The Baltimore police officer who shot Curtis Jamal Deal “had it out for him,” family says

  • Baltimore officials identified the 18-year-old city resident who was shot and killed by police on Tuesday as Curtis Jamal Deal, the Baltimore Sun reported.
  • Local community activist Kwame Rose, who was active in 2015 protests surrounding Freddie Gray’s death, tweeted that he’d spoken to Deal’s family and friends about the teen’s prior encounters with the yet-to-be identified officer who killed him.
  • The officer may have “had it out” for Deal, Rose tweeted. Read more (2/19/17 1:06 PM)

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Baltimore teens charged with hate crime for burning Trump sign

  • Was it a hate crime when two Baltimore teens lit a large Trump sign on fire? Police in Somerset County, Maryland, think so.
  • D'Asia R. Perry, of Baltimore, and Joy M. Shuford, of suburban Owings Mills, both 19 years old, have been charged with arson, hate crimes and other offenses for setting fire to a Trump campaign sign outside a sporting goods shop in Princess Anne, on Maryland’s eastern shore.
  • “The intentional burning of these political signs, along with the beliefs, religious views and race of this political affiliation, directly coincides with the victim,” a Princess Anne police officer wrote.
  • The alleged arson was committed “with discrimination or malice toward a particular group, or someone’s belief,” according to Caryn L. McMahon, the town’s deputy chief fire marshal. Read more (4/20/17)

Freddie Gray died 2 years ago today — and Baltimore is still seeking police reform

  • It’s been two years since Freddie Gray died from injuries he sustained while in custody of the Baltimore Police Department. 
  • But in the Charm City, “still ain’t shit change,” Black Lives Matter movement activists tweeted Wednesday.
  • Even if little appears to have changed on the police force or in the ways officers treat city residents, there has been some movement. 
  • In April 2015, the state’s attorney’s office charged six officers in connection to the neck and back injuries Gray sustained, which led to his death, during a rough ride in a police van on April 12, 2015, after days of protests and civil unrest in the majority-black city.
  • Although those officers were acquitted in trials or had charges dropped against them, the U.S. Department of Justice investigated police abuse and sued the city into a police reform agreement known as a consent decree. And now, it’s up to city leaders to follow through on those reforms, civil rights leaders said.
  • “To this day, no officers have been held responsible in a court of law for the conduct that led to Mr. Gray’s death, and it’s likely none ever will,” Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, said in a statement released Wednesday.
  •  "The only justice we can hope for now is the meaningful policing reform that the residents of Baltimore so deeply deserve.“ Read more (4/19/17)

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