Baltimore jury rejects cops’ story
A Baltimore jury heard the cry for justice from family and community in the case of 24-year-old Aaron Winston.

A Black dock worker, Winston was brutalized by police on Feb. 21 at Power Plant Live, a collection of bars, restaurants and other businesses in gentrified downtown Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

After severely injuring him, the cops charged Winston with multiple counts of assault, resisting, obstruction, disorderly conduct and failure to obey an order. On Aug. 17, the jury found him not guilty of all charges.

Winston’s family, with support from the People’s Power Assembly and Baltimore Southern Christian Leadership Council, has held many press conferences, pickets and leaflet distributions to build public support for the young worker, whose arm had been pulled out of its socket and broken in two places.

The jury decision came just a week after a scathing validation by the Department of Justice of the Black community’s decades-long complaints of racism and brutal repression at the hands of Baltimore cops.

A civil suit for damages, including payment of $90,000 in medical bills, is planned.


Yesterday morning I walked up and down Johns Hopkins University in search for one very specific room.

In this room was a kitchen and in that kitchen was a group of students coming together for Project Downtown: Baltimore. Project Downtown was an effort to both feed the homeless and provide them with some dental toiletries such as mouth wash, floss, etc

The group responsible for organizing this is the United Muslim Relief, a humanitarian nonprofit that was founded after the 2010 Haiti earthquakes. Their mission is to provide comprehensive relief and development aid to impoverished communities

Though based out of Alexandria they rely heavily on their college chapters throughout the US. This was their Johns Hopkins chapter

In Feb of 2015, after the Chapel Hill shootings their numbers grew. The victims of that shooting were UMR chapter leaders who were focused on helping others less fortunate. Their names are Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23; his wife, Yusor Mohammed, 21; and her sister Razan Mohammed Abu-Salha, 19.

Our Three Winners is an effort to continue their legacy and their work by giving back and helping those that require help.

I put on some gloves and found my way into the assembly line where I helped make and package sandwiches, oranges, and snacks while trying not to disrupt the flow of things. Later, as we made our way downtown, we proceeded to hand out and distribute the packaged lunches and dental bags to those who had gathered around the church and the surrounding areas.

In that time frame we spoke to the men and women of the community and managed to learn a great deal about who they are. Something I will take away from this was the large smile a group of three had upon taking their photograph together. As a photographer there are few things I love more than to see jubilance in others when they see a photograph of themselves that they love. I will print that image out and as I make my way back down on the 20th for another feed and clothe the homeless event I will look for those 3 so I can hand them that image they seemed to love so much.  

I want to thank Mohammed and the United Muslim Relief for including me in their efforts and I’m looking forward to the next time we do something like this.

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Excavation downtown - Construction for Equitable Building
10 North Calvert Street, Baltimore, Maryland
ca. 1890
Photograph by James H. Lewis (1881-1960)
4 inch by 5 inch glass negative
James H. Lewis Collection, 1890-1925
Maryland Historical Society
PP224 001 4-5 029 

The Baltimore Herald building can be seen in the background (left), where Mencken worked until the Great Fire of 1904. On the right is the Mitchell Courthouse.