie Gray in police custody, The Real News Network convened a discussion in which community members were free to speak for themselves.

Posted on May 8, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



The American Dream: Living to 18

“You want to get older. You want to experience life. You don’t want to die in a matter of seconds because of cops.” It’s that sentiment that has fueled the Black Lives Matter movement across the country.

Posted on May 6, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Extended Jail Hold of Baltimore Protesters a ‘Political Decision,’ Attorney Says

Civil rights attorney A. Dwight Pettit and law professor Byron L. Warnken discuss a judge’s ruling upholding the decision to hold protesters without bail for up to 48 hours.

Posted on May 6, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



A Five-Step Guide to Police Repression, From Ferguson to Baltimore and Beyond

Equate dissidents with domestic terrorists; arm police with “less-lethal” weapons; replace humans with robots. Here is a step-by-step guide, based on the latest developments in the security sector, on how to police a protest movement in the new age of domestic counterinsurgency.

Posted on May 6, 2015 READ MORE


Conversation on Race









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Posted on May 6, 2015 ENLARGE



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Fixing America’s Broken Approach to Young Black Men

The first two steps toward uplifting young black men are simple: Stop killing them and stop locking them in prison for nonviolent offenses. Subsequent steps are harder.

Posted on May 6, 2015 READ MORE


Broken Justice









Posted on May 4, 2015 ENLARGE


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Kings and Pawns









Posted on May 4, 2015 ENLARGE



Make the Rich Panic

As we saw in Baltimore, the corporate elites who hold absolute power react only when they become afraid. And they become afraid only when we take to the streets.

Posted on May 3, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Voices From the Epicenter of Protest in Baltimore

The Real News Network captured confrontations between Baltimore police and protesters defying Friday night’s 10 p.m. curfew, which attorney A. Dwight Pettit and law professor Doug Colbert consider a dress rehearsal for martial law. Also, Baltimore residents react to the charges brought against six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray.

Posted on May 3, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



To Rebuild Baltimore, First Clear the Blight

There has been much talk about the maladies that afflict Baltimore. One of the most visible should also be one of the most straightforward to address: its enormous stock of derelict, abandoned housing.

Posted on May 2, 2015 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Baltimore, Same-Sex Marriage and Bernie Sanders

It’s been a busy news week, to say the least. Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer happened to be in Baltimore and relays what he saw, on the latest episode of “Left, Right & Center.” Also: Bernie Sanders’ 2016 bid and same-sex marriage’s upcoming day in court.

Posted on May 1, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: Former FBI Agent Weighs In on Freddie Gray Case

Find out what is meant by zero-tolerance policing.

Posted on May 1, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



VIDEO: Baltimore’s Top Prosecutor Charges Six Officers in the Killing of Freddie Gray

Marilyn Mosby, the state’s attorney for Baltimore, announced Friday morning that she would pursue criminal charges against six police officers involved in the April death of Freddie Gray, an event that sparked demonstrations and rioting across the city.

Posted on May 1, 2015 READ MORE


Baltimore Firefighter: Media Divert Attention From Freddie Gray Killing to Property Destruction

Baltimore firefighter Gary Nelson gives an unsanctioned account of Monday’s confrontation between youths and police; activists discuss what the local community should do next; and Police Commissioner Anthony Batts is reported to have told city officials that no new evidence of the use of force in the injuries and death of Freddie Gray has emerged.

Posted on Apr 30, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


Molotov Cocktail









Posted on Apr 30, 2015 ENLARGE


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Posted on Apr 30, 2015 ENLARGE



Arash Azizzada (CC BY-NC 2.0)

You’ll Never Guess Who the Outside Agitators in Baltimore Really Are

Over 70 percent of Baltimore Police Department officers live outside city limits, with at least 10 percent living over state lines. By contrast, almost all of those arrested in ongoing protests sparked by the police killing of the unarmed Freddie Gray reside firmly within the city.

Posted on Apr 30, 2015 READ MORE


Violence and Unrest in Baltimore Are No Accident

The systemic causes and deliberate policies that led to the killing of Freddie Gray and the protests that followed—and policy solutions that would address these problems—are discussed by former Baltimore City Council President Lawrence Bell, attorney A. Dwight Petit and Paul Jay, senior editor of “The Real News Network.”

Posted on Apr 29, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


Red-Handed









Posted on Apr 29, 2015 ENLARGE


Jon Stewart Highlights Media Hypocrisy in Coverage of White Riots Vs. Baltimore Protests

With a video montage of Americans rioting over incredibly important things such as sports and pumpkins, “The Daily Show” host exposes the double standard on reporting when it comes to the Freddie Gray protests in Baltimore.

Posted on Apr 29, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


No Fingerprints









Posted on Apr 28, 2015 ENLARGE    



The New York Times’ Skewed Reporting on Baltimore

A recent article on the situation in Baltimore went 11 paragraphs before quoting anyone other than a police officer or government official.

Posted on Apr 28, 2015 READ MORE



President Obama on Baltimore Uprising: ‘No Excuse for ... Violence’

President Obama addressed the ongoing unrest in Baltimore on Tuesday, admonishing demonstrators for changing the tone of the protests Monday, as he saw it, and characterizing the shift as one toward “senseless violence.”

Posted on Apr 28, 2015 READ MORE


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