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Shooting outside Commons after police officer stabbed and car ploughs into crowd on Westminster Bridge

A police officer has been stabbed and a suspected assailant shot outside the Houses of Parliament, shortly after a car rammed into members of the public on Westminster Bridge.

One woman has died and a number of others, including the police officer, have been hurt, according to a junior doctor at St Thomas’ Hospital. Some were described as having “catastrophic” injuries.

At least three gun shots were heard by those inside Westminster, and proceedings in the House of Commons have been suspended as police deal with what they tentatively described as a “terrorist incident”.

The deputy speaker of the Commons, David Lidington, announced the suspension in the House, saying a police officer had been stabbed and the “alleged assailant shot by armed police”.

Early reports indicate the car, which mounted the pavement on Westminster Bridge and mowed into around a dozen people, was the same vehicle which then rammed into the gates of Westminster just around the corner.

Security sources described the suspected assailant as a middle-aged Asian man, who is understood to have left the car before attacking a police officer with a seven-to-eight inch knife.

The police officer was seen wounded but moving, after falling to the ground clutching his arm or shoulder. At least one man was seen running towards the exit of New Palace Yard, underneath Big Ben.

Police were seen shouting at him, presumably to stop. Shots were then heard. It is unclear at this stage whether one or more men were involved.

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What happened in London??

What appears to be a terrorist attack. Someone drove a car into pedestrians along the length of Westminster Bridge before crashing into the Parliament building. One person is apparently dead, and according to eyewitnesses, dozens of people have suffered “catastrophic” injuries. A policeman has been stabbed, and someone opened fire outside the Houses of Parliament.

5 dead & more than 40 injured in today's attack in London

A lone terrorist launched a marauding attack on innocent tourists in London today. The newsfeeds say that ISIS is already celebrating the loss of life and the catastrophic injuries to those who are still fighting for their lives.

Many will immediately seize upon this as a vindication for their xenophobia and Islamophobia. It’s justification for neither, but that reaction is precisely what the terrorists want.

Don’t fall for it. It was an act of an individual, not a religion or a race.

Parliament shooting: MP 'came under fire' as witnesses tell of panic during shooting in Westminster

A MP has told how he came under fire on his way to vote in Parliament as a man was shot and a police officer was stabbed in Westminster.

Witnesses told of scenes of panic as Parliament was placed on lockdown after gunfire rang out in Westminster.

Onlookers described seeing tourists flee in terror amid shouts and screams as a car mowed down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge.

Four people were killed including the suspect and an armed police officer who was protecting Parliament. One woman died after she was hit on the bridge, according to a junior doctor at nearby St Thomas’ Hospital. Others suffered “catastrophic injuries”.

Commons Leader David Lidington told MPs a “police officer has been stabbed” and the “alleged assailant was shot by armed police” following a “serious” incident within the parliamentary estate.

Monmouth MP David Davies said he “came under fire” on his way to vote following PMQs.

In a series of tweets, he said: “Came under fire on way to vote. Hope everyone OK. Many still in building.

“Shots fired while we were voting, don’t know what’s happening,

“Shots at as while voting, no idea what is happening.”

The sitting of the House of Commons was suspended and MPs were told to stay in their chambers.

A number of people reported seeing a man with a knife in a confrontation with police before shots were heard.

Scotland Yard confirmed it was dealing with a “firearms incident” and said officers were called at 2.40pm.

Dennis Burns, who was just entering Parliament for a meeting when the security alert happened, said: “As I was coming through the doors at Portcullis House, a policeman grabbed someone who was coming in and threw him out.

"As we were coming though the glass doors I was told by one security guard to get out while another one told me to get in.

"As I walked in I heard a security guard get a radio message saying ‘a policeman has been stabbed’.

"Then I walked in as police officers and security start rushing out of the front doors on to the street.

"When I got inside I was wondering what the hell was going on and I saw dozens of panicked people running down the street. The first stream was around 30 people and the second stream was 70 people.

"It looked like they were running for their lives.”

Witness Don Brind said he heard shots being fired and saw two people apparently injured on the ground.

Mr Brind, a researcher for MPs, said: “I heard some shouting and saw some running out of the corner of my eye and then a short time after that there was a shot. I looked and I saw a civilian on the ground, with somebody standing over him with what I assumed to be a gun.

"Then I looked and about 10 yards away, there was a yellow jacketed person on the ground, who appeared to be alive and talking.”

He said he assumed the person in the high-visibility jacket was a police officer.

Christopher Hope, a journalist at the Daily Telegraph, told BBC Radio 5 live: “There was a loud bang on Westminster Bridge opposite the pub there, the Westminster Tavern I think it’s called, next to Boots.

“Then there was screaming and shouting and I saw about 100 people running from the bridge across down towards Westminster Abbey.

“And then as they were running, it was clear something was going on because people were looking where the bang was and it sounded maybe like an explosion or maybe a car hit some railings.

“Or maybe someone was hit by a car but it was a big bang and then there was shooting. Several shots were fired and there were two individuals lying outside Westminster Hall on the road being treated by medics and an ambulance had just pulled up.”

Steve Boulton and his wife Karen, from Caversham in Reading, had travelled to Parliament to watch Prime Minister’s Questions as a treat for his 50th birthday.

The couple were having lunch in a nearby restaurant when they heard “some muffled bangs in the distance”.

Mrs Boulton said: “We came out of the restaurant and hit this horde of people coming the other way.

“We got a little way along Westminster Bridge when someone said you have to go back and it was a terrorist incident.

“We saw two bodies in the road. It was really frightening.”

David Lammy, Labour MP for Tottenham, said: “Locked in the Commons Chamber but my heart goes out to the police officers, those hit by the car on the bridge and their families. Stay safe.”

Flick Drummond MP reported hearing “an explosion and shots”.

The MP for Portsmouth South tweeted: “House of Commons suspended as there is an explosion and shots. Hope everyone is OK outside.”

Witness Nick Orton, 73, from Leeds, told the Standard: "There were three or four shots and then within a minute police were swarming the area.

"It’s clearly a major incident. It’s reassuring that 200 officers were here in a matter of minutes.”

George Eaton, of the New Statesmen, who was watching the incident unfold from his window, said: “I saw a large crowd fleeing the attacker who seemed to be carrying a knife.

“He entered the gates of Parliament, he was then very swiftly shot by armed police.”

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “Police are asking people to avoid the following areas: Parliament Square; Whitehall; Westminster Bridge; Lambeth Bridge; Victoria Street up to the junction with Broadway and the Victoria Embankment up to Embankment tube.

"This is to allow the emergency services to deal with the ongoing incident.

"Police were called at approximately 14:40 hours to reports of an incident in Westminster Bridge, SW1. It is being treated as a firearms incident.

"Officers - including firearms officers - remain on the scene and we are treating this as a terrorist incident until we know otherwise.

"We thank the public for their assistance.”

I work at St. Thomas’ Hospital, spitting distance from Westminster Bridge and all that’s happened there, and there’s something to be said about not having time to think. Running around, filling up A&E Resus and Majors with IV fluids - doing all that I can, which isn’t much in my line of work - I didn’t really think much of it. I get home after dodging horrendous traffic, watch it on TV and it’s really hit home.

Three kids on a school trip were hit by the car. A police officer was stabbed to death and three others have died. People were sent into the Thames, twenty people have suffered “catastrophic” injuries.

The actual fuck.

One dead, "catastrophic" injuries after UK parliament attack -PA

LONDON, March 22 (Reuters) - One woman has died and other people are being treated for “catastrophic” injuries after an attack near parliament on Wednesday, British news agency Press Association reported, citing a junior doctor at a central London hospital.

Reuters reporters inside parliament heard loud bangs and shortly afterwards a Reuters photographer said he saw at least a dozen people injured on Westminster Bridge, next to parliament, in what police said they are treating as a terrorist incident.

(Reporting by Kate Holton, writing by David Milliken; editing by Stephen Addison)

One of the best things about bnha is the accurate representation of the human bodies physical limitations. You don’t see the superheroes shaking off broken arms at the end of every fight or magically bouncing back from a catastrophic injury with no consequences whatsoever.
Instead, we see Midoriya having a very real consequence of the loss of movement in his arms because of the constant strain he has been putting on his ligaments, Iida having lost some mobility in his left arm/hand after it being practically shredded, and All Might’s decrease of time where he can be in his superhero form because of the injury to his side, ultimately becoming unable to be in that form anymore are some examples.
These physical limitations make it feel like the characters of bnha are actually human instead of having us question how the hell their bodies can handle attacks of that severity and still be fine afterwards, and I admire the author for adding this detail that is looked over in a lot of superhero stories.

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Garry Newlove, a married father of 3, lived in Fernhead, a close-knit community in Warrington, UK.  The area had increasing problems with drunken teens roaming the streets, an issue that came to a head for Garry Newlove on the evening of August 10th, 2007.  After confronting a gang of youths for vandalising his wife’s car, Garry was viciously attacked in front of his home. His 3 daughters witnessed the brutal assault, and tried in vain to ward off their father’s attackers.

After suffering numerous catastrophic head injuries within the space of 2 minutes,  Garry fell into a coma, and his wife Helen made the decision to turn off his life support machine a couple of days later.  Thanks to a number of eyewitness accounts, Adam Swellings, Steven Sorton, and Jordan Cunliffe (aged just 19, 17 and 16 respectively), were soon identified by police. The day of the attack, Swellings had been released on bail for assaulting another man just weeks previously.  Sorton had been identified by police as he was missing one trainer; the other had come off while kicking Garry Newlove in the head. A further 2 assailants were also put before the court, but are unable to be named for legal reasons.

During the trial, the defendants reportedly laughed and joked throughout the Newlove family’s witness testimonies, even dropping off to sleep at points in the proceedings.  However, they soon stopped laughing when all 3 named suspects were found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison.

London attack: Second person confirmed dead in Westminster terror incident

A second person has died following a suspected terror attack outside Parliament.

This follows the death of a woman and a number of others, including a police officer, who have been injured, according to a junior doctor at St Thomas’ Hospital. Some victims have been described as having “catastrophic” injuries.

Proceedings at Parliament were suspended after a police officer was stabbed and an alleged assailant shot by armed police outside the Houses of Parliament, shortly after a vehicle is reported to have mowed into members of the public on Westminster Bridge.

Police are treating the Westminster shooting which took place on Wednesday afternoon as a terrorist incident until further notice but details of the attack remain unclear.

Staff inside parliament found themselves on lockdown and unable to leave the building after at least three gun shots were heard by those inside the Houses of Parliament.

Early reports suggest the vehicle, which mounted the pavement on Westminster Bridge and ploughed into approximately a dozen people, was the same vehicle which then rammed into the gates of Westminster just around the corner.

Theresa May was in parliament at the time of the incident but was quickly confirmed safe.

Proceedings at the House of Commons have been suspended and the Speaker said Parliament will stop activity until further notice.

Commons leader David Lidington, announced the commons would be suspended in the house, as ambulances and other emergency vehicles dominated scenes.

Parliament attack: 'A guy came past with a big knife and just started plunging it into the policeman'

The bodies that lay scattered on Westminster Bridge told the horrible, brutal truth. Victims lay in pools of blood on the pavement or else in the road. One person had jumped out of the way - or else been hit so violently hard by a speeding car- and ended up at the bottom of the stone steps that lead from the Embankment up to the bridge.

The body appeared lifeless and spread-eagled, a pool of blood gathering on the rain-soaked pavement. It didn’t look like anything could help him.

The photographs and video footage, much of it too distressing to publish, revealed the devastating aftermath of what had long been feared but sadly predicted - a seeming terrorist attack on the political centre of the United Kingdom. At just after 2.40pm on Wednesday afternoon, the Palace of Westminster came under attack.

Pedestrians were left with ‘catastrophic injuries’ Credit: Radosław Sikorski 

Eyewitness accounts described how a grey car sped along Westminster Bridge, heading northbound towards Parliament Square. 

Richard Tice told Sky News how he had seen between eight and 10 bodies lying prostrate on the ground on Westminster Bridge. “The car drove along the pavement knocking people over,” said Mr Tice.

The car, a Hyundai i40 SUV, mowed down anyone in its way.

Radek Sikorski, Poland’s former foreign minister and now a senior fellow with the Harvard Centre for European Studies, had been in a taxi being driven on the bridge. 

Mr Sikorski posted a video to Twitter showing people lying injured in the road. He estimated at least five people were lying on the ground after being “mown down” by a car.

“I heard what I thought was just a collision and then I looked through the window of the taxi and someone down, obviously in great distress,” he told the BBC.

“Then I saw a second person down, and I started filming, then I saw three more people down, one of them bleeding profusely.”

The car then drove on to the pavement under the shadow of Big Ben and crashed into the iron railings that surround parliament. The driver, described as an Asian-looking man in his 40s, jumped out of the vehicle and begun running down the road and around the corner to the gates of parliament that allow entry and exit for the cars for dignitaries.

The man was wielding what has been described variously as either a large knife or else a machete. He then stabbed a police officer before being shot himself. Witness heard three to six shots ring out. The attacker had managed to reach inside parliament’s compound, maybe 50 feet from the entrance gate before finally being stopped. 

The Hyundai crashed into railings

Rick Longley told the Press Association how he saw the man stab the policeman.

Fighting back tears, he said: “We were just walking up to the station and there was a loud bang and a guy, someone, crashed a car and took some pedestrians out.

“They were just laying there and then the whole crowd just surged around the corner by the gates just opposite Big Ben.

“A guy came past my right shoulder with a big knife and just started plunging it into the policeman.

“I have never seen anything like that. I just can’t believe what I just saw.”

A member of the public is treated by emergency services near Westminster Bridge Credit:  Carl Court/ Getty Images Europe

Katie Marthini, who was on holiday and visiting Westminster, said: “We heard four shots. It was in the enclosure next to Big Ben. I was next to it. I didn’t see what happened next, it’s terrifying we ran. Everyone was running.”

Quentin Letts, the Daily Mail’s parliamentary sketch writer, said he saw a man dressed in black attack a police officer outside Parliament before being shot two or three times as he tried to storm the House of Commons.

“I saw a thick-set man in black clothes come through the gates into New Palace Yard, just below Big Ben,” he told the BBC.

“He had something in his hand, it looked like a stick of some sort, and he was challenged by a couple of policemen in yellow jackets.

“And one of the yellow-jacketed policemen fell down and we could see the man in black moving his arm in a way that suggested he was stabbing or striking the yellow-jacketed policeman.”

The other officer ran to get help and the man in black ran about 15 yards towards the entrance, he said.

Police trying to keep control Credit:  Jamie Lorriman

He added: “As this attacker was running towards the entrance two plain-clothed guys with guns shouted at him what sounded like a warning, he ignored it and they shot two or three times and he fell.”

Kevin Schofield, the editor of PoliticsHome.com, heard “a very loud bang” from the press gallery inside the Houses of Parliament followed by lots of shouting and men running around.

Police officer being treated for stab wounds at the scene (right) Credit:  Stefan Rousseau/PA

He initially thought it was a car crash but then he looked outside the window to a heavily-guarded area outside which is out of bounds to the public.

He told Sky News: “Someone rushed through, attacked a policeman, a policeman went down, another policeman came and he was rescued.

“The man who had assaulted him got up and he appeared to be carrying either a knife or a gun. Then we heard gunfire, lots of gunfire, maybe five or six rounds.

“All I remember seeing is the man approaching the police officer probably with a knife and then there was gunfire.

“He was walking towards a second policeman with his arm outstretched, with what looked like a knife in his hand, having already assaulted another policeman.

“It was at that moment that you realised that something serious was happening - a man had broken in to Parliament and had a weapon.”

Parliament was suspended and Theresa May bundled into a silver Jaguar and bundled from the premises. 

An air ambulance helicopter landed in Parliament Square and paramedics rushed to treat the injured. Others were driven off in ambulances. 

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London attack: Sadiq Khan praises emergency services as PM set to hold Cobra meeting

Sadiq Khan has praised the response of the emergency services as Theresa May was set to hold a Cobra emergency meeting after a terror attack in London.

The Mayor commended the “tremendous bravery” of police and paramedics as they continued to deal with the aftermath of the attack on Wednesday afternoon.

Medical crews were seen treating patients on Westminster Bridge after a 4x4 vehicle mowed down pedestrians and a police officer was stabbed near Parliament.

At least four shots were reportedly heard after the vehicle ploughed into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge. The police officer was then stabbed.

Four people have been killed including an armed police officer and the attacker. One woman died as tourists fled in terror on the bridge, according to a junior doctor at nearby St Thomas’ Hospital. Others suffered “catastrophic injuries.”

Scotland Yard confirmed the incident is being treated as a terror attack and at least 20 people have been injured.

Issuing a statement shortly before 4.30pm, the Mayor said: “There has been a serious incident near to Parliament Square this afternoon which is being treated as a terrorist attack until the police know otherwise.

"I have spoken to the Acting Commissioner. The Metropolitan Police Service is dealing with the incident and an urgent investigation is under way.

“My thoughts are with those affected and their families.

"I would like to express my thanks to the police and emergency services who work so hard to keep us safe and show tremendous bravery in exceptionally difficult circumstances.”

He urged Londoners to visit the Met Police website for further information.

Prime Minister Theresa May was set to chair a meeting of the Government’s emergency Cobra committee to discuss the immediate response to the attack.

The Cobra committee brings together government ministers with senior officials of the emergency services and security and intelligence agencies.

Mrs May, who had been in PMQs, was in the division lobby when she was alerted to the attack and bundled into a car.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn also responded to the attack and said in a statement: “Reports suggest the ongoing incident in Westminster this afternoon is extremely serious.

"Our thoughts are with the victims of this horrific attack, [their] families and friends.

"The police and security staff have taken swift action to ensure the safety of the public, MPs and staff, and we are grateful to them.”

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted: “My thoughts are with everyone in and around Westminster caught up in this dreadful incident - and with the brave emergency services.”

MPs in Hollyrood delayed a vote on a possible second independent referendum following the attack.

The sitting of the House of Commons was suspended and MPs were told to stay in their chambers as the attack unfolded.

Monmouth MP David Davies said he “came under fire” on his way to vote following PMQs.

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BREAKING: Six Officers Charged In Freddie Gray's Death Will Be Tried Individually
A Baltimore court also ruled State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby does not have to recuse herself from the case.
By Nicolás Medina Mora

BALTIMORE — A judge ruled Wednesday that the six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, an unarmed black man who was allegedly killed by police in April, will have individual trials and that State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby will not be forced to withdraw from the case.

Gray, a 25-year-old resident of the impoverished west side of the city, died on April 20 of a catastrophic injury he suffered while in police custody. His death sparked protests against police brutality, which in turn provided cover for rioters to take advantage of the disorder and loot several stores and set fire to more than a hundred cars.

The unrest came to an end on May 1, when Mosby announced her intention to charge the six officers involved in Gray’s fatal arrest with crimes ranging from misconduct in office to murder. All six officers pleaded not guilty.

Wednesday’s were the first two hearings in the case. Judge Barry Williams listened to debates on whether the court should dismiss the charges against the officers on the grounds that Mosby compromised their chances for a fair trial and on whether the officers should be tried together or separately.

During the first hearing, the defense argued that Mosby’s statements on May 1 prejudiced potential jurors against the defendants, in an alleged violation of ethics rules. They also argued that several lawyers in Mosby’s office had become potential witnesses in the case by conducting a parallel investigation into the facts of Gray’s death, a situation that the defense claimed should disqualify them from conducting the prosecution.

Andrew Graham, an attorney for one of the accused officers, took particular issue with Mosby’s use of the phrase “No justice, no peace,” a chant used by both peaceful protestors and rioters during the unrest, saying that the clear implication of Mosby’s words were that “if [the people] want peace in Baltimore, they have to convict the officers.”

“This was not an impartial, dispassionate discussion of a case,” Graham said of the May 1 press conference. “This was a motivational speech.”

For their part, Mosby’s team argued that her statements during the press conference came from the public record and did not constitute an invitation to convict the officers. They also argued that there are legal precedents for prosecutors to participate in criminal investigations without having to withdraw from the case.

“Forests have been destroyed by the amount of paper the defendants have used to talk about these issues, but they are trial issues,” said Chief Deputy State’s Attorney Michael Schatzow.

After an hourlong hearing in which he often asked tough questions of both sides, Judge Barry Williams decided to side with Mosby, but not without criticizing some of her actions.

Williams told the court that he was “troubled” by some of the statements that Mosby made on May 1 — particularly when she told reporters that some of the officers had made statements while others hadn’t — but added that her comments had not compromised the defendant’s right to a fair trial. He also said he had no power to decide whether Mosby had broken the ethics rules that govern the conduct of Maryland lawyers, a matter that falls under the jurisdiction of the state’s grievance commission.

When Schatzow, Mosby’s deputy, tried to argue that the prosecutor’s conference had helped “calm” the city after the unrest, Williams interrupted him.

“It isn’t the job of the prosecutor to calm the city,” the judge said. “It’s the job of the prosecutor to prosecute. That’s a statement, not a question.”

The judge also said the defense’s suggestions that Mosby’s marriage to a councilman whose district was damaged during the riots disqualified her from trying the officers was “condescending.”

“Do you not think she can think for herself?” the judge asked the defense.

As for the question of whether Mosby and her team became witnesses by investigating the case, Williams said that Maryland state law and the U.S. Constitution support a prosecutor’s right and duty to inquire into criminal matters. He said that granting the defense’s motion would set a precedent that would essentially prevent elected prosecutors from performing the tasks for which they were elected, and advised the defense to resolve their grievances through cross-examining witnesses during the trial.

After he ruled on the motions, Williams also warned both sides that he would not tolerate the kind of uncivil behavior he said they displayed in some of their motions, reminding them that resorting to “name-calling” is not good lawyerly practice.

Later that afternoon, the two sides argued on whether the officers should be tried as a group or not. The prosecution, led in this hearing by Deputy State’s Attorney Janice Bledsoe, asked the judge to have four different trials: one for Officer Caesar Goodson, Officer Edward Nero, and Sergeant Alicia White, and three individual trials for Officer William Porter, Lieutenant Brian Rice, and Officer Garret Miller.

Bledsoe argued that Nero, White, and Goodson had all neglected the same duty of care to ensure Gray was not injured, but to different degrees, which she said explained why the state’s attorney charged them with reckless endangerment, manslaughter, and second-degree murder. She said the actions of Nero, who arrested Gray, White, who was the supervisor in charge and allegedly knew Gray needed medical attention, and Goodson, who drove the van where Gray suffered his injury, constituted parts of the same arch and should therefore be tried together.

The defense for all six officers pleaded the court to grant them individual trials, arguing that evidence against some of the officers would not be admissible against others, and that trying cases with such different degrees of culpability together could result in a “transfer of guilt” or a “spill over effect.”

“It’s really two separate cases,” said Marc Zayon, and attorney for Nero, arguing that the actions of the officers who arrested Gray and the ones of those who transported him were independent.

In the end, Judge Williams sided with the defense and denied the motion to join the trials, effectively granting each defendant his or her own trial.

“Because of the way the state has charged this case, evidence against officers Goodson and Nero would be prejudicial to Sgt. White,” Williams said.

Before the case can proceed, the court has to decide whether the trials of the officers should be held in Baltimore City or moved to another part of the state. The defense and the prosecution will debate the motion to change venue on Thursday of next week.

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BREAKING: State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby Will Remain On Freddie Gray Case
Wednesday’s hearing in the Freddie Gray case debated whether the court should sanction Mosby for alleged prosecutorial misconduct and force her office to withdraw from the case. BuzzFeed News’s Nicolás Mora is reporting from Baltimore.
By Nicolás Medina Mora

BALTIMORE — A judge ruled on Wednesday that State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby will not have to recuse herself from the trial in the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who was allegedly killed by police in April.

Gray, a 25-year-old resident of the impoverished west side of the city, died in April of a catastrophic injury he suffered while in police custody. His death sparked protests against police brutality, which in turn provided cover for rioters to take advantage of the disorder and loot several stores and set fire to more than a hundred cars.

The unrest came to an end on May 1, when State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced her intention to charge the six officers involved in Gray’s fatal arrest with crimes ranging from misconduct in office to murder. All six officers pleaded not guilty.

Wednesday’s was the first hearing in the case, and consisted of a debate on two defense motions asking the court to either sanction Mosby for alleged prosecutorial misconduct or force her office to withdrew from the case.

The defense lawyers argued that Mosby’s statements made during the May 1 press conference announcing the charges, prejudiced potential jurors against the defendants — in an alleged violation of ethics rules. They also argued that several lawyers in Mosby’s office had become potential witnesses in the case by conducting a parallel investigation into the facts of Gray’s death — a situation that the defense claimed should disqualify them from conducting the prosecution.

An attorney for one of the accused officers, took particular issue with Mosby’s use of the phrase “No justice, no peace,” a chant used by both peaceful protestors and rioters during the unrest, saying that the clear implication of Mosby’s words were that “if [the people] want peace in Baltimore, they have to convict the officers.”

For their part, Mosby’s team argued that her statements during the press conference came from the public record and did not constitute an incitation to convict the officers. They also argued that there are legal precedents for prosecutors to participate in criminal investigations without having to withdraw from the case.

“Forests have been destroyed by the amount of paper the defendants have used to talk about these issues, but they are not trial issues,” said Chief Deputy State’s Attorney Michael Schatzow.

After an hour-long hearing in which he often asked though questions of both sides, Judge Barry Williams decided to side with [Mosby or the defense].

Before the case can proceed to trial, both sides will have to debate a defense motion to move the trial to another jurisdiction, on the grounds that the publicity in the case prevents the officers from receiving a frail trial in Baltimore. A hearing for that motion is scheduled for Thursday next week.

Protests were underway Wednesday morning outside the courthouse with as many as 50 to 70 people blocking traffic. One protestor was arrested for blocking traffic and not moving after a warning, police said.

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It had been a…quiet week. By which he meant there’d only been one life-or-death incident, and neither of them were sporting any major injuries. Which was almost as bizarre as it was pleasant simply because it just didn’t happen. At least not to them. But he wasn’t about to complain about it–in fact, Jason was kind of reveling in it. What could he say? It had been a while since he’d gone this long without some kind of catastrophe or major injury ( it was always something; how his entire rib cage hadn’t collapsed on him by now was a mystery of cosmic proportions ). 

So while he was sprawled on the couch with his nose in a book he’d read a thousand times over and could probably quote word for word, naturally Roy was in the kitchen, about five feet away, fiddling with explosive arrow heads. And she wondered why the kitchen was always in a state of disrepair. Really, Jason’s learned to live with her using everywhere except her workshop for this sort of thing, and it’s not anything close to a surprise anymore. 

And yet somehow, he still jumps when there’s a bang coming from the kitchen, causing him to peer over the back of the sofa, eyes narrowed. “–Are you dead and is the kitchen ruined?” He called out, sounding only vaguely concerned. She’d yet to do herself any real damage. The kitchen however? God, the poor kitchen.