The 2015 Race Riots in Baltimore, Maryland


Introduction:
Half of the cops are black, most of the residents are black, the mayor's black, the state's attorney is black, the police chief and city council president are black, (not to mention the Attorney General and the President of the United States,) and yet the black rioters claim they're members of an oppressed minority.  So, when agitated by community organizers, the blacks smashed up and burned down their own city.  Brilliant!




Overviews:

When the Suspect Is an Armed Black Man — and the Cop Is Black.  [Scroll down]  In fact, just weeks before the death of Freddie Gray, a White House task force praised the Baltimore Police Department, as well as its black chief, for "implementing national best practices for policies and training" and "use of force" reforms.  In Baltimore, at the time of Gray's death, the No. 1 and No. 2 heads of the Police Department were black, and most of the command staff and rank-and-file officers are people of color.  The mayor of Baltimore is also black, as are the majority of city council and the state attorney who brought the charges.  Four of six officers were tried, and in each case the state failed to obtain convictions.  This led to the decision to drop charges against the remaining two officers, and plans for the retrial of one of the four.

The 131 Black Men Murdered by Black Lives Matter.  Black Lives Matter was called into being to protest what the racist hate group claimed was the killings of black men by police.  Activists with the extremist organization have accused law enforcement of genocide.  According to a study widely touted by activists, 300 black people were shot by police in 2015.  That same year 320 black people became homicide victims in Baltimore alone.  In 2014, 189 died.  And then Baltimore came under assault from Black Lives Matter over the Freddie Case leading to riots and the Ferguson Effect crippling law enforcement efforts.  The police became the villains.  Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake offered the racist rioters and looters space to destroy.  Along with the businesses and sense of security, here is what else was destroyed.  An additional 131 black men died in 2015 in Baltimore.  16 black women were murdered in both 2014 and 2015.  The huge increase came at the expense of black men.  The biggest bump in homicides, 49 to 99, happened among young black men aged 18 to 25.  This year's incomplete toll already stands at 68.

Baltimore Indicts the Welfare State.  In a speech on Monday [5/4/2015] at Lehman College in the Bronx, President Obama blasted the media for focusing on "looters and rioters" in the recent race riots in Baltimore and Ferguson before it, and said that they should instead be focusing on "those who are trying to solve the complex problems plaguing America's cities."  What are those problems?  Well, chief among them might be that hordes of black mobs regularly erupt in frenzies of thievery, arson, and violence in a pack-mentality response to perceived injustices and without knowledge or consideration of facts.  But that's just the symptom, the president suggests, of the "root causes of the tension in urban areas." [...] It can be expected that Baltimore having been under uninterrupted Democrat control since 1967 will not stop Barack Obama and the bleating sheep like Baltimore's current mayor (who suggests that the wealth just hasn't been spread around properly yet) from demanding that more and more government redistribution.

Yes, "black culture" is to blame for the riots in Baltimore.  It absolutely is black culture that's responsible for what's going on in Baltimore, that's plain to see for anyone who's willing to look at the situation objectively.  Why do you think there's so many young black men on the streets rioting?  It's mainly because young black men and women decided to have out of wedlock births, which is the fault of both the men and women in the black community.  The men usually leave and the moms have to work and rarely teach their kids any values or how to be decent, productive, and law-abiding members of society.  Furthermore, the young boys have no male influence to show them how to be good men and respect women and authority figures, and they also have a lot of anger built up subconsciously from being neglected, usually by both parents.  The rioting isn't about their economic situation or police brutality, at it's core it's about the breakdown of the black family and the lack of parenting in the black community.

The dreadful truth of Moynihan's prophecy.  As family structure virtually disintegrated, Baltimore's core has become a center of poverty and violence.  Recent unchecked rioting in Baltimore has been followed by a crime spree with 32 people shot and nine killed just over the Memorial Day weekend.  In the month of May, there were nearly 120 shootings and 43 murders.  Sadly, Baltimore is just the latest face of urban violence in America.  Other urban areas like Detroit, New Orleans, Newark and Chicago suffer from the same pathology.

Baltimore Is Awesome!!  Baltimore has been taking it on the chin in terms of publicity, so let's run a public service announcement on the city's behalf.  Maybe this will inspire some tourism to help jump start the local economy:  #vc



News and commentary:

Baltimore Activists Pursue City-Wide Ceasefire With 'Nobody Kill Anybody' Weekend.  Although it has less than a tenth of New York City's population, Baltimore has suffered 48 more homicides in 2017, according to police statistics.  The Maryland city's murder rate is also on the rise, 20 percent higher compared to the same period last year.

Baltimore's "nobody kill anybody weekend" lasts a little over a day.  It was a noble effort to be sure and a pretty good plan (all things considered) for as long as it lasted.  Sadly, that wasn't terribly long at all.  We're talking about the effort by some Baltimore community leaders to enact a 72 hour "ceasefire" in the city.  John noted the kickoff of the effort on Friday [8/4/2017], while I'd described my own concerns about the prospects for success a couple of weeks earlier.  It was an effort that was labeled nobody kill anybody weekend, and it was supposed to run from Friday morning until Sunday night.

Baltimore County Police Searching For Violent Escapee.  Baltimore County Police are searching for a prisoner in their custody who escaped from inside St. Agnes Hospital located in the 900-block of Caton Avenue, 21229.  Joshua Jerome Brown, 21, with a last known address of 5600-block of Loch Raven Boulevard, 21239 ran out of St. Agnes Hospital while receiving medical treatment on July 27, 2017 at 11:30 p.m.  Brown was last seen running on Wilkens Avenue.

Welcome to Baltimore — City Destroyed by the Democratic Party.  Baltimore isn't the only major city destroyed by the Democratic party.  They are just one of many.  Baltimore is just as bad as Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City or Philadelphia.

Businesses Sue Baltimore For Leaving Them To Their Own Defenses During Riots.  Baltimore, Md. businesses filed a lawsuit against the city for failing to protect their property during the 2015 Freddie Gray riots.  Sixty plaintiffs joined the lawsuit alleging that the city and police department were inadequately prepared for the riots, leading to almost $13 million in damages to over 380 businesses, CBS Local Baltimore reported Thursday [6/22/2017].  "The City and other Defendants failed them when they adopted a policy of restraint and issued stand-down orders, caring more about the public perception that they feared would result with increased police presence than preventing what were clearly preventable riots," Peter K. Hwang, an attorney for the plaintiffs, said in a statement.

Baltimore and Chicago are in a race to the bottom, murder-wise.  The temperature is going up across most of the nation this month, and I mean that literally as well as in the figurative arena of political combat.  And when the thermometer gets into the 90s in some of America's larger urban centers it seems to bring out the worst in people.  That was certainly the case in Chicago, where residents witnessed yet another weekend with near record numbers of shootings and murders.

In Baltimore, the joy and relief of making it through high school alive.  These were the students who made it through high school alive.  Five didn't.  Five of the roughly 300 teens who started the school year at Excel never made it to the end.  They were killed in the epidemic of gun violence that has claimed 146  victims through the end of May and made Baltimore "the toughest city in America to grow up in," as the local politician who addressed the graduates called it.

6 Baltimore schools, no students proficient in state tests.  A Project Baltimore investigation has found five Baltimore City high schools and one middle school do not have a single student proficient in the state tested subjects of math and English.

Baltimore Has Become A Rotting, Decaying War Zone.  It is hard to believe that Baltimore was once one of the greatest cities in the entire world.  Unlike nearby Washington D.C., Baltimore is a blue collar city that is home to some of the hardest working people in America.  When I was in high school, my brother and I were huge fans of the Baltimore Orioles, and once in a while our parents would drive us from our home in Virginia all the way up to Baltimore to see them play.  As an adult, I spent a number of years living near D.C., and I would take frequent trips up to Baltimore.  To say that the city is in a state of decline would be a major understatement.  Everywhere you look there are abandoned buildings and homes, and as you drive through some of the worst areas you can actually see drug addicts just lying in the streets.  Just like so many other communities all over this country, decades of liberal policies have taken a brutal toll, and now the city is just a rotting, decaying shell of the glorious metropolis that it once was.

Baltimore Sun:  Say, Could Someone Explain Why Illegal Aliens Are Treated Better Than U.S. Citizens in Court?  On the bright side, illegal aliens are mostly not responsible for the massive spike in crimes, shootings, stabbings, and murders in Charm City.  What with all that crime, one can understand that the police would have illegals as lower rungs on the ladder.  But, they still go after people who violate traffic laws, do they not?  Of course, the number of police working for Baltimore has dropped precipitiously since the city decided to demonize the police.

Baltimore Announces Illegal Aliens Can Commit Any Crimes They Want.  Baltimore's murder rate is out of control.  It's so bad that they've asked for Federal help.  Meanwhile their split lefty personality is taking sanctuary city to its logical conclusion.  California and other sanctuary jurisdictions have been complaining of Federal personnel showing up to bust illegal aliens.  But they can't bust them if you never charge them.

Baltimore Is Begging Feds To Step In To Restore Law And Order.  Baltimore's mayor asked the FBI to send in reinforcements Wednesday to help the city get its murders under control.  Mayor Catherine Pugh, speaking at a news conference, explained she went to the FBI's Baltimore office for extra agents to join with police officers in combating a skyrocketing murder count, reports CNN.  "Murder is out of control.  There are too many guns on the streets.  We're looking for all the help we can get," Pugh said.  The city already has 101 murders for the year, a number not seen in almost 20 years.  The mayor's spokesperson warned the violence could rise in the summer months.

Baltimore Anti-Cop Consent Decree Imposed.  An Obama-appointed judge is moving forward with a federal takeover of the Baltimore, Md. police department that critics say will boost crime there by handcuffing police officers in the increasingly violent city.  The pleas of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions fell on deaf ears as U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar, appointed by President Obama in 2010, denied a request from Sessions to hold off on enforcing the consent decree drafted by cop-haters for at least 30 days so the new Trump administration could assess the underlying settlement.

Baltimore defamation suit against Marilyn Mosby to move forward.  The long, drawn out battles surround the Freddie Gray trials in Baltimore may seem like a distant memory at this point.  Much of daily life in the city has returned to normal, even though the murder rate stayed stubbornly high at 318 for last year.  With all the trials against the police officers involved in Gray's arrest and subsequent death having failed or been dismissed, the dust has largely settled.  The mayor is on her way to a civilian gig with the DNC.

Baltimore Six — Federal Judge Allows Malicious Prosecution Case Against Marilyn Mosby To Proceed.  Interesting development in the aftermath of the Baltimore Six trials in the death of Freddie Gray.  A federal judge, Marvin J Garbis, has allowed a "malicious prosecution and defamation" lawsuit against Baltimore Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby to proceed.  Ms. Mosby's position was that she held absolute prosecutorial immunity from actions taken as a state's attorney.  Under normal prosecutorial constructs her office would most likely be correct.  However, the judge rightly pointed out that Mosby conducted an independent investigation using her office for more than just prosecution.

Report: Only 16% of Baltimore Teens Raised With Married Parents.  A new report released by the Family Research Council's Marriage and Religion Research Institute (MARRI) says that only 16 percent of 15- to 17-year-old teens in Baltimore have been raised in an intact, married family.  The report, released Wednesday and compiled in light of the recent Baltimore riots, cites Census Bureau statistics showing that, in terms of family units, Baltimore is "one of the five least intact counties of America," along with Cuyahoga, Ohio; the Bronx, N.Y.; the District of Columbia; and Shelby County, Tenn.

Baltimore Expected to Approve Law Banning Possession of 'Replica' Guns.  A Baltimore police detective shot and wounded 14-year-old Dedric Colvin earlier this year during a foot chase.  Police say they gave chase and ultimately fired shots after seeing Colvin carrying a weapon that appeared to be a semi-automatic pistol.  After the shooting, however, officers discovered the weapon was actually a BB pistol modeled after a popular type of semi-automatic handgun.  Authorities ruled the shooting was justified and no charges were filed against the officer.  If the aftermath of the incident, the Baltimore City Council decided that it wanted to do more to prevent another similar incident from happening.  How do they plan to achieve their goal?  By passing a citywide ban on the possession of toy or replica guns that appear similar to real handguns and rifles.

Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore's top prosecutor, deletes banned ballot photo.  Baltimore's top prosecutor tweeted, then deleted a prohibited ballot-box photo on Election Day.  The now-deleted image showed State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby's daughter looking over the blank ballot with the caption, "We Voted today #DoYourPartAndDoTheSame #We'reWithHer @HillaryClinton."  Maryland law prohibits the use of electronic devices inside polling places and voters are only permitted to take photos outside.

Man must pay $1M restitution for cutting hose during Baltimore riots.  A man who pleaded guilty to puncturing a fire hose being used during the riots in Baltimore last year has been ordered to pay $1 million in restitution.  Twenty-two-year-old Gregory Lee Butler Jr., also known as Greg Baly, was ordered to serve three years of probation and to perform 250 hours of community service.  The Baltimore Sun reported that the government sought a 33-month prison sentence.  U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz also sentenced Butler to time served on Thursday.  Prosecutors say Butler twice punctured a fire hose as firefighters were battling an arson blaze at a CVS drug store on April 27, 2015.

Marilyn Mosby would like to prevent cops from opting for bench trials.  Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby has found herself on the ropes after a disastrous series of failures during the Freddie Gray trials, but she's apparently not ready to give up on her efforts to put police officers in jail.  She's hitting the media circuit defending her new series of "reform" proposals which are described as efforts to hold law enforcement more accountable and bolster relations between police and the community.  There's no question that there are serious opportunities for improvement in that area, but a couple of her proposals are drawing justifiable skepticism.

What you're not being told about the new crime numbers.  A close look at the data reveals that the largest increases aren't pervasive nationwide, but are geographically uneven and concentrated among a small handful of cities.  For example, an oft-referenced report from the National Institute of Justice examining 56 large U.S. cities last year found that the 10 with the largest absolute rise in homicides accounted for a full two-thirds of the total increase among those sampled between 2014 and 2015.  In fact, among cities with a population of greater than 250,000, almost one-quarter of the entire homicide increase is accounted for by the massive increases in just Baltimore and Chicago!

In Baltimore, the Mayor finally throws Marilyn Mosby under the bus.  Two prominent women with both powerful influence and considerable political ambition were in the eye of the media storm all through the Freddie Gray trials in Baltimore these past couple of years.  One was Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who famously held the police back to "give those who wished to destroy space to do that" as rioters were burning down her city.  The other was state's attorney Marilyn J. Mosby.  Married to Baltimore City Council member and recent mayoral candidate Nick Mosby, she's one half of a power couple who shared lofty goals for political prominence.  Unfortunately, she's also the same person who stood on the steps of City Hall during the riots and promised to deliver "Justice for Freddie Gray" rather than simply justice for all in the city.

Baltimore bank robbery suspect dead, another hurt in shooting, police say.  A police officer fatally shot a man [9/23/2016] who had robbed a suburban Baltimore bank and injured a second man involved in the robbery, firing through the windshield of their oncoming car Friday [9/23/2016], authorities said.

Police Say Teens Live-Streamed Daylight Armed-Robbery of 64-Year-Old Man.  A 64-year-old man was reading a book at a Baltimore park earlier this week he suddenly became the victim of a violent robbery.  Baltimore police say the man was attacked by a group of teens that placed a gun to the man's head, sprayed him with mace and then stabbed him — all in broad daylight.  The attackers then allegedly made off with the man's iPhone, a North Face jacket and $60 in cash.  As if it is not already bad enough, Baltimore police say the one of the teens filmed the entire attack and live-streamed over Facebook.  The Baltimore Sun reports police on Friday announced the arrest of Zannay Laws and Dakei Perry, both 18, in connection with the brutal attack.  Both now face attempted murder and robbery charges over the incident.

$2.3 Million Taxpayer Dollars Goes to Help Students Cope With Freddie Gray Trauma.  The U.S. Department of Education awarded the city of Baltimore more than $2.3 million in grant money to help students deal with "significant trauma related to episodes of civil unrest."  The announcement said that the money is part of a new Promoting Student Resilience (PSR) program geared "to promote student resilience."  The federal government gave Baltimore $2,374,000, which will go towards counseling and behavioral programs to improve the mental health of students who may have been traumatized by civil unrest.  After Freddie Gray's death as a result of injuries suffered while in police custody, protests and rioting broke out in the city.  Tension increased again after the officers involved were either acquitted at trial or had their charges dropped by prosecutors.

'Pre-Search' Is Coming to U.S. Policing.  News that the city of Baltimore has been under surreptitious, mass-scale camera surveillance will have ramifications across the criminal justice world. [...] Since January, police in Baltimore have been testing an aerial surveillance system developed for military use in Iraq.  The system records visible activity across an area as wide as thirty square miles for as much as ten hours at a time.  Police can use it to work backward from an event, watching the comings and goings of people and cars to develop leads about who was involved. [...] But the technology collects images of everyone and everything.  From people in their backyards to anyone going from home to work, to the psychologist's or marriage counselor's office, to meetings with lawyers or advocacy groups, and to public protests.

FBI offering $5,000 for info on Baltimore gun store robbers.  [F]our males entered the store and took off with cash and firearms.  A fifth remained outside as a wheelman and lookout.

Baltimore reaches 200 homicides with man's fatal stabbing.  Baltimore officially has had 200 homicide victims in 2016 after an autopsy confirmed a 42-year-old man found dead Friday just west of downtown had been fatally stabbed.  The victim, identified Monday as Franswhaun Smith, was found Friday about 7:50 a.m. in the 700 block of Murphy Lane, in the Heritage Crossing neighborhood that was formerly the site of the Murphy Homes public housing development.

Baltimore Residents Beg Police To Protect Their Neighborhoods.  As Justice Department civil rights lawyers held a meeting to talk about overhauling the Baltimore police department, another group of Baltimore residents gathered to beg the police to fix the crime in their neighborhoods.  The meetings show a disconnect between those who are concerned about crime and those worried about police reform, reports the Washington Post.  Neither group was aware the other one was meeting.  About 40 people, most of them older black women, gathered in a West Baltimore church basement to ask police to return order to their community.  A gas station owner whose parking lot had been taken over by loiterers begged for help; a 17-year old was also fatally shot there.  Another man asked about the foot patrol officers that were promised to the community.

Baltimore streams tainted by amphetamines.  Are the nation's streams tainted with hard drugs?  If they're near urban areas, the answer is likely yes based on a new study that found amphetamine polluting water sources in Baltimore, CNN reports.  Researchers who tested samples from six streams around the Maryland city found them tainted with "amphetamine concentrations are high enough to alter the base of the aquatic food web," per a press release.

DOJ Pushes "Implicit Bias Training" for Local Police Officers.  How dispiriting it must be for police officers to patrol these mean streets day after day, especially now amidst all the criticism and accusations of racism.  No wonder Baltimore's police force is failing to retain so many officers.  But never fear.  The U.S. Department of Justice has an answer.  It has been pushing localities to provide "implicit bias training" for police officers and will require federal law enforcement officers and prosecutors to undergo it.  Loretta Lynch is a big fan.

Baltimore police lieutenant suspended after calling Black Lives Matter protesters 'thugs': Reports.  A Baltimore Police lieutenant and union leader was suspended Monday after sending an email referring to Black Lives Matter protesters as "thugs" to the entire police force, according to local news reports.  The email followed demonstrations outside the Hyatt Regency Baltimore hosting the four-day Maryland Fraternal Order of Police conference.

State Attorney Marilyn Mosby [Deficient] As An Attorney.  Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby [lacks competence] as an attorney.  Perhaps it's not her fault.  Maybe she missed class the day they taught law at her racist law school.  Or perhaps she's just the latest black social justice warrior trying to stick it to the police and 'the man' while she still has the full support of Imam Obama and Attorney General and Assistant Imam Loretta Lynch for a few months.  Either way, she's getting [...] sued by the cops she wrongfully prosecuted in the death of Freddie Gray.  The last of the charges against the Baltimore po-po in the Freddy Gray case was dropped today [7/27/2016].

The DOJ's Baltimore Police Report Contributes to a Hostile Environment for Law Enforcement.  [Numerous] heinous crimes occurred as Baltimore was experiencing the bloodiest year in its history, measured on a per capita basis.  Shootings, homicides, and robberies surged after the April 2015 riots triggered by the accidental death of drug dealer Freddie Gray following an arrest.  Nearly two dozen children were killed in 2015.  Baltimore's homicide count matched that of New York City's, a city 13 and a half times Baltimore's size.  Unfortunately, such crime merits but a few passing references in the 163-page report on the Baltimore Police Department released yesterday [8/10/2016] by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Report claims Baltimore's police discriminate against blacks.  Baltimore police officers routinely discriminate against blacks, repeatedly use excessive force and are not adequately held accountable for misconduct, according to a [scathing] Justice Department report.  The report said officers make large numbers of stops — mostly in poor, black neighborhoods — with dubious justification and unlawfully arrest citizens for speech deemed disrespectful.  During a ride-along with Justice Department officials, a sergeant instructed a patrol officer to stop a group of young African-American males on a street corner, question them and order them to disperse.

The Editor says...
Keep in mind that the report comes from the heavily-politicized Obama Department of Justice.

Baltimore cops routinely target blacks:  DOJ report.  Baltimore police officers routinely discriminate against blacks, repeatedly use excessive force and are not adequately held accountable for misconduct, according to a harshly critical Justice Department report being presented Wednesday [8/10/2016].

The Editor says...
The police should "routinely target" those who commit most of the crime.

Brian Rice, highest-ranking officer cleared in Freddie Gray's death, to get $127K in back pay.  Baltimore police Lt. Brian S. Rice, who was acquitted of manslaughter, misconduct and other charges in the death of Freddie Gray, is set to receive about $127,000 in back pay.  The city's Board of Estimates on Wednesday [8/10/2016] is scheduled to authorize a payment of $126,916 to Rice.  Rice and three other officers charged with felonies in connection with Gray's death were suspended without pay, under department policy.  Having been acquitted, Rice is now entitled to back pay under that policy.

Baltimore police dues doubled to pay for legal defense of officers in Freddie Gray case, avert union insolvency.  Footing the bill for the high-powered defense of six Baltimore police officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray crippled the city's police union financially, officials said, until members voted unanimously this year to nearly double their dues.  Now, with the unexpected conclusion of the Gray case this week, the union's legal bills are expected to sharply drop off — but not the dues.  Officials at Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 3 say they will continue collecting dues at the higher rate as a precaution, at least as long as Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby is in office.  "Yes, we will continue the same dues structure because we expect Ms. Mosby to continue her inane, malicious prosecution of police officers simply for doing their job," Gene Ryan said.

Officers in Freddie Gray Case Suing Marilyn Mosby.  Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby may have dropped criminal charges against the remaining officers in the Freddie Gray trial, but she remains entrenched in a legal battle in civil court.  Five of the six officers charged for the death of Gray are suing Mosby, as well as Maj.  Samuel Cogen of the Baltimore Sheriff's Office, in civil court for a gamut of causes.  In several lawsuits filed earlier this year, Officers William Porter, Edward Nero, Garrett Miller, Lt. Brian Rice, and Sgt.  Alicia White alleged defamation, false arrest, false imprisonment, and violation of constitutional rights, among others.

Freddie Gray case:  Charges against three remaining officers dropped.  Prosecutors dropped all remaining charges against three Baltimore police officers accused in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray in a downtown courtroom on Wednesday morning [7/27/2016], concluding one of the most high-profile criminal cases in Baltimore history.  The startling move was an apparent acknowledgment of the unlikelihood of a conviction following the acquittals of three other officers on similar and more serious charges by Circuit Judge Barry G. Williams, who was expected to preside over the remaining trials as well.

All Charges Dropped Against Remaining Officers — Mosby Blames Judge Williams.  Baltimore prosecutor Marilyn Mosby has dropped all charges against the remaining police officers.  All charges were dropped against all the officers who faced trial in connection with the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray April 2015.  The decision was announced during pretrial motions for Officer Garrett Miller, who was the next to face charges of second-degree assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment.

Prosecutors Drop All Remaining Charges Related to Death of Freddie Gray.  The Baltimore State's Attorney's Office has dropped all remaining charges against police officers related to the death of Freddie Gray.  Baltimore Sun reporter Kevin Rector just made the stunning announcement in a series of tweets earlier Wednesday morning [7/27/2016].

Prosecutor in Freddie Gray case:  I'm not anti-police.  Shortly after being elected last year, Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby said prosecutors in her troubled city had the "toughest job in America."  It's not getting any easier.  After three police officers were acquitted in recent months of charges related to last year's high-profile death of Freddie Gray, prosecutors announced Wednesday [7/27/2016] they were dropping all charges against the three remaining officers facing trial in connection with Gray's death.

Marilyn Mosby Slams Police Investigators, Baltimore Judge In Fiery Press Conference.  Marilyn Mosby's cases against six Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Gray has been by all accounts an utter failure, but the state's attorney was nevertheless defiant on Wednesday when she announced her office is dropping charges against the three officers who still faced trial.  The 36-year-old Mosby, who became a media darling last year when she announced charges against the officers for the arrest and death of Gray, complained during a press conference that the deck was stacked against her and her team of prosecutors.

Trump Blasts Freddie Gray Prosecutor: 'She Should Prosecute Herself'.  During a morning news conference, Donald Trump came out swinging against the prosecutor who charged six officers involved in Freddie Gray's death.  Gray suffered injuries while in a Baltimore Police transport van before falling into a coma and dying.  On Wednesday [7/27/2016], in a surprise move, the Baltimore State's Attorney's Office announced that all of the remaining charges against the police officers would be dropped.  This came after three officers were acquitted and a fourth officer's trial ended in hung jury last year.  Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby has come under fire for her handling of the cases, with one law professor even filing complaints demanding her disbarment.

The Black Heroes Who Took Down the Freddie Gray Hoax.  Once again, Judge Barry G. Williams handed the Freddie Gray lynch mob a decisive defeat, shredding the prosecution's case against Lt.  Brian Rice, the highest ranking police officer targeted by the mob.  Judge Williams stated firmly that, the court "cannot be swayed by sympathy, prejudice or public opinion."  Instead he insisted that it had to follow the law. [...] Not only is their Freddie Gray hoax being destroyed, trial by trial, based on the lack of evidence, but the destroyer is an articulate and principled African-American judge.  Worse still, Judge Williams had prosecuted police misconduct cases for the Justice Department.  And when he takes apart the Gray hoax, as he has done in multiple trials, it's from the standpoint of a uniquely qualified expert.  You can see why the media is staying away.

Baltimore police lieutenant is acquitted in the death of Freddie Gray.  A Maryland judge has acquitted Baltimore police Lieutenant Brian Rice over the death of black detainee Freddie Gray.  Rice, 42, became the third cop to walk free in the high profile case which sparked riots and protests across the country.

Freddie Gray case:  Judge acquits Lt.  Brian Rice of all charges.  Prosecutors in Baltimore failed for the fourth time to secure a conviction in the Freddie Gray case, with Circuit Judge Barry G. Williams acquitting Lt.  Brian Rice of all charges Monday [7/18/2016] related to Gray's arrest and death.  Williams cleared Rice, 42, of involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office in a downtown Baltimore courtroom.  The judge had dismissed a second-degree assault charge at the trial's midpoint, and prosecutors dropped a second misconduct charge at the start.  Rice chose a bench trial rather than a jury trial, putting his legal fate in Williams' hands.  He was the fourth of six officers charged in the case to go to trial, and the third to be acquitted by Williams.

Highest Ranking Officer In Freddie Gray Case Acquitted Of All Charges.  On Monday [7/18/2016], Circuit Judge Barry G. Williams acquitted Lt.  Brian Rice, the highest ranking of the six officers charged in the Freddie Gray case, of all charges in Gray's death.  Rice, 42, had been charged with involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office; a second-degree assault charge was dismissed by Williams halfway through the trial, and prosecutors dropped a second misconduct charge at the beginning of the trial.

Highest-ranking officer charged in Freddie Gray case acquitted on all counts.  A judge in Baltimore Monday [7/18/2016] acquitted the highest-ranking officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray, marking the fourth trial that prosecutors failed to win.  Lt.  Brian Rice faced charges of involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office.  He opted for a bench trial by Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams.  The judge previously dismissed a second-degree assault charge, and prosecutors dropped a second misconduct charge against the 42-year-old officer, who is white.

Law professor John Banzhaf seeks disbarment of Baltimore prosecutors in Freddie Gray trials.  Legal analysts ripped Baltimore prosecutors Monday over their handling of the Freddie Gray case, saying the prosecution should drop all charges against the three remaining police officers or risk more embarrassment in the courtroom. [...] The pointed criticism came Monday after Lt.  Brian Rice was acquitted of all charges for his role in Gray's arrest and death.  The lieutenant was the highest-ranking of the accused officers, and his full acquittal was the third consecutive loss for prosecutors.  Another trial ended in a hung jury in December, and a retrial has been scheduled.  But legal analysts said any subsequent trials should be canceled.

Baltimore Descends Into Chaos Thanks To City's Failure To Back The Police.  Jermaine Schofield was gunned down in Baltimore on Sunday [7/10/2016], one of three murder victims in the city that day.  Today, Schofield's family held a vigil for him.  During the vigil, a gunman fired at attendees.  Five were hit.  Thankfully, all are expected to survive.  These events are not an aberration.  Baltimore has descended into chaos since, in the aftermath of Freddy Gray's death, the city failed to back its police force.  Murders surged a staggering 63 percent in 2015, with 344 people killed.  This year hasn't been quite as bad so far, but the murder rate remains abnormally high.  Meanwhile, Baltimore's police force is shrinking dramatically.

Baltimore Six Update — Brian Rice Trial:  Judge Dismisses One Assault Charge Mid Trial.  The judge dropped one of four charges Monday [7/11/2016] against Baltimore police Lt.  Brian Rice in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, ruling prosecutors had not presented enough evidence to prove second-degree assault after three days of witness testimony.  Circuit Judge Barry G. Williams made the decision at the trial's midpoint — after the prosecution rested its case, but before Rice's attorneys launched into his defense — by partially granting a defense motion for acquittal.

Five wounded after gunman opens fire at vigil for Baltimore shooting victim.  Five people were shot at a candle-lit vigil for a Baltimore shooting victim, according to police.  Up to 30 vigil-goers were gathered for Jermaine Scofield, 24, who was shot dead early Sunday in Charm City, when the gunfire erupted.  Baltimore Police said that four women and a man were wounded, though none had life-threatening injuries.  A gunman approached on foot and opened fire, according to police.

Disbarment Charges Filed Against Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby.  Expect to hear the race baiters yelling, "She's innocent until proven guilty..."  Hmmmm.  I wonder if they'll mean "innocent until proven guilty" the way the officers were? [...] Marilyn Mosby is a racist, a despicable human being, and a disgrace to the legal profession.  To hear that a Georgetown professor has filed charges that Mosby be disbarred comes as welcome news.

Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson joins Baltimore City Schools.  Former mayoral candidate and Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson has been named to the transition team of incoming Baltimore City Schools CEO Dr.  Sonja B. Santelises.  Mckesson will serve as the interim chief human capital officer.  He previously served in Baltimore City Public Schools as a human capital specialist from August 2011 to February 2012, then as special assistant to the chief human capital officer until December 2013.

The Editor says...
It's safe to presume that the "human capital officer" is the person who makes sure everybody they hire is black.

Everything was accurate.  But none of it was true.  [Scroll down]  With little evidence of criminal acts, Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby charged six police officers with multiple felonies, including murder, after having the reports on the case for less than two days.  After blatantly attempting to poison the jury pool with her announcement, while doing excellently in the court of public opinion, she has so far not done well in the court of law.  Of three cases, two acquittals and one hung jury.

Stunning Revelations In Baltimore Six Case Outlines Marilyn Mosby Seeking Prosecution Despite Evidence.  In March of 2012 there was a clear inflection point within the judicial system when leftists, professional grievance activists, switched tactics from proclaiming the innocence of the transparently guilty, to advocating for the guilt of the transparently innocent.  The political case constructs against George Zimmerman and Darren Wilson were two high-profile examples that soon followed... now this:  This past weekend the Baltimore Sun outlined investigative evidence from a Baltimore detective, Dawnyell Taylor, that clearly shows the prosecution of the Baltimore Six police officers was yet another example.  Baltimore prosecutor Marilyn Mosby manufactured a political case intended to advocate for the guilt of the transparently innocent.

Police detective says misleading narrative presented to grand jury in Freddie Gray case, records show.  The lead Baltimore police detective in the Freddie Gray investigation said she reluctantly read to grand jurors a summary of evidence provided by prosecutors that she believed was misleading, according to police records reviewed by The Baltimore Sun.  Hours later, the grand jurors issued criminal indictments against six police officers in the arrest and death of Gray.  Detective Dawnyell Taylor said in a daily log of case notes on the investigation that a prosecutor handed her a four-page, typed narrative at the courthouse just before she appeared before the grand jury.  "As I read over the narrative it had several things that I found to be inconsistent with our investigation," Taylor wrote, adding:  "I thought the statements in the narrative were misquoted."

Marilyn Mosby may have an ethical obligation to abandon the rest of the Freddie Gray trials.  With the complete acquittal of Caesar Goodson this week, the argument being made by Maryland State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby has essentially imploded.  Goodson was allegedly the "most culpable" in the death of Freddie Gray and the one officer involved in the incident who might have been convicted on any sort of charges.  There are still four more trials slated to take place, however, all of which would grind more salt into the wounds between City Hall and the police force.  Should they even continue?

Injustice in Baltimore?  Blame the bungling prosecutor.  It now looks likely that no one will be held criminally responsible for the death of Freddie Gray in police custody.  If so, blame Maryland State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby.  In a bid to score political points, she rushed in to overcharge six cops even as mobs rioted and looted in Baltimore's streets.  On Thursday [6/23/2016] she lost the third and most critical trial in the racially charged case as Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams acquitted Officer Caesar Goodson of all charges, including second-degree murder.  From the start, legal experts warned the facts didn't back up the charges — and the judge, an African-American who previously prosecuted police misconduct, agreed.

Outcome of officers' trials could impact prosecutor Marilyn Mosby's political career, observers say.  Eyes across the country were on Baltimore Police Officer Caesar Goodson Jr. as he was acquitted of all charges Thursday [6/23/2016] in the death of Freddie Gray.  Another person drew similar attention:  Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby.  Mosby gained national prominence in May 2015 when she announced charges against six Baltimore officers on the steps of the War Memorial building, days after arson and looting rocked the city.

Baltimore Police union president calls on Mosby to reconsider 'malicious prosecution'.  The president of a union representing Baltimore Police Officers held a briefing Thursday [6/23/2016], after Officer Caesar Goodson was cleared of charges in the Freddie Gray case.  Lt. Gene Ryan said he was very pleased and "extremely grateful" for Judge Barry William's ruling and called on Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby to drop the cases against the remaining four officers facing trial.  "While we agree with the verdict in this case against Officer Goodson we also suggest that Mrs. Mosby reconsider her malicious prosecution against the remaining four officers," said Ryan.  "We are more than certain that they too will be found to be without guilt.  To continue this travesty is an insult to the tax-paying citizens of Baltimore who, at the end of the day, bear the full burden of the enormous costs of these trials that have no merit and continue to divide our city."

The Mosby Disgrace Continues:  Officer Goodson Acquitted of All Charges in Freddie Gray Case.  Make it 0-for-3 for Marilyn Mosby, the incompetent demagogue prosecutor who trumped up cases against six Baltimore police officers after the death of Freddie Gray.  Today [6/23/2016], a judge acquitted Officer Caesar Goodson of all seven charges, including the outrageous allegation of "depraved heart murder."  Goodson is the third cop to be tried.  Mosby has yet to win a conviction on any count.  As I have repeatedly observed, that is because there is no criminal case here.  Gray's death was an accident.  He suffered a severe spinal injury, which strongly appears to have been self-induced, while being driven in a police van after he was lawfully arrested.

Freddie Gray case: Caesar Goodson found not guilty of "depraved-heart" murder.  A judge explained why he found Officer Caesar Goodson not guilty in the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man whose neck was broken on the way to the station:  He didn't see any evidence of a crime.  Baltimore Judge Barry Williams ruled Thursday [6/23/2016] that the state failed to prove the police driver committed murder, manslaughter, assault, reckless endangerment or misconduct in office.  "There has been no evidence that this defendant intended for a crime to happen," Williams said.

Freddie Gray case:  Officer Caesar Goodson found not guilty of murder.  A Baltimore judge acquitted the police officer facing the most serious charges in the death of Freddie Gray on Thursday [6/23/2016], delivering a broad rebuke of a case that he said lacked evidence.  Officer Caesar Goodson Jr., 46, drove the transport van in which Gray sustained fatal injuries.  He is the second officer cleared in the high-profile case.  Four other officers could still face trial.

Freddie Gray case:  Officer Caesar Goodson Jr. not guilty on all charges.  A Baltimore judge acquitted the police officer facing the most serious charges in the death of Freddie Gray on Thursday [6/23/2016], delivering a broad rebuke of a case that he said lacked evidence.  Officer Caesar Goodson Jr., 46, drove the transport van in which Gray sustained fatal injuries.  He is the second officer cleared in the high-profile case.  Four other officers could still face trial.  After an eight-day bench trial, Circuit Judge Barry Williams found Goodson not guilty on charges that included second-degree depraved-heart murder and three counts of manslaughter.

Ceasar Goodson verdict delivers blow to Baltimore City Hall.  NBC News is describing the result as the "chips being stacked" against the prosecutors, which is fairly typical for the media, but if that's true it's because State Attorney Marilyn Mosby and her team, with the full cooperation of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, brought this on herself.  Mosby made her attitude toward the Baltimore Police clear from the beginning, promising the rioting crowds in the early days of this incident that she would deliver "justice for Freddie Gray" rather than simply justice.

Donta Allen Testifies, Claims Forgetfulness In Sixth Day Of Goodson Trial.  There was plenty of conflict on the sixth day of the second degree murder trial of Baltimore City Police Officer Caesar Goodson, the police van driver who is charged in the death of Freddie Gray.  The day started with Judge Barry Williams denying a defense motion to dismiss the case.  Williams said at this point, the state had presented enough evidence to continue the case on all seven charges, though the judge said it was, "a close call" on the most serious charge, seocnd [sic] degree murder depraved heart.

Baltimore Six Update — The Case Against Caesar Goodson Begins Collapsing.  Officer Caesar Goodson was the police transport van driver who the Baltimore prosecutor Marilyn Mosby has charge with murder.  However, the case is beginning to collapse because as outlined last year the evidence simply isn't there.  Not only is the evidence not there, exculpatory evidence hidden by the prosecutors continues to diminish their sketchy foundation for the charges.  Last week Judge Barry Williams was put into a difficult position by the State of Maryland when it was discovered the Baltimore prosecutors office had withheld exculpatory evidence, known legally as "Brady evidence", from the defense team.  This was the third time Mosby's team had been caught manipulating evidence.  Williams was not happy.

Freddie Gray trial: expert witness crumbles in van driver's prosecution.  Prosecutors seeking murder charges over Freddie Gray's death rested their case against Caesar Goodson on Wednesday [6/15/2016] with an expert witness who crumbled under cross-examination.  His testimony was the latest of several blows in the trial that experts say is prosecutors' best shot at getting a conviction for Gray's death.  After failing to win in the first two trials, the case against Caesar Goodson is especially important for Marilyn Mosby, the embattled state's attorney.  Goodson was the driver of the van in which Gray was transported, and faces the most serious charge of second-degree depraved heart murder.

Freddie Gray case:  Prosecutors turn over additional evidence during trial of Officer Caesar Goodson.  Evidence disclosed for the first time Wednesday [6/15/2016] in the trial of Officer Caesar Goodson Jr., the van driver charged with second-degree murder in the death of Freddie Gray, suggests that the doctor performing Gray's autopsy at one point intended to rule his death an accident.  Assistant medical examiner Dr.  Carol Allan ultimately ruled the death a homicide.  She has stood by that ruling during Goodson's trial, testifying that she never felt Gray's death was an accident.

Surprise revelation threatens to derail latest Freddie Gray trial.  There's been a bit of a bombshell dropped in the trial of Ceasar Goodson, the police officer who drove the van in which Freddie Gray sustained his eventually fatal injuries.  We previously discussed the decision by Goodson's team to opt for a bench trial and allow Judge Barrie Williams to decide his fate rather than facing a jury, along with how that might impact his fate.  Now, the early signs are that it might have been a wise choice.

Baltimore Prosecutors Withheld Evidence To Railroad A Cop In Freddie Gray Case.  [Scroll down]  Why does this make a difference?  Because, as David French points out, "It turns out that Allen had given a second, extended interview to the prosecution where he reaffirmed his initial story, and that initial story is devastating to the prosecution's case."  Allen testified that Goodman had provided a "smooth ride," that Gray was banging his own head against the barrier, and that Gray was still upright and moving for most of the ride.  This would essentially exonerate Goodman.  Before the left cries racism, here's a sad fact for their case:  Goodman is black, and so is Williams.

Stunning Last Minute Motion To Dismiss Due to Severe Brady Violation.  Baltimore Police Officer Cesar Goodson (left) is scheduled to begin his bench trial today, Thursday [6/9/2016], in the third prosecution revolving around the Freddie Gray case.  However, a stunning last minute motion to dismiss, based on a severe Brady violation from prosecutor Marilyn Mosby's office, might just end the entire trial before it begins.  Those of you familiar with the political prosecution in the Zimmerman trial will remember the frequency of Brady Violations from Angela Corey.  Marilyn Mosby is worse.

Judge blasts prosecutors as new Freddie Gray trial begins.  The judge in the trial of an officer charged in the death of a 25-year-old black man whose neck was broken in the back of a police van blasted prosecutors on Thursday [6/9/2016] for withholding information from the defense.

Marilyn Mosby Is Facing Two More Lawsuits From Different Baltimore Cops In Freddie Gray Case.  Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby is now facing two more lawsuits from Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray.  A federal judge unsealed court documents Tuesday [6/7/2016] that show Officers Garrett Miller and Edward Nero filed a joint suit against Mosby and Maj.  Samuel Cogen of the Baltimore City Sheriff's Office, the Baltimore Sun reports.  The suit alleges false imprisonment, defamation and violation of constitutional rights, claiming the charges filed against the officers were trumped up in an effort to quell anger after the Baltimore riots.

The Baltimore Mayor's Castro Odyssey.  Remember how after Baltimore was half destroyed by rioters last summer Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's made headlines by claiming she gave Baltimore rioters "space to destroy"?  She tried to walk back the unfortunate statement — but it only half-worked.  In any case, as president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, last week she was in (totally destroyed by Communism) Cuba leading a mayoral delegation which also includes Mitch Landrieu, mayor of New Orleans (among the murder capitols of the U.S.).  "These meetings and visits will provide U.S. mayors and Cuban officials the opportunity to share best practices for providing city services in education, healthcare, infrastructure, and transportation, according to the press release."  Note how the release says the Communist apparatchiks and U.S. mayors will "share."

Baltimore Cops To Sue Marilyn Mosby For 'Malicious Prosecution'.  Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby will face a slew of new counts, including malicious prosecution and false arrest in a lawsuit brought by two Baltimore cops, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned.  Sgt.  Alicia White and Officer William Porter, two officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, filed suit May 2 against Mosby and Maj.  Sam Cogen of the Baltimore Sheriff's office for defamation and invasion of privacy.  The suit alleges Mosby and Cogen knew the charges were trumped up, but filed them anyway to quell the riots that had ravaged the city.

The Freddie Gray Lynch Mob Lie.  No matter what Baltimore's corrupt Democrat-controlled political machine tries, it can't manage to convict anyone in the unusual April 19, 2015 death of Gray, a 25-year-old man with a long arrest record.  Gray passed away a week after his arrest after apparently suffering ultimately fatal injuries during transport in a police paddy wagon.  The non-conviction is also a stinging rebuke to Democrats like Barack Obama whose party has officially endorsed the violent, racist Black Lives Matter movement.  The left-wing narrative that racist killer cops are on a rampage across the nation isn't getting any traction — because it is a vicious lie and Americans know it.  And it is becoming increasingly obvious that the six Charm City police officers were charged solely for political reasons.

Prosecutor criticized after officer acquittal.  After two trials and no convictions, Baltimore's top prosecutor is facing criticism that she moved too quickly to file charges against six officers in the death of Freddie Gray without first ensuring there was enough evidence to bring them to bear.

Baltimore officer found not guilty on all charges in Freddie Gray case.  A judge in Baltimore Monday [5/23/2016] found a police officer not guilty on all charges against him in connection with the death of Freddie Gray in police custody, months after another officer's trial ended in a hung jury.  Officer Edward Nero faced second-degree assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment charges.

Baltimore Blames 'White People' After Cop Found Not Guilty In Freddie Gray Case.  Baltimore city residents expressed disappointment in response to the city circuit court Monday finding a police officer not guilty in connection to the death of Freddie Gray.  Officer Edward Nero was charged with several misdemeanor offenses after Gray died April, 2015, in his custody.  Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams found Nero not guilty of all charges just over a year later.

Freddie Gray and Jihad: Narrative v.  Fact.  [Scroll down]  In Baltimore, the municipal government — working hand in glove with Obama's federal government — has its narrative:  the "Black Lives Matter" storyline which holds that Gray's death in police custody was a cold-blooded murder caused by pervasive racism.  As was the case in the 1990s terrorism cases, the official government media narrative had nothing to do with the actual facts of the case.  Gray's death was an accident.  Baltimore's criminal justice system is among the most thoroughly integrated in the country.  The critical difference between then and now, though, is that in the absence of evidence, the prosecutors are trying to sell their propaganda as proof.

Justice and good sense in Baltimore.  The policeman on trial for his role in the arrest of Freddie Gray in Baltimore was acquitted Monday [5/23/2016] and the city did not explode.  Much of the credit for keeping the peace goes to the Gray family.  Billy Murphy, the family lawyer, said after the verdict that "I don't think anybody should be upset with this verdict." He praised the judge, who like Freddie Gray, is black, for deciding on the facts and not the public pressure coming from both sides.  "It's a very, very difficult job to sit as a judge under these enormously stressful conditions," he said, "and once again Judge Barry Williams has shown that he is a fair and impartial man."

Freddie Gray case:  Officer Nero found not guilty of all charges.  Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams on Monday rejected the state's case against Officer Edward Nero, acquitting him on all counts for his role in the arrest of Freddie Gray.  The verdict, which followed a five-day bench trial, is the first in the closely-watched case.  Nero, 30, had faced misdemeanor charges of second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and two counts of misconduct in office.

Freddie Gray Arresting Officer Edward Nero Found Not Guilty On All Charges.  Freddie Gray arresting officer Edward Nero was found not guilty on all counts by Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams Monday morning [5/23/2016].  Nero faced charges of second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and two counts of misconduct in office.

Edward Nero Trial Day 3.  The prosecution's case turns out to be just as weak and ridiculous as every reasonable person has long since perceived.  In essence, the prosecution's theory of criminal liability for Nero rests on the fact that when his superior officer, Lieutenant Brian Rice, radioed for assistance in chasing down a fleeing Freddie Gray, Nero complied with that request without first making an independent evaluation of whether reasonable suspicion existed for the stop or probable cause for the arrest.  Of course, such automatic good faith compliance with fellow officers in a pursuit and arrest is precisely what police are trained and expected to do.

Senate Confirms Obama Judicial Nominee Opposed by Maryland Police Unions.  The Senate confirmed Paula Xinis for a federal judgeship in Maryland by a vote of 53-34, over the protests of major state police unions and outside conservative groups.  Xinis, a partner and senior trial attorney at the Baltimore law firm representing the family of Freddie Gray, will serve in what is in effect a lifetime position on the U.S. District Court of Maryland.  Gray died in police custody and trials are ongoing for the six officers involved in his arrest.

Prosecutors to test novel legal theory in trial of officer charged in Freddie Gray case.  Prosecutors are expected to test a novel legal theory this week in the trial of a police officer charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray — that the officer didn't have the authority to detain him and therefore committed an assault by putting him in handcuffs.  The allegation could have widespread implications for policing in Baltimore and Maryland.  Hundreds of detainees in the city are released every year after being arrested without being charged.

Baltimore picks its next mayor.  Almost exactly one year after Baltimore broke out in rioting, voters had to decide who the city's Democratic nominee for mayor will be.  Considering the overwhelming advantage Democrats possess in Baltimore, this decision is tantamount to electing a mayor.

In Baltimore, a battered city seeks a new mayor who can heal its wounds.  The winner of Tuesday's [4/26/2016] Democratic primary, almost certain to be elected mayor come November in overwhelmingly Democratic Baltimore, will take office with police and black residents still wary of each other.  The city is braced for the trials of the six officers charged in Gray's death and still struggling to slow its soaring homicide rate — 344 killings in 2015 and a 16 percent jump so far this year over last year.  More than 16,000 houses sit vacant, and public schools rank at or near the bottom of many state measures.

One Year After:  Freddie Gray And 'Structural Statism'.  When Freddie Gray was born in 1989, Baltimore hosted 787,000 residents and 445,000 jobs.  By the time his fatal injuries in police custody provoked riots last April, the city's population had fallen by one fifth, to 623,000, and its job base had shrunk by one quarter, to 334,000.  Little wonder that throughout his life, Mr. Gray had never been legally employed.  Nevertheless, friends and family considered him "a good provider," according to The Baltimore Sun.  This was because he worked in the drug trade, which filled his city's economic vacuum.

Black Lives Matter gave him fame, but Baltimore isn't biting.  DeRay Mckesson, the Black Lives Matter activist turned mayoral candidate, is door-knocking on the streets of Charles Village.

Maryland's Court of Appeals delays officer's trial in Freddie Gray case.  Maryland's highest court has agreed [2/18/2016] to take up a key issue in the trials for the Baltimore officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, postponing trial proceedings until it can make a ruling.

Judge won't force officer to testify in Freddie Gray trials.  Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams [on Wednesday 1/20//2016] refused the state's motion to force William Porter to testify against Edward Nero, Garrett Miller and Lt. Brian Rice, who were the officers who initially arrested and detained Gray last April.  It was not until this month that prosecutors indicated that they wanted Porter to testify against the three officers.  Previously, they identified him as a material witness only in the trials of two other officers, Caesar Goodson and Sgt. Alicia White.

Freddie Gray Update: William Porter Jury Was One Vote From Manslaughter Acquittal, Report Says.  The jury in the trial for William Porter, the Baltimore police officer who was charged in the death of Freddie Gray, almost acquitted him of the most serious charge against him, manslaughter, with the jury split 11-1 in favor of acquittal, the Baltimore Sun reported Friday [1/15/2016].  The jury could not come to a consensus on the charges last month, leading Judge Barry Williams to declare a mistrial.  On the three other charges against Porter, the split was not as close, sources familiar with the votes told the Sun.  The jury was split 8-2 in favor of acquitting Porter of second-degree assault with two jurors undecided.

Maryland Appeals Court Steps In, Postpones Trial of Officer Goodson.  The Maryland Appeals Court has stepped in to halt the trial against Officer Caesar Goodson on the day jury selection was scheduled to begin.  In an earlier appellate court ruling the forced testimony of accused police officer William Porter was blocked.  The State's cases are falling apart due to inept legal application and ideological motives to prosecute.

Out of (gun) control.  As noted by many other commentators, American states and cities with the most restrictive laws are also places with some of the highest levels of crimes involving firearms.  A side note:  these jurisdictions are run by Democratic politicians, though the major media rarely note the connection.  And the police, who feel under constant attack, have pulled back in some cities, like Baltimore, contributing to the upsurge in gun crimes by thugs who don't think they will be caught.

What It's Like to Live in the Baltimore Basket Case.  In the most flagrant violation of our most foundational principles on the rule of law, the first officer, William Porter, was put on trial in December to please the local mob in its very own jurisdiction.  If there ever was a case to be made that a trial be moved to a different jurisdiction for concern of both partiality and intimidation of the jury, this is the case.  Yet, the defendants were repeatedly denied that request.  Throughput [sic] the trial, officer Porter was treated as presumed guilty unless he could prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that he was innocent and could demonstrate that he didn't know the predicament of Gray during the van ride.  Appallingly, at least some members of the jury wanted to convict him, resulting in a hung jury.  Amazingly, the judge decided to retry Porter, even though we are going on nine months since the indictment.  These cops are being treated differently than anyone else simply because they are cops in Baltimore City amidst a media circus exacerbated by Obama's Justice Department because the victim was black.

Baltimore Judge Guts the 5th Amendment.  [Officer William G.] Porter was the first officer brought to trial in the Gray case, presumably because the prosecution believed the case against him to be the strongest.  In fact, at trial the case against Porter was shown to be gossamer thin, with the State unable to prove exactly when or how Gray suffered his fatal injury, the defense demonstrating that the medical examiner's office changed its initial conclusion that the injury was accidental under political pressure, and an absence of evidence that Porter ever did anything to harm Gray.  The greatest surprise in Porter's trial was that despite the dearth of evidence that he committed any crime, that at least one juror voted to convict him.  The mistrial in Porter's case was disastrous for the prosecution, since they counted on him to provide testimony against his fellow officers either having been convicted or acquitted.  The prosecution could have obviated that problem by choosing not to retry Porter, but having promised mob justice to Baltimore's rioters, State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby decided to press on.

Officer Porter asks appeals court to block order compelling him to testify in Goodson case.  Officer William G. Porter asked Maryland's second-highest court Thursday [1/7/2016] to block a judge's ruling that he must testify for the state in the coming trial of a fellow police officer in the death of Freddie Gray.  Gary Proctor, one of Porter's attorneys, delivered the motion seeking an injunction to the Court of Special Appeals in Annapolis on Thursday.  Defense attorneys contend that the limited immunity granted Porter by Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry G. Williams does not protect him from facing new charges.

Baltimore judge orders officer to testify in second Gray death trial.  A Maryland judge on Wednesday [1/6/2016] ordered a Baltimore police officer to testify against other officers charged in the death of detainee Freddie Gray.  A lawyer for the officer, William Porter, said he would seek an appeals court injunction to block Porter from testifying against Officer Caesar Goodson Jr. and Sergeant Alicia White.

Congrats to Baltimore on breaking their all time murder record.  It's been a banner year in Charm City... provided you happen to own a funeral home.  Just as we are being assured that crime is coming under control (which it is in many areas outside of the inner cities) the citizens of Baltimore report that they've broken the all time per capita murder record for a single year.  And the telling part of the statistic is that they managed the feat almost entirely after the Freddie Gray riots.

Black Mob Violence: Easier to Find, Harder to Believe.  In December, the BBC wanted to know why "so many young African-American men [were] being gunned down by the state."  So naturally, it asked the white conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop. [...] It's really just a listening problem, Alsop explained to the Sun.  Black people had to resort to violence because white people were just not paying attention.  Alsop's comments echoed Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who last year said black rioters needed "space to destroy."  The next day she said she had not said it.  Then she said she did not mean it.  Then she said she did not want to talk about it anymore with white racists who were just trying to make her look bad.

Police document says Freddie Gray complained of back problem months before his injury.  Attorneys for Caesar Goodson, one of six officers facing criminal charges stemming from the death of Freddie Gray, filed two internal police documents that claim Gray complained of a back injury to police officers more than a month before his death in the back of a police van and he had a history of hurting himself while in custody.

Riot ideology: Results through coercion.  Since 1968, Baltimore has proved remarkably adept at procuring state and federal funds, but never really recovered from the riots.  And the lawlessness never fully subsided.  What began as a grand bargain to avert further racial violence after 1968 descended over the decades into a series of squalid shakedowns.  Antipoverty programs that had once promised to repair social and family breakdown became by the 1990s self-justifying and self-perpetuating.  In the wake of the 2014 riots in Ferguson, Missouri, and the 2015 West Baltimore riots, a new riot ideology has taken hold, one similarly intoxicated with violence and willing to excuse it, but with a different goal. [...] The West Baltimore rioters of 2015 didn't call for more LBJ-style antipoverty projects, but for less policing.

Porter retrial scheduled for June 13; Goodson's trial unchanged, to begin Jan. 6.  Officer William G. Porter will not be retried until June for his alleged role in the death of Freddie Gray, likely creating a problem for prosecutors who had hoped to call him as a witness at the coming trial of another officer charged in the case.  With charges still hanging over his head after a mistrial last week, legal experts say, Porter would be expected to assert his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination if called as a witness against Officer Caesar R. Goodson Jr., who will be tried next month.

New trial for Baltimore officer in Freddie Gray death set for June.  A Baltimore police officer will face retrial on a manslaughter charge over the death of black detainee Freddie Gray starting on June 13, a Maryland judge ruled on Monday [12/21/2015], after the officer's first trial ended in a deadlocked jury.

Have the Freddie Gray trials been essentially derailed?  This week, the first trial against Officer William Porter (who faced some of the lightest charges) ended in a mistrial.  The jury had come back to the judge several times with questions, requests for witness transcripts and complaints that they couldn't come to a resolution, but had been sent back to work by the judge.  In the end, though, they couldn't reach a consensus and a mistrial was declared.  So what happens next?  Nobody seems to be entirely sure.

Freddie Gray Mistrial Changes Everything In Officers' Next Five Trials.  The judge declared a mistrial Wednesday [12/16/2015] in the trial for Baltimore Police Officer William Porter, 26, after the jury could not reach a unanimous decision.  Now, the prosecution must decide whether to retry the case, but the mistrial puts the prosecution in a bind.  The prosecution planned to use Porter, after he was convicted, to testify against the other officers.  As of now, all the officers are pleading the fifth amendment, but a convicted officer could be pressured to testify.  Since Porter, who is black, is not convicted and still could be retried, he can't legally be required to testify and will likely continue to plead the fifth.

The Travesty in Baltimore.  The chilling thing about the hung jury that resulted in a mistrial for Officer William G. Porter, the first Baltimore cop to stand trial on charges arising out of the death of Freddie Gray, is that it was a hung jury.  This was a prosecution that should never have been brought, based on such a stark lack of evidence that there was not even probable cause to make an arrest, much less proof beyond a reasonable doubt to convict a man presumed innocent.  The jury should have acquitted Officer Porter in record time.  Indeed, the case should never have gone to jury deliberations because the trial judge should have dismissed it when the state rested without proving any crimes.

Thoughts on the mistrial of Officer Porter.  Judge Barry Williams declared a mistrial today in the case of Baltimore Police Officer William G. Porter who is charged with multiple crimes in connection with the death of Freddie Gray.  The jury deliberated for more than 16 hours but could not reach a decision on any of the four crimes alleged by the prosecution.  We don't know how the jury divided, but boy would we like to.  Porter isn't out of the woods.  The prosecutor can retry him and may well decide to.

Mistrial declared in trial of Officer William Porter in death of Freddie Gray.  A mistrial was declared Wednesday [12/16/2015] in the trial of Baltimore Police Officer William G. Porter, after jurors told a judge they could not reach a verdict on any of the four charges against him.  "I do declare a mistrial," Judge Barry G. Williams announced in a downtown courtroom.  Porter, 26, was charged with involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office.  He is the first of six city police officers to stand trial in the death of Freddie Gray.

Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore's Hero Prosecutor, Is Blowing the Freddie Gray Case.  The hero of Baltimore has a big zero on her hands.  Marilyn Mosby, state's attorney for Baltimore, could not get a jury to convict police officer William Porter in the death of Freddie Gray.  After several days of jury deadlock, a judge declared a mistrial Wednesday [12/16/2015].  Now it will be up to Mosby to try her luck again with Porter, or press on with the cases against five other officers.  It's a huge setback for Mosby's reputation months after thousands of people demonstrated and rioted in the streets and she stood on the steps of a courthouse promising to put away these cops.  Instead, she put on a lackluster case that included, among others issues, withholding a key piece of evidence from the defense.

Jury deliberation begins in case against Baltimore officer accused of involuntary manslaughter.  On Monday morning [12/14/2015], prosecutor Janice Bledsoe borrowed a quote from a famous French writer and a Hollywood blockbuster to conclude her closing argument in the state's case against William G. Porter, the first Baltimore police officer being tried in Freddie Gray's death.  "With great power comes great responsibility," Bledsoe told the court.  "Voltaire said that — and Spider-Man."  She told the jury — which would soon deliberate for nearly three hours before electing to continue Tuesday morning — that Porter had the power to save Gray at least four times but didn't.

Baltimore Schools Are More Afraid of Students Than Its Police Force.  As Baltimore awaits a verdict in the trial of William Porter, the first officer tried in the death of Freddie Gray, city leaders seem particularly afraid of one group of its residents:  its students.  At least, that's what many are concluding after a letter to parents from the city's school chief was made public on Monday [12/14/2015].  Dr. Gregory Thornton, Baltimore City Public Schools CEO wrote the letter to warn families that no violence will be tolerated in the wake of the verdict, which could come down this week.  But Thornton seems to have an especially broad definition of what actually constitutes violence.  "Students need to understand that we support their right to express their emotions, and that we will facilitate opportunities for them to do so appropriately," the CEO wrote.  "However, we need to make it clear that student walkouts, vandalism, civil disorder, and any form of violence are not acceptable under any circumstances."

Freddie Gray judge prosecuted police misconduct cases for DOJ.  Officer William G. Porter, 26, faces charges of manslaughter, second-degree assault, misconduct in office, and reckless endangerment because he allegedly did not get medical help for Gray when he complained of injuries after his arrest.  None of the 75 potential jurors in the first batch questioned by Judge Circuit Judge Barry G. Williams answered affirmatively when asked if they were unfamiliar with this case.  Each one also indicated awareness of the $6.4 million civil settlement the city paid to Gray's family, as well as the curfew imposed after Gray's death.

Can officers in Freddie Gray case get an impartial jury?  From the day news got out that Freddie Gray had died, the purported goal of everyone involved — from Gray's family to city officials, to the news media, to the people of Baltimore — was to determine what happened to the 25-year-old man from the West Side.  But the truth has been difficult to pin down, and now answers to those questions will be in the hands of a 12-person jury to be selected beginning Monday [11/30/2015].

The Race To Riot On College Campuses.  The president and chancellor at the University of Missouri abruptly resigned when a group of mostly black students protested that they had not said or done enough in response to racial slights on campus.  We're hearing students speak of the need for "safe zones" and against "microaggression," a term with which I have only recently become familiar.  Several points about all of this.  First, the leadership at the University of Missouri didn't lead at all.  They cut and ran.  To put a twist on a cliche, it isn't about the inmates taking over the asylum; rather it is about the children taking over the daycare center.

The Wreckage of Baltimore after the Freddie Gray Cameras Went Away.  In the same week that the Paris attacks took place there was a class action suit brought by residents from Baltimore's public housing units claiming that repairmen in the towers had demanded sex from female residents in exchange for keeping the lights on and the water running. [...] The media treated the Baltimore riots as the latest chew toy on the Social Justice Warrior front.  Reporters spoke in apocalyptic terms about evil police, beleaguered citizens of color and the failure of the American melting pot in the face of systemic white oppression.  The reality, as this short vignette of current events demonstrates, is that Baltimore has been suffering from far deeper problems which date back well into the middle of the 20th century.

Baltimore records 300th homicide of the year.  Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said in a statement Saturday evening [11/14/2015] that it was a "sad homicide milestone."

Has the liberal wing of the Democrats finally pushed the party too far?  [W]hen the "protesters" get out of hand and go after the cops, national support for the movement plummets.  Only 25% of respondents in a [recent] poll felt that the riots in Baltimore "were sparked by legitimate grievances" while a very solid majority described them as criminal actions.  It's possible that the Democrats' candidates have spent too much time watching the skewed views of reporters on MSNBC and CNN and came away thinking that theirs was some sort of national consensus view while nearly the exact opposite was the case.

The hero mom of Baltimore dropped off the radar quickly.  Remember the "Hero Mom of Baltimore" who smacked down her son on the evening news and dragged him out of the Baltimore Riots?  It's been six months since all of that madness unfolded and the Washington Post got to wondering what ever happened to the lady.

Taking Back the Neighborhood.  Ferguson and Baltimore are perfect examples of the anarchy that results from allowing that kind of behavior to continue unchecked.  It is difficult enough to deal with one person like that, but when you have hundreds gathered together that are beyond the reach of reason, your cities are on the road to hell.  Chicago has been on that road for quite a while and I know who to blame.  When you listen to the mayors of these cities, you soon learn it isn't just their criminals that are beyond the reach of reason.

FBI Director Ties Spike In Urban Crime To Cops' Fear Of Doing Their Jobs.  FBI director James Comey lent credence to a controversial theory Friday [10/23/2015] when he said during a speech in Chicago that violent crime has spiked in many big U.S. cities this year because police officers are worried that performing their policing duties puts them at risk of being accused of a crime themselves.  "I don't know whether that explains it entirely, but I do have a strong sense that some part of the explanation is a chill wind that has blown through American law enforcement over the last year," Comey said at a forum held at the University of Chicago Law School, according to news reports.

Update:
Liberal hero James Comey now the enemy for telling the truth about cops.  When James Comey threatened to quit the Bush administration over a wiretapping dispute, he was an instant liberal hero. [...] But now that Comey is resisting Obama's party-line claims about police brutality and mass incarceration, the White House is furious with him.  Its chief propaganda arm, The New York Times editorial page, is harshly denouncing the man it praised for resisting Bush.  Same Comey, same streak of independence, but now he's goring the wrong ox.  Thou shalt not contradict Dear Leader!

Activists occupy Baltimore City Hall; oppose commissioner.  Young, black residents of Baltimore hoped a public act of civil disobedience in the heart of local government would force their troubled city to deal with the decades-old problems of police misconduct, housing inequality and systemic disenfranchisement.

The lid is coming off in Baltimore.  Thank goodness the Baltimore Ravens will take on the Browns in Cleveland on Nov. 30, the day the first of six police officers goes on trial in the death of Freddie Gray.  Charm City doesn't need to repeat what happened with the Orioles, who had to lock themselves in and shut the public out of a game because violence and mayhem had erupted.  There's no word yet on what the street plan is for pretrial weekend, by which time even some generally peace-abiding Baltimoreans will be fed up with Thanksgiving leftovers and out-of-school kids, while the media gear up for their obligations, which will include rehashing ugly events that began the day Gray was buried (April 27) and preparing for the opening salvos of the much-anticipated trials.

Police Disband Sit-In At Baltimore City Hall, At Least 16 Arrests Made.  WJZ continues to follow developments in a nearly ten-hour protest at City Hall.  Several of the 16 arrested remain in jail.  The commissioner is defending his department's actions.

Two officers' statements ruled admissible in Freddie Gray case; three others withdraw efforts to block statements.  A Baltimore judge ruled Tuesday [10/13/2015] that statements made by two of the six police officers charged in Freddie Gray's arrest and death are admissible as evidence in their own trials and possibly in the trials of their peers.  Judge Barry Williams denied motions by attorneys for Sgt. Alicia D. White and Officer William G. Porter to suppress statements they made to police investigators in the aftermath of Gray's arrest in April.  The officers had argued that the statements were obtained improperly.

Freddie Gray case: Judge will allow two officers' statements as evidence.  A judge ruled Tuesday [10/13/2015] that the statements of at least two officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray can be included as evidence at trial, a victory for prosecutors who can use the accounts to show jurors how Gray was treated by police.  Circuit Court Judge Barry G. Williams on Tuesday also barred attorneys from discussing the case with anyone except their clients and legal team.

Bloody Baltimore: No end seen to post-Freddie Gray spike in homicides, shootings.  Baltimore's bloody summer ended with a barrage of bangs, as the rate of homicides and gun crimes continued to spike in the wake of the racially charged case of Freddie Gray, whose death in police custody left citizens angry and cops demoralized.  For September, homicides were up 39 percent and non-fatal shootings nearly doubled over the same month in 2014, continuing a disturbing trend that has gripped the Charm City since Gray's death in April and the rioting that followed.  For the year, murders are up 52 percent and non-fatal shootings 80 percent over last year.

Amazingly, a suspect is charged over arson during Baltimore riots.  [Scroll down]  [S]ome of us were wondering if there might not be time to check out the people who were doing the actual "protesting" in the form of destroying the city.  Would any charges ever arise from that?  I'd sort of given up on seeing any action on that front.  I mean, how rude would it be to distract from the important Social Justice Warriors message by arresting somebody just for tossing a few Molotov cocktails?  But my decidedly low expectations were confounded this week when the police actually made an arrest.

Baltimore officer said Freddie Gray asked for help.  As Freddie Gray was being transported in a police van through West Baltimore, at least one officer warned that Gray needed medical care but wondered, along with others, whether he was faking injuries or being uncooperative, according to investigators who reviewed the officers' statements during a departmental probe.  Those statements — which have never been publicly revealed — help to explain why a judge has ordered separate trials for six officers charged in the incident.

Baltimore's incredibly corrupt settlement of the Freddie Gray case.  Baltimore City approved a $6.4-million liability settlement for the family of Freddie Gray, a young West Baltimore drug dealer who died on the way to jail after police arrested him last April. [...] Maryland, like many states, has limits on liability in cases when municipalities are involved, and for pain and suffering in general.  In Gray's case, the liability limits for Baltimore City are usually capped at $400,000, for claims by the estate for the expenses and suffering of the decedent, and also for the pain and suffering of survivors, such as dependents or parents.  The city can ask for a waiver of such liability limits (which it evidently did in Gray's case) for egregious situations where the damages far exceed the liability limits.  But such situations envision cases of unquestioned liability, combined with shocking damages, such as a young person injured and subject to a long life of medical dependency and physical and mental suffering, conditions that don't pertain at all in Gray's case.

"Baltimore Six" To Have Trial in Baltimore — Activist Judge Rules Against Change of Venue.  Activist Judge Barry Williams gave activist Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby a big assist [9/10/2015] in her goal to convict six Baltimore police officers.  Williams ruled against a venue change motion while saying there's no evidence they will be unable to seat an impartial jury.

Pastor who led Freddie Gray marches arrested for blocking traffic.  A Baltimore pastor who led many of the marches against police brutality after the death of Freddie Gray was arrested Wednesday night [9/9/2015], a week after he stood in the way of traffic during a downtown march, police said.  Pastor Westley West, 27, of Faith Empowered Ministries, was charged with attempting to incite a riot, malicious destruction of property, disorderly conduct, disturbance of the peace, false imprisonment, and failure to obey, police said.

Freddie Gray's family settles with city for $6.4M.  The parents of Freddie Gray reached a tentative $6.4 million settlement [9/7/2015] with the city of Baltimore, nearly five months after their 25-year-old son was critically injured in police custody, sparking days of protests and rioting.

Update: Details of Pay Out.  Keep in mind:  [#1] no wrongdoing has ever been found;  [#2] Marilyn Mosby's private attorney is the same attorney as Freddie Gray's family;  [#3] The Gray family never filed a lawsuit, so this is not a "settlement" per se';  [#4] The possibility of any police wrongful conduct being found during trial is quite probably nil;  [#5] The maximum payout under Maryland state law, if lawsuit filed — and if police misconduct could be identified, would have been $400k.

Judge Rejects Effort to Try Officers Together in Freddie Gray Death.  The six Baltimore police officers charged in connection with Freddie Gray's death can have separate trials, a judge ruled today [9/2/2015].  Deputy State's Attorney Janice Bledsoe had argued at the pre-trial hearing today at Baltimore City Circuit Court that three of the officers should be tried together, saying they exhibited "degrees of the same breach of care."

Who is the judge in the Freddie Gray hearing?  Barry Glenn Williams has been an Associate Judge with the Baltimore City Circuit Court since December 2005.  On Wednesday [9/2/2015], he'll become a bit more of a household name.  Judge Williams will preside over Wednesday's hearings in the Freddie Gray case.  He's anticipated to hear motions to dismiss the case for prosecutorial misconduct, recuse Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby and other prosecutors, and determine whether six Baltimore police officers charged in Gray's death will be tried together or individually.

1st Freddie Gray Hearing Since 6 Officers Charged in Death.  A Baltimore judge on Wednesday [9/2/2015] refused to dismiss charges against six police officers in connection with the death of a black man from injuries he suffered while in custody.

Judge denies motions to dismiss charges against Baltimore officers, recuse Marilyn Mosby.  A judge on Wednesday [9/2/2015] ordered that six Baltimore Police officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray be tried separately.  The ruling was one of three that Judge Barry Williams handed down during the first pre-trial motions hearing in the case.  Williams earlier denied defense motions to dismiss charges against the officers and to recuse State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby's office from the case.  Prosecutors argued to have the six officers tried in groups, while defense attorneys had argued their clients should be tried separately.

Baltimore judge: Charges against police in Gray case can go forward.  A judge on Wednesday [9/2/2015] rejected defense motions to drop charges against six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of a black man from an injury in custody, clearing the way for scheduled trial next month.

Officers wanted: Police departments struggle with recruiting.  Philadelphia is one of several big cities struggling to find recruits; the police department is about 200 officers short.  "Right now policing is not the most attractive occupation that they could probably get into," said Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey.  Ramsey says relatively low pay and tougher application requirements, combined with high profile police incidents from Cincinnati to Baltimore to Ferguson, are having a negative impact.

Network Media, Black Leaders Sit Idly By as #BlackLivesMatter Rhetoric Grows Dangerous.  It's obvious we're heading into dangerous territory now.  The race wars that the likes of Dylan Roof and Vester Lee Flanagan are looking to ignite are only fueled by words and chants like this that go largely ignored.  Reasonable heads need to prevail here before we have another Baltimore, another Ferguson, or something much worse, something like a wildfire that can't be controlled.  Major media ignores a movement that openly chants for the death of police officers:  How isn't this a story worth a three-minute package on?  And before you say that group in Minnesota is just a rogue chapter, an aberration, ask yourself this:  If that's the case, why hasn't BLM leadership spoken out against such rhetoric yet?  Because they don't necessarily disagree with the message, that's why.

Black Skin Privilege: The Media's Love of Black Racism & Violence.  The media barely raised an eyebrow when Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, a black Democrat, welcomed criminal gangs and radical groups into city government.  Rawlings-Blake received hardly any media coverage earlier this year when she allied herself with race rioters.  She's the one who proudly boasted that she protected the First Amendment right to protest by providing space to those who "wished to destroy" local businesses.

Generations of Stolen Black Dreams.  Black unemployment, particularly under Obama, is extremely high.  While many blacks have achieved their American dream, many have not.  That is not white America's fault.  Behavioral issues are laying waste to the black community.  Over 70% fatherless households and 70% school dropouts leads to gangs, drugs, blacks murdering blacks and incarceration; all resulting in poverty.  So what is Obama's solution to fixing these problems plaguing blacks?  He lets drug dealers who prey on urban youths out of jail, claiming their crime is non-violent.  He has his DOJ bully police across America to back off urban thugs.  Obama minion Baltimore mayor said, "Let them loot.  It's only property."  Violent crime is up big-time in Chicago, New York and Baltimore.

These Black Lives Don't Matter to Black Lives Matter.  [Scroll down]  But because Black Lives Matters and other demagogues insist that it is solely about race, the majority of diligent police officers in Baltimore have had their hands tied by State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby.  If they are put into the position where deadly force is warranted there is a reasonable fear that Mosby will see fit to prosecute them.  So Baltimore PD refrains from intervening and, voila, murder is on the rise and nearly all of those who die are African Americans.

Former Baltimore State's Attorney Blames Marilyn Mosby For Violent Crime Spike.  A veteran Baltimore prosecutor is blaming state's attorney Marilyn Mosby for contributing to the dramatic spike in violent crime that has gripped the city in the aftermath of the Freddie Gray case.  In a scathing op-ed for The Baltimore Sun, Roya Hanna, who left the state's attorney's office in April, says that Mosby's actions during her short time in office have contributed to the more than 200 murders that the city has seen so far this year.  In the past several years, Baltimore hasn't reached that level of murders until November.

Baltimore Prosecutor Stopped Investigator From Exposing Freddie Gray "Crash for Cash" Schemes.  Most readers here are familiar with the set-up; Marilyn Mosby and Angela Corey followed the same plan.  Unfortunately most of those who rely on the MSM will be unaware the extent of the prosecutor railroading.

Defense says prosecutor steered police away from evidence Freddie Gray had history of 'crash for cash' schemes.  The police detectives who investigated the death of Freddie Gray were told that he had a history of participating in "crash-for-cash" schemes — injuring himself in law enforcement settings to collect settlements — but were advised by a state prosecutor not to pursue the information, according to defense attorneys for the six officers charged in Gray's arrest and death.

Psych firm that screens Baltimore cops under review.  A psychology firm under investigation for alleged contract violations involving Baltimore police officers' assessments for mental stability will not get more referrals from the city during the probe, the mayor said Friday [8/7/2015].

Loretta Lynch Embeds Federal Agents In Baltimore To Help Control Embarrassment of Growing Crisis.  The transparency of motive is brutally obvious.  As Baltimore suffers the worst explosion of gun/homicide violence in 40 years, the race-based professional apologists have to move quickly to avoid the consequences from their own insufferable policy/agenda failures.

Feds answer Baltimore's SOS on violence.  Baltimore is turning to the federal government for help in stemming a dramatic uptick in violence over the last several months.  Ten federal agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; the U.S. Secret Service and the U.S. Marshals Service will embed with the police department's homicide unit for the next 60 days, city leaders announced Monday [8/3/2015].

Loretta Lynch Embeds Federal Agents In Baltimore To Help Control Embarrassment of Growing Crisis.  The transparency of motive is brutally obvious.  As Baltimore suffers the worst explosion of gun/homicide violence in 40 years, the race-based professional apologists have to move quickly to avoid the consequences from their own insufferable policy/agenda failures.

Baltimore's best mayor evah presides over homicide rate not seen in nearly half a century.  You may recall that earlier this year, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was named President of the US Conference of Mayors for her outstanding work in serving the people of her city and demonstrating innovation in turning things around.  As part of that process, she decided to summarily fire Police Commissioner Anthony Batts back in the beginning of July.

Emails show how Baltimore devolved into chaos.  Some unrest occurred during the White House Correspondents Dinner on April 25.  As Freddie Gray was laid to rest two days later, the unrest was reignited with an intensity that left the city completely unprepared to deal with the rioters who seemed to have outmaneuvered the Baltimore Police Department.  As the security situation continued to deteriorate, Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency, deploying the National Guard in order to restore order.  The Baltimore Sun obtained over 7,000 emails from city officials during the unrest showing how things devolved into chaos: [...]

Hogan 'disgusted' FEMA won't declare Baltimore riots an emergency.  Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said Thursday that he was "very angry and frustrated" by the Federal Emergency Management Agency's decision to deny Maryland federal aid to help cover the cost of the Baltimore riots in April.  "The decision by the Obama administration to say, 'We don't consider it an emergency'?  It was just wrong," Hogan (R) said, when asked about the issue during a news conference in Baltimore.

Baltimore Prosecutors Hid Evidence Freddie Gray Tried To Injure Himself During Prior Arrests.  Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby previously stated she was going to pursue justice for Freddie Gray "by any and all means necessary".  Today [7/30/2015], in a motion filed by the defense, the extent of Mosby's activist intention is again reinforced.  In addition to hiding "Brady evidence", there is a meeting between Mosby and the medical examiner (prior to the autopsy release — and undisclosed by Mosby) which indicates previous elements of her pressuring the ME to change the cause of death from "accidental" to "homicide".

Baltimore killings soar to a level unseen in 43 years.  Baltimore reached a grim milestone on Friday [7/31/2015], three months after riots erupted in response to the death of Freddie Gray in police custody:  With 45 homicides in July, the city has seen more bloodshed in a single month than it has in 43 years.

During Baltimore Riots Maryland MCAC Intel Hub and Homeland Security Were Tracking Malik Shabazz.  Part of the 7,000 emails released to the Baltimore Sun reveals the MCAC Data Hub and DHS tracking former Black Panther leader Malik Shabazz during the Baltimore riots.  The MCAC Hub previously came to our attention two years ago when we discovered Maryland using DHS databases to collected license plate information (via ALPR) and cross references to national firearm purchases via contracted data mining of various state concealed carry permit libraries.

In wake of riots and crime spike, Baltimore mayor under fire.  Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake climbed onto the deck of an abandoned row house in Tuesday's sweltering summer heat and promised that "better is coming" as she promoted the restoration of a blighted block not far from where riots broke out earlier this year.

Marilyn Mosby's Request To Hide Evidence (Protective Order) Denied By Baltimore Judge.  Yet again, Marilyn Mosby fails to make a legal and intellectual argument that has merit.  The judge swatted this "protective order" down rather brutally.  Apparently Mosby is unaware of the difference between "probative" and "prejudicial".

Cops in Freddie Gray case: We gave statements under duress.  Three of the Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray gave initial statements under duress because they were afraid of being fired, their attorneys argued in motions filed this week.

Education and America's Third World.  Just 20 percent of tenth-graders in Alabama's Mobile County are proficient in math.  In Holmes County, Mississippi — home to the lowest life expectancy in the United States earlier this decade and a center of extreme poverty — a meager 28 percent of 8th graders are proficient in language arts.  In McDowell County, the poorest in West Virginia, only a quarter of high school students can claim reading proficiency according to the latest available test results.  Urban areas with the means to invest heavily in the status quo haven't seen results, either.  Despite spending among the largest sums in the nation on a per-pupil basis, roughly $18,000 per student, Baltimore's schools achieve an 8th grade reading proficiency rate of 16 percent.  On the most recent Maryland school standardized tests, only 29 percent of Baltimore city 8th grade students passed the math portion.  These are pitiful results.

Baltimore Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby's LEO Family Background Shows History of Drug Use, Terminations and Deception.  Oh boy, it looks like Marilyn "By-Any-Means-Necessary" Mosby has some serious issues in the background of her family and their life of crime while carrying badges.

East Baltimore anti-violence group work suspended after guns, drugs found in raid.  City officials have suspended operations of the Safe Streets anti-violence program in East Baltimore after police officers found seven guns and drugs stashed inside the Monument Street office. [...] Police said this week's investigation began when they were called about 2:26 a.m. Monday [7/13/2015] to the intersection of Hillen and Forrest streets, just south of East Monument Street, where a man said he was just robbed at gunpoint by two men in a gray SUV.  Soon after, an officer spotted the vehicle parked in the 2300 block of E. Monument and saw men dart inside the Safe Streets office.  When officers eventually raided the office, they found guns, heroin, cocaine, and other items used in the manufacturing and sale of drugs, including cutting agents and scales, police said.

The shooting crime rate.  Baltimore's mayor is all wet, and not only because a woman poured water on her at a town hall.  Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake blames the cops for the spike in murders in her city.  Uncaring cops, her argument goes, prey on the underclass, particularly young black men like Freddie Gray in Baltimore and Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.  Weak firearms restrictions are blamed for the gunplay that litters the streets with casualties.  It's the usual left-wing game that puts the blame for urban dystopia everywhere but where it belongs, on people behaving badly.  The results speak for themselves.

Marilyn Mosby's police officer family members used cocaine, fired from force.  Mosby's mother, Linda Thompson, had nine disciplinary actions against her in her 20 years on the force.  The Boston Police Department turned over a document that shows she violated the "substance abuse policy" in 2006.  A source familiar with the incident said that Thompson tested positive for cocaine. [...] Boston Police Internal Affairs launched an investigation in 1990 into various charges, which a police source told us indicated she lost her police gun.  After a hearing, Linda was suspended in 1993 for it.  Mosby's father, Alan James, was fired from the Boston Police Department in 1991 on the same day he was acquitted by a jury for assault and robbery.  According to an article in the Boston Globe at the time, the police commissioner fired him for "conduct unbecoming an officer."  Preston Thompson, who is Linda Thompson's brother and Mosby's uncle, was fired in 2001 for using cocaine.

Baltimore Defense Attorneys Find Evidence of "Judge Shopping".  The ongoing mountain of evidence continues to accumulate that Baltimore Prosecutor, Marilyn Mosby, intentionally manipulated the Freddie Gray investigation to construct a false case against the Baltimore Six officers.  Two significant issues.  #1) Mosby was denied a search warrant, and then her office went shopping for a Judge who would approve one, a legal no-no.  #2) The affidavit for the Search Warrant itself reflects the police merely detained Gray, until they discovered and illegal knife in his pocket — then he was placed under arrest.

Woman Arrested For Assault After Pouring Water On Baltimore Mayor's Head.  A woman was charged with second degree assault after she dumped water on the head of Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake Saturday [7/11/2015].  Rawlings-Blake was attending an outdoor event at Mondawmin Mall, the site of heavy looting on April 27, the day that 25-year-old Freddie Gray's funeral was held.

Woman arrested for dumping water on Baltimore mayor, report says.  A Baltimore woman was reportedly arrested Saturday morning [7/11/2015] for throwing water on city Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake as she greeted residents at an event.  Lacheisa Pailin-Sheffer, 37, is accused of running up to Rawlings-Blake and pouring a large cup of liquid of the mayor's head, according to the Baltimore Sun.  The mayor's aides rushed to dry her off, while the protection united grabbed Pailin-Sheffer and arrested her.  Pailin-Sheffer was charged with second-degree assault, police said.

Hundreds march against violence in Baltimore.  Hundreds of people marched through the streets of Baltimore Friday night [7/10/2015] calling for an end to the violence that has plagued the city in recent months.  Those who marched are the dedicated foot soldiers of Baltimore's constant war on violence.  Friday night [7/10/2015] marked the third annual 300 Men March, a shoulder-to-shoulder showing of Baltimore unity against what has plagued the city for years.

No one wants to live in Baltimore.  The recent unrest in Baltimore, including riots and overall awful political leadership, is being attributed to lagging home sales in Baltimore City, according to local real estate agents.  For the second consecutive month, home sales in metro Baltimore have outpaced sales in Baltimore City, an uncommon circumstance.

NAACP leader says Baltimore mayor told him not to host Republicans.  Hassan Giordano, a leader of a Baltimore branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), said he was told that hosting Republican outreach in his office is off limits.  Mr. Giordano, who calls himself "not the average conservative" because of his Muslim faith and criminal record, told The Daily Caller of irate phone calls he received for trying to work with Republicans.

Baltimore City Councilman Nick Mosby About Police Riot Response: "folks want answers".  Inside a Baltimore Sun article discussing reactions to the firing of Police Chief Anthony Batts, Councilman Nick Mosby, Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby's husband, gives his opinion about the police union's post-riot "After Action Report".

Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts fired.  Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has fired Police Commissioner Anthony Batts, the mayor's office said on Wednesday [7/8/2015].

Baltimore mayor announces Anthony Batts is out as police commissioner.  Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has fired Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts.  Effective immediately, Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Davis becomes interim commissioner.  Davis is a veteran law enforcement official who joined the city department in January after serving as Anne Arundel County police chief, a position he resigned from in Nov. 2014.

The guy hired to replace Anthony Batts did some pretty bad stuff at his last job.  The ink isn't even dry on Kevin Davis' contract as the interim police commissioner of Baltimore, and it turns out he was no choir boy at his last posting as a detective at the Anne Arundel County police department.  According to a report from the Baltimore City Paper, Davis and other members of his department illegally detained an individual, resulting in a $90,000 settlement paid to the detained man.

Baltimore Mayor Fires Police Chief After Sharp Rise In Violence.  Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake thanked Police Commissioner Anthony Batts for his service — and praised the job he had done — but said growing criticism of his leadership had become a "distraction" that was preventing the city from moving ahead.

Halfway Through Year — Baltimore Stands At 144 Homicides, Up 48 Percent Over Last Year.  Mayor Rawlings-Blake says the current level of slaughter is "disheartening".  Last month, Rawlings-Blake said city police officers need to do their jobs or face internal discipline.

Baltimore Police Union Forces City Leadership To Admit They Gave "Stand-Down Orders" During Riots.  The Baltimore Police Union is demanding public records of radio transmissions and email notifications to prove the leadership in the Baltimore Police Department, specifically Police Chief Batts, told officers NOT to stop the riots and looting.  Facing the probability the police union is going to succeed in their endeavor to put sunlight upon the truth the Mayor, Police Chief Batts and his leadership team are now having to admit they did tell the officers to 'stand down'.

Baltimore Mayor Announces Review of Confederate Statues.  A new commission in Baltimore will soon review Baltimore's Confederate statues as a nationwide debate continues following the recent shooting that killed nine black church members in Charleston, South Carolina.  Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced on Tuesday the special commission will make recommendations for each of the Confederate-era monuments and other historical assets.  Their suggestions might include, preservation, new signage, relocation or removal.

'Hold the line' commands protected lives during riot, police say.  Baltimore police commanders acknowledge that they ordered officers not to engage rioters multiple times on the day of Freddie Gray's funeral but said they did so to protect officers and citizens as they prioritized life over property.  In an interview with The Baltimore Sun, police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts and six top commanders who directed deployments on April 27 denied that they gave blanket orders to do nothing as rioters looted, raided businesses and even attacked officers with impunity.

Baltimore Evidence Includes Transport Van Witness Donta Allen "On Video".  Oh, how we've seen this entire story play out before.  Donta Allen 2015, is Rachel Jeantel 2013!!  A prosecution witness that actually deconstructs the prosecution.  Now we know why Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby wants to block public awareness of the evidence.  According to Megyn Kelly part of the "Brady evidence" turned over by prosecutors to the defense team in Baltimore includes video of van passenger Donta Allen giving his statement to "investigators".

Mosby Wants "Baltimore Six" Divided Into Two Trials — While Keeping the Venue In Baltimore.  Curiously Mosby is trying to get the two misdemeanor defendants (bicycle cops Nero and Miller) split up with one in each trial.  Possibly she's looking for contradictions between the two officers to crop up — Or she's racially seeking to colorize the trials.

Baltimore chief prosecutor gunning for Freddie Gray 'killer cops' poses for glamorous Vogue photoshoot — while trying to GAG defendants' lawyers.  The chief prosecutor in the Freddie Gray case has been slammed for trying to stop lawyers for the six accused police officers from talking to the media — while simultaneously appearing in Vogue.  Marilyn Mosby, the State's Attorney for Baltimore, is lauded as a 'heroine and lightning rod' in a celebrity-style profile for the famous fashion magazine.

Marilyn Mosby Guilty of What She Seeks to Condemn.  What is the moral difference between racially motivated abuses of power by rogue municipal police officers and those by prosecuting attorneys?  People should be concerned by Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby's behavior, but it is especially alarming when you consider that she is engaging in the same type of behavior that she is using her state power to criminalize.

Nation's Leading Forensic Pathologist Refutes Baltimore Autopsy Conclusions.  Dr. Vincent DiMaio (testified in Zimmerman trial) is widely considered one of the nation's foremost leading forensic pathologist.  He too sees through the political smokescreen deployed by Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby.

Mosby's office takes credit for calming crowd, saving Baltimore from being 'burned to the ground'.  In a new court filing submitted Wednesday [6/24/2015], State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby's office claims their actions in charging six police officers helped restore order and calm the crowd after Freddie Gray's death, saving Baltimore "before the entire city became an armed camp or was burned to the ground."  "Mrs. Mosby was trying to calm the crowd, not incite it," wrote Michael Schatzow for Mosby's office, in a response to a defense motion, according to the Baltimore Sun.  "Her repeated pleas for peace while the criminal justice system does its work served a legitimate law enforcement function."  Mosby's office was responding to attorneys for the police officers, who have asked the judge to throw the case against the officers out, and claim that Mosby's actions have tainted the jury pool.

Freddy Gray Autopsy Report Deals Blow to Murder Charges.  Baltimore prosecutor Marilyn Mosby has withheld the autopsy report on Freddie Gray from defense counsel and the public for nearly two months.  It is the report on which she relied to file murder and other charges against six police officers, even though the investigation into Mr. Gray's death was not close to being complete.  Now, just two days before Friday's [6/26/2015] court deadline for the state to disclose the report to the defense, it has been leaked to the Baltimore Sun.  The Sun's story makes it easier to understand why Ms. Mosby wanted the autopsy kept under wraps.

A Key Aspect Of The Freddie Gray Autopsy Report.  There's something quite interesting in the Freddie Gray autopsy story that is seemingly overlooked by those who are discussing the controversial content.

Marilyn Mosby: 'I arrested the cops for political reasons'.  This is rich. While simultaneously saying the people of Baltimore are too stupid a mob to stop destroying their city, Mosby claims that it was imperative she remove the constitutional protections of the police department in order to save Baltimore; and people should be thanking her for sacrificing the police for the greater good of society.

Law Professor: Freddie Gray Autopsy Is 'Very, Very Helpful To The Defense'.  The autopsy conducted on Freddie Gray helps the case of the six Baltimore police officers charged in the 25-year-old's death, a law professor tells The Daily Caller.  John Banzhaf, a law professor at George Washington University, also says that the autopsy, a review of which was published Tuesday [6/23/2015] by The Baltimore Sun, indicates that Baltimore city state's attorney Marilyn Mosby "downplayed" the medical examiner's findings when she publicly announced charges against the officers on May 1.

Freddie Gray Autopsy Revealed: An "Accident" Changed To "Homicide" By The Absence of a Seatbelt.  Our suspicions were 100% accurate in the review of all prior information coming from the released details.  An "accidental" self-induced injury stemming from Freddie Gray standing, not being seat-belted; and as a consequence of the van moving/stopping, Freddie Gray impacting the wall of the transport van.  Also including the presence of opiates and cannabinoid within his toxicology report.

Sounds like a "waffle job" to me.
Autopsy of Freddie Gray shows 'high-energy' impact.  Freddie Gray suffered a single "high-energy injury" to his neck and spine — most likely caused when the police van in which he was riding suddenly decelerated, according to a copy of the autopsy report obtained by The Baltimore Sun.  The state medical examiner's office concluded that Gray's death could not be ruled an accident, and was instead a homicide, because officers failed to follow safety procedures "through acts of omission."

Freddie Gray autopsy finds 'high-energy injury' while riding in police van.  Freddie Gray suffered a "high-energy injury" while riding in a Baltimore police van and the failure of officers to follow procedures makes the death a homicide, according to an autopsy report obtained by the Baltimore Sun.  Police arrested Gray on 12 April and he died a week later, prompting protests and rioting.  A grand jury indicted six officers on various charges.  One officer faces the most serious charge of second-degree "depraved-heart" murder.  They have pleaded not guilty.

Sign inside Baltimore police van under investigation.  The photos show the doors of the parked police van left open.  On the inside of the back door is a sign, attached or possibly stenciled on, that reads:  "Enjoy your ride, cuz we sure will!"  The pictures were taken Tuesday [6/30/2015] near the Central District Police Station on Baltimore Street.

The Editor says...
For those of you who may be confused by my terminology, "waffle job" is the name for the abuse of prisoners being transported to city jails by local cops.  The suspect sits in the back seat of a police car, as two officers sit in the front seat.  Upon a pre-arranged (silent) signal, the officer driving the car slams on the brakes, throwing the handcuffed prisoner face-first into the screen separating the back seat from the front.  Then the two cops chuckle and the prisoner arrives at the police station with a waffle imprint on his face, whereupon the other officers are also amused.  This practice started in the late 1970s, when barriers were first installed between the front and back seats of police cars.  It is my perception, as an outsider looking in, that the waffle job is usually reserved for belligerent offenders who didn't get enough of a beating at the scene of their crime.

Update and correction 7/11/2015:
New information has come to light, specifically from the latest issue of National Review, July 20, 2015, pages 8 and 10.  "The medical examiner concluded that [Freddie] Gray was placed by police in a prone position on the van floor.  If he had stayed that way, he would not have suffered the severe neck injury that led to his death.  But Gray decided to try to get back up even though his hands and ankles were restrianed; that, apparently is why he catapulted into the van's hard interior when it decelerated."  The Editor is unaware of any indication or evidence that the police intentionally caused Mr. Gray's injuries.  Indeed, the person who had the clearest opportunity to avoid Mr. Gray's arrest and subsequent injuries was Mr. Gray himself.

Baltimore Mayor Rawlings-Blake named President of US Conference of Mayors.  The US Conference of Mayors kicked off their 83rd annual meeting this weekend and as part of the proceedings they named their new president for the coming year.  The lucky winner was Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. [...] [T]he Conference is supposed to be about collecting and sharing good ideas in an effort to help cities improve their conditions and address challenges.  Wouldn't you suppose that somebody with a long, proven track record of success would be a logical choice?

Baltimore Police Chief Batts: More officers likely to be arrested, forced out as result of reforms.  More Baltimore police officers likely face arrest as the result of reforms in a scandal-ridden department that requires "wholesale change," Commissioner Anthony W. Batts wrote in a wide-ranging opinion piece published in The Baltimore Sun.  "Our reform efforts will very likely see more police officers arrested," Batts wrote.  "We will have more officers who are forced out because their outdated, outmoded views of policing do not match the standards the community expects and demands."

Marilyn Mosby's Office Says Baltimore Cops' Lawyers 'Spew Invective,' 'Distort Facts'.  In the latest salvo in the Freddie Gray case, the office of Baltimore city state's attorney Marilyn Mosby is accusing the attorneys for six officers charged in the 25-year-old's death of "spew[ing] invective, hoping that vitriol will trump logic."  In a motion filed Wednesday [6/17/2015], Mosby's chief deputy, Michael Schatzow, responded to the defense attorneys' calls for the 35-year-old prosecutor to recuse herself from the case because of her personal and political conflicts of interest.  "They make arguments for which they can find no authority," Schatzow said of the defense lawyers.  "They distort facts when they do not invent them.  They abhor logic, so they do not use it."

Marilyn Mosby Responds To Defense Motion For Recusal — Petulance, Inexperience Permeate Motion Language.  Baltimore's Special State Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby's office has responded to defense motion that she should be removed from prosecuting the Baltimore Six.  An astoundingly petulant, and ideologically-worded, rebuttal motion claiming the accused police officers and their attorneys distort facts in the hope "vitriol will trump logic."  Notably absent, actually glaringly absent, from the motion is anything relating to a "rough ride" despite numerous references to the construct of negligence in reference to the transport of Freddie Gray.

Marilyn Mosby Has Filed Protective Order To Block Release of Freddie Gray Autopsy.  Today [6/16/2015] Marilyn Mosby filed a motion requesting a protective order over the evidence in the Freddie Gray case.  Specifically, she is seeking to block the defense attorney's from publicly sharing the autopsy results.  Can you imagine her activist outrage if Saint Louis prosecutors hid Mike Brown's autopsy?  Can you imagine her outrage if New York prosecutors hid Eric Garner's autopsy?

Genosuicide and its causes.  In the reasonable fear of legal persecution, police in America's inner cities have stepped back from aggressive enforcement of the law, and the result is a sudden surge in homicides that have killed hundreds of people, almost all of them black.  As Heather MacDonald reported in the Wall Street Journal May 29, "Gun violence in particular is spiraling upward in cities across America.  In Baltimore, the most pressing question every morning is how many people were shot the previous night.  Gun violence is up more than 60% compared with this time last year, according to Baltimore police, with 32 shootings over Memorial Day weekend.  May has been the most violent month the city has seen in 15 years.

West Baltimore's Police Presence Drops, and Murders Soar.  A month and a half after six officers were charged in Mr. Gray's death, policing has dwindled in some of Baltimore's most dangerous neighborhoods, and murders have risen to levels not seen in four decades.  The totals include a 29-year-old man fatally shot on this drug corner last month.  Police union officials say that officers are still coming to work, but that some feel a newfound reluctance and are stepping back, questioning whether they will be prosecuted for actions they take on the job.

Marilyn Mosby's Father Was A 'Crooked Cop,' Police Officer Grandfather Sued For Racial Discrimination.  Marilyn Mosby has made it widely known that she comes from a long line of police officers, five generations of law enforcement to be exact. [...] But while it's true that numerous Mosby family members have worn the badge, a thorough look reveals a more complicated picture of that law enforcement background than she has let on in public.

Things go from bad to worse for Marilyn Mosby.  Marilyn Mosby, the prosecutor in the Freddie Gray case, continues to make news for all the wrong reasons.  First, her motion for a gag order in the case was dismissed because she f iled it in the wrong court. [...] Mistakes like this aren't unheard of in litigation, but they smack of amateurism.  Second, it has been revealed that Mosby directed Baltimore police to ramp up narcotics patrols with increased "targeting" at an intersection near where Freddie Gray was arrested.

Baltimore PD Email Surfaces Showing Marilyn Mosby Asked Police To Target Exact Location Where Freddie Gray Was Apprehended.  An email has surfaced as part of a defense motion to recuse Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby.  The email is from Mosby's office in the weeks just prior to the arrest of Freddie Gray.  In the March email Mosby is specifically asking the Baltimore police to target the exact intersection where Freddie Gray was apprehended — and work on eliminating increased drug activity.

Baltimore prosecutor asked police to target area where Freddie Gray was arrested.  About three weeks before Freddie Gray was chased from a West Baltimore corner by three Baltimore police officers — the start of a fatal encounter — the office of prosecutor Marilyn Mosby asked police to target the intersection with "enhanced" drug enforcement efforts, court documents show.  "State's Attorney Mosby asked me to look into community concerns regarding drug dealing in the area of North Ave and Mount St," Joshua Rosenblatt, division chief of Mosby's Crime Strategies Unit, wrote in a March 17 email to a Western District police commander.

Baltimore prosecutors had asked police to target Freddie Gray corner: report.  Baltimore prosecutors had asked police to focus drug enforcement efforts on the corner where Freddie Gray was chased by officers before he allegedly suffered a fatal injury in police custody, the Baltimore Sun reported on Wednesday [6/10/2015].

Baltimore police officers break silence on riots, murder spike and Freddie Gray.  Forty-two people were killed in Baltimore in May, making it the deadliest month there since 1972.  When asked what's behind that number, a Baltimore police officer gave an alarming answer.  Basically, he said, the good guys are letting the bad guys win.

Marilyn Mosby's Gag Motion Denied After Filing in Wrong Court.  Judge Charles J. Peters denied the Baltimore State's Attorney's motion on Tuesday for a gag order relating to the prosecution of six officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray.  Marilyn Mosby's request was denied on the grounds that her staff sent the request in the wrong court at the time.  Mosby's motion was filed in Baltimore's circuit court on May 14, and was meant to forbid any public disclosure about the Gray case by any witnesses, attorneys and police involved.  Peters declared that the motion lacked standing in the proceeding because until the officers' May 21 indictment, the case was still under the jurisdiction of the District Court.  Prosecution spokeswoman Rochelle Ritchie, refused to say whether the state had any plans to file a new motion.

Baltimore Mayor Loses 5 Criminal Justice Staffers.  In a span of just over two weeks, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake saw five top-level criminal justice staffers resign from their posts during a time when the city is experiencing its worst crime wave since the 1970s.  By the end of May, four were gone in a week, starting with head of Office of Nonviolent Programs, LeVar Michael.  Following him was the Director of the Criminal Justice Office, Angela Johnese.  Then Heather Brantner who was a coordinator for Rawlings-Blake's Sexual Assault Response Team.  In that week's final blow, the mayor's deputy director, Shannon Cosgrove, announced her departure.  Amazingly, according to Legal Insurrection, not one reason was given for any one of these resignations.  They just abruptly left.

Liberal City of the Future.  Culpability for the events in Baltimore over the past couple of weeks has perhaps inappropriately been directed exclusively at the police department.  In all likelihood, the charges against the police involved in the tragic death of Freddie Gray are only symptomatic of the greater underlying problems of the once booming city.  The greater tragedy is the destructive policies of over fifty years of liberal governance, which created the environment of disparity, poverty, and victimhood.  The city has been hemorrhaging jobs at an alarming rate for decades.  And the most hard-hit have been the city's black youth.  Over 37% of 20-25 year-old black males are unemployed, versus 10% for white males of the same age.  Black household median income is nearly half what it is for white households, at $33,610 and $60,550, respectively.

Baltimore Judge Denies State Attorney Marilyn Mosby Motion for Gag Order.  The judge presiding over the prosecution of six Baltimore Police officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray struck the state's motion for a gag order in the case.  Judge Charles J. Peters ruled the motion lacked standing in an actual proceeding, as it was filed by Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby's office in Circuit Court on May 14.  At that time, the officers' cases were still in District Court.  They weren't transferred to Circuit Court until May 21, when the officers were indicted.

Officer May Lose Arm After Man Stabbed Her 14 Times Over "Baltimore".  Unfortunately, the agitators, race hustlers, cop-blockers, pandering politicians, and media have told their lies so long and so loud that they have triggered yet another unprovoked anti-police attack.

Police Practicing Defensive Medicine.  Six Baltimore police officers were indicted in connection with the death of Freddie Gray who died while in police custody after arrest.  Did the police officers commit "police malpractice"?  Did they deviate from the "standard of care" during the arrest and detention process?  Who knows?  Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby, before any investigation of the facts and circumstances, saw that they were indicted.  A trial awaits the policemen, but meanwhile their lives are ruined, professionally and financially. [...] Predictably, arrests are down.  In Baltimore, "Police are booking fewer than half the number of people they pulled off the streets last year."  Crime is up and the police are nowhere to be seen.

Baltimore State Attorney Seeks Protective Order Blocking Release of Freddie Gray Autopsy Findings.  Head's up, we've seen this play before.  Corrupt and lying State Attorney, Angela Corey, did the exact same thing in the Zimmerman trial in order to keep the public from seeing how a fraudulent prosecution is constructed.  However, this latest manuever by Marilyn Mosby, as reported today in the Baltimore Sun, is Supernova levels beyond Hypocritical.  Can you imagine the outrage within the "Black Lives Matter" community if Saint Louis prosecutor, Robert McColloch blocked the autopsy release of Mike Brown?  Think about it.

Baltimore state's attorney Mosby seeks to hide Freddie Gray autopsy.  Marilyn Mosby, the state's attorney prosecuting 6 Baltimore police officers had no concerns over speaking out on her evidence on a national stage, but now wants to deny the public access to the autopsy performed on the late Freddie Gray.  What is she hiding, and why?  She is doing an excellent impersonation of a young and inexperienced prosecutor way over her head, as she also seeks more time to respond to defendants' motions, keeping them in limbo and without means of support, while her office with over 200 attorneys available, claims it is unable to respond in the normal amount of time allowed for such motions.

Baltimore records deadliest month in more than 40 years.  With three men killed in shootings on Sunday, Baltimore recorded its deadliest month in more than 40 years.  The 43 killings in May surpassed the 42 homicides the city saw in August 1990, and left Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake defending police and her administration. [...] The killing of African-Americans in Baltimore has to stop, she said, noting that 189 of the 208 killed last year were black men.  For the city to improve, all homicides need to drop, she added.

Paying the Price.  Baltimore is now paying the price for irresponsible words and actions, not only by young thugs in the streets, but also by its mayor and the state prosecutor, both of whom threw the police to the wolves, in order to curry favor with local voters.  Now murders in Baltimore in May have been more than double what they were in May last year, and higher than in any May in the past 15 years.  Meanwhile, the number of arrests is down by more than 50 percent.

Bloody Baltimore.  Soon after the rioting in Baltimore ended in late April, the world's media turned their gaze elsewhere.  Then, as a petulant police force retreated to its station houses, the real carnage began.  May was the most lethal month in the city in more than 40 years; in per capita terms, it may have been the bloodiest month since recordkeeping began.

Phoenix protests Islamism.  [Scroll down]  Contrast this with leftist-run Maryland, which in the same extensive survey ranked nearly last — 44th out of 50 — in its Second Amendment support.  The reasons?  The Old Line State unconstitutionally burdens its citizens to obtain a license to own a gun, requires them to be registered in a government database, and makes obtaining a carry permit difficult to the point that they are rarely issued.  The Baltimore protests-turned-riots earlier this year showed some of the implications of these unconstitutional add-ons: shop owners couldn't defend themselves against the mobs, and peaceful protesters ended up at the mercy of the criminal gangs.

What if you were a Baltimore police officer?  I have a question for you: If a relative, friend, in-law or neighbor made it blatantly clear that you were not welcome somewhere, and took aggressive steps to make their point, including physical manifestations of their displeasure with your presence, how many times would you make a special effort to visit that place?

Baltimore records deadliest month in more than 40 years.  With three men killed in eastside shootings on Sunday, Baltimore recorded its deadliest month in more than 40 years.  The 43 killings in May surpassed the 42 homicides the city saw in August 1990, and left Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake defending police and her administration.

Rising Crime Rates: It's Not Just Baltimore.  [Loretta] Lynch's encomium to the beleaguered cops will not alter the fact that crime in Baltimore is out of control with no sign of improvement.  "You have picked a noble profession," she told the officers.  "Despite how people may want to portray it, you [should] hold on to that every day."  Among the "many" she referred to are of course Mr. Holder and, lest we forget, the president of the United States, who seems to believe that the greatest danger facing black Americans is that of being mistreated by police officers.  Conditions in Baltimore suggest otherwise.  Since April 12, the day Freddie Gray was arrested, 51 people have been killed in Baltimore, 47 of whom have been black and none of whom died at the hands of a police officer.

The Left's Reign of Terror Continues in Martin O'Malley's Baltimore.  As Maryland's largest city grieves for a mother and her 7-year-old son found shot to death, it is becoming clear that criminals emboldened by left-wingers are terrorizing the people of Baltimore like never before.  The city's radical, left-wing, thug-loving mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (D), has emasculated the local police she despises and abandoned her constituents by giving criminals a green light to do as they please.  Police officers have been ordered not to do their jobs which is just as well because many of them are quite justifiably terrified of doing their jobs in the current environment.  Mobs of as many as 50 people now routinely assemble when police arrive at crime scenes.  Are they serving as community watchdogs or are they there to intimidate cops?  Maybe both.

Murder capital: Baltimore's homicide explosion in wake of Freddie Gray case dwarfs rate of similar cities.  The double murder Thursday of a young mother and her 7-year-old boy brought Baltimore's bloody monthly homicide tally to 38, a figure that dwarfs that of similar-sized cities and even exceeds the total for the same period in New York. [...] "The criminals are taking advantage of the situation in Baltimore since the unrest," Lt. Gene Ryan, President of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3, which represents officers in Baltimore, said in a statement provided to FoxNews.com.  "Criminals feel empowered now.  There is no respect.  Police are under siege in every quarter.  They are more afraid of going to jail for doing their jobs properly than they are of getting shot on duty."

Megyn Kelly: 'Learned Lawyers' Are Saying Marilyn Mosby Should Be Disbarred.  Fox News host Megyn Kelly said on Wednesday's [5/27/2015] "The Kelly File" that educated lawyers in Baltimore were throwing around the word "disbarment" when discussing the conduct on Baltimore City State Attorney Marilyn Mosby and her prosecution of six Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Grey.  "The civil unrest that occurred makes it unlikely the police officers could get a fair trial in the city of Baltimore, even if Mother Teresa were the prosecutor.  But instead you have a prosecutor who acts and sounds like she's a political candidate for office," noted senior judicial correspondent and former judge Andrew Napolitano.

Marilyn Mosby to Perform in Baltimore Circus.  Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby's high-profile prosecution against the six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray may have devolved into what could arguably be described as a three-ring circus, but she and her husband, city councilman Nick Mosby, are literally going to be guest ringmasters in a traveling black circus that is visiting Baltimore this weekend.

Woman, boy most recent homicides in Baltimore as city sees deadliest month in years.  Baltimore police Thursday [5/28/2015] found the bodies of an unidentified woman and a boy around 8 years old with gunshot wounds to the head, increasing the number of homicides in the city to 38 in what has been one of the city's bloodiest months on record.  Officers said they responded to a report of a shooting on Upmanor Road Thursday morning and found both victims, who were pronounced dead at the scene.  Homicide detectives are investigating.  The murders bring to 110 the number of killings in Baltimore so far this year, the Baltimore Sun reported.

Baltimore's $20 Million Federally Financed Riots.  One month after the race riots that trashed Baltimore, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said that the city would apply for a $20 million Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant to replenish the "rainy day fund" being used to pay for cleanup and police overtime costs in the wake of the mayhem that she herself is on record as encouraging.  "In order to replenish this fund, we've already worked with the state to apply for a federal FEMA reimbursement, and we are confident that we will receive a significant reimbursement from the federal government," CBS Baltimore affiliate WJZ reported her as saying Wednesday [5/27/2015].

Homicides and shootings spike while arrests decline in Baltimore City.  May has seen 38 homicides so far, making it Baltimore's deadliest month since 1996.  Shootings this month have more than doubled compared to May 2014.  Meanwhile, arrests have plummeted since April's unrest in Baltimore, with only 1,177 people arrested so far in May compared to 3,801 in the same month last year.

#SomeBlackLivesDontMatter.  Baltimore was an obsession of the BlackLivesMatter crowd and of the news media after the death of Freddie Gray from a terrible injury suffered in police custody.  But now that 35 people have been murdered in the month of May, the highest in a month since 1999, the response has been muted.  A few Baltimore organizations are staging anti-violence protests, but they won't command major media attention.  There have been headlines and TV reports about the killing spree, but nothing like the ubiquitous calls for yet another national "conversation" after Freddie Gray's death.

Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby Claims "hacks", and Begins Shutting Down Social Media.  A scathing expose' by Megyn Kelly today, outlining much of our research on activist Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby, leads to Team Mosby claiming a "twitter hacking" and blocking visibility of Mosby's earlier prejudicial video statements.

Officers in Freddie Gray case file for change of venue.  Defense attorneys for six police officers facing criminal charges in the Freddie Gray case are seeking to have the case tried elsewhere in Maryland, saying their clients can't get a "fair and impartial trial" in Baltimore.  In an 85-page document filed Wednesday [5/27/2015] with the court seeking a change of venue, the lawyers argued that a "presumption of prejudice" exists in the city.

How Baltimore became Pottersville.  Baltimore's recent riots are not surprising in a city that has long been plagued by both police brutality and one of the nation's highest murder rates.  Though numerous government policies and the rampaging looters deserve blame for the carnage, federal housing subsidies have long destabilized Baltimore neighborhoods and helped create a culture of violence with impunity.  Yet just last week, Baltimore officials were in Washington asking for more.  Given the history, it defies understanding.

6 Officers Indicted In Freddie Gray's Death.  City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby says based on new evidence that's not being released, some charges have been revised — but the ones with the most prison time still stand.

Empowered Thugs Rule The Streets — Post Riot Baltimore Shootings Skyrocket 70% — Murder Rate Increases 42% — Mayor "Disheartened".  Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake called the city's recent spike in violence "disheartening" Thursday [5/21/2015] as police work to address a dramatic increase in homicides and nonfatal shootings.

Cleveland police department not repeating the mistakes of Baltimore.  [Scroll down]  The first sign of violence occurred when protesters hurled an object at a man who was heading into a bar, striking him on the head.  The police, who were following along, promptly arrested the thrower and two protesters who interfered with the arrest.  Next, four protesters attacked patrons of another bar.  All four were arrested. Two more were arrested for using pepper spray on the patrons of yet another bar.  Eventually, as more violence loomed, the police ordered the crowd to disperse.  When the protesters did not comply, dozens were arrested.

Baltimore Rioters Burn Down House & Medical Equipment of Severely Disabled Child.  Khai'Lee Sampson is a 7-year-old child that suffers from severe cerebral palsy caused by an asthma attack when he was 18 months old that left him without oxygen for 45 minutes.  A few weeks ago, his house was burned down during the Baltimore riots, destroying all of his medical equipment that keeps him alive.

Mosby's 'conflicts'.  The heated rhetoric on both sides of the prosecution of officers involved in Freddie Gray's death has intensified in recent days, with their attorneys calling for State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby to be replaced by a special prosecutor and with her office firing back in court briefs.  Given the passions stirred by the case, it's not surprising, but it doesn't amount to much either.

Empowered Thugs Rule The Streets — Post Riot Baltimore Shootings Skyrocket 70% — Murder Rate Increases 42%.  Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake called the city's recent spike in violence "disheartening" Thursday [5/21/2015] as police work to address a dramatic increase in homicides and nonfatal shootings.  "It's extremely frustrating," the mayor told reporters at a news conference.  "It is disheartening, but I am still resolved to continue to reduce violent crime in our city."

Marilyn Mosby Now Says Freddie Gray's Knife Isn't Important To Case Against 6 Baltimore Cops.  The office of Baltimore City state's attorney Marilyn Mosby has added a new wrinkle to the Freddie Gray case, alleging in a court filing that the 25-year-old was illegally arrested by Baltimore police officers even before they recovered a knife on his person.

Baltimore Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby NOW Requests Gag Order In Freddie Gray Case.  Marilyn Mosby announced her independent "direct action" charges against the Baltimore Six police officers, with a national press conference. [...] However, soon after announcing her charges, the facts behind the case began to surface and the case began falling apart.  Now, with the very real possibility of a nation awakening to the political and activist motives, she is asking the court to impose a gag order — so she can hide the fraud and delay public knowledge.

How leaders encourage riots even as they condemn them.  It's an iron rule of economics:  If you want less of something, tax it.  If you want more of something, subsidize it.  This iron rule captures a deep truth not just about money but about human nature — and we are seeing it play out in horrifying and dispiriting images of Baltimore under siege from within.  Of late, America has been offering a moral subsidy of sorts to rioting and looting.

Numbers Show Most Baltimore Cops Are Minorities.  Civil rights activists and liberal advocates have loudly charged that behind the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old African-American who died while in police custody, is a racially prejudiced Baltimore police department that continues to torment the city's poor minority neighborhoods.  The critics haven't looked at the numbers.

Baltimore State Attorney Mosby Announces New "Jobs Instead of Convictions" Program.  It should be noted the program relates to "non-violent drug felons"; the key aspect being the definition of "violent".  As Marilyn Mosby and all of the Baltimore officials have noted, arson, looting and destruction of property is considered "non-violent".

The Editor says...
Watch the video again.  The only jobs for which these guys show any aptitude is demolition.  Who would hire any of them?

Damage Caused During Baltimore Riots Estimated At $9 Million.  Days of rioting in Baltimore after Freddie Gray's death caused an estimated $9 million in damage to homes and businesses, the Small Business Administration announced Wednesday [5/13/2015].

Rawlings-Blake defends handling of Baltimore rioting.  Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake defended her handling of the recent rioting in Baltimore, arguing Tuesday [5/12/2015] that more aggressive police or military tactics could have escalated the violence.  "Nobody died during the riots," Rawlings-Blake said.  "Out of the two weeks of demonstrations, we only had a few hours of unrest, and then we were able to restore peace and calm. ...["]

Two Baltimore City Jail Correctional Officers Caught On Video Looting A 7-11.  Two correctional officers who work at the Baltimore City jail were suspended without pay Wednesday [5/13/2015] after video emerged showing them looting a 7-11 store during last month's riots.  Tamika Cobb and Kendra Richard were charged with theft and two counts of burglary, according to a statement released by the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS).

The unabashed activism of Maryland's state's attorney..  Marilyn Mosby, the Baltimore City state's attorney who has filed charges against six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, is a left-wing activist first and a prosecutor second.  She couldn't have made this clearer last weekend when she turned up at Prince's rock concert in Baltimore.  She not only attended the de facto anti-police political rally but appeared on stage with the performer

Shakedown:
Rep. Johnson: GOP Budget Could Cause Baltimore Type Violence.  During an interview last week on WABE radio's "A Closer Look" program Johnson said he voted against the GOP budget measure because of its domestic spending cuts and added that its passage could result in violence.  "If we're not careful the have-nots of this country will rise up like the people in Baltimore," Johnson said.

In Wake Of Riots, Baltimore Demands More Money For Programs.  Political leaders and activists in Baltimore are using the city's recent riots as an opportunity to demand more state funding for the city's school system and after-school programs.  At two different events on Monday [5/11/2015], activists and politicians directly cited the riots as showcasing the need to funnel more money towards educational efforts in Baltimore, The Baltimore Sun reports.  Activists want Hogan to direct about $68 million in funds he hoped to allocate for other state needs back to education.  About $11 million of that money would go to Baltimore.

The Editor says...
Watch the video clips.  There is no evidence that the Baltimore rioters have had any education at all.  Thus, all the money spent on their behalf — whether they attended classes or not — was completely wasted.  Don't ask for more "education" money until you can show positive outcomes.  Until then, the money would be better spent on barricades, tear gas and prisons.

J. Christian Adams on Fox: 'Some DOJ Lawyers in Division Probing Baltimore PD Worked for Anti-Police Orgs'.  PJ Media Legal Editor J. Christian Adams appeared with Shannon Bream [5/10/2015] to discuss the Department of Justice's investigation into the conduct of Baltimore's Police Department, which was requested by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake following the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody.  The Eric Holder/Loretta Lynch DOJ has launched similar investigations into the conduct of municipal police departments based upon an incident that inflamed racial tensions.  Most recently, the DOJ targeted the Ferguson Police Department, which resulted in firings and other severe punishment despite the inciting incident having been found to exhibit no evidence of misconduct.

Baltimore prosecutor Marilyn Mosby under fire for political, celebrity conduct.  Marilyn Mosby, the Baltimore City State Attorney in charge of prosecuting six police officers for the death of Freddie Gray, Jr., is coming under increasing criticism from defense attorneys and legal scholars who think she is politicizing the case and using her prosecutorial power to create her own celebrity.  Ms. Mosby has raised eyebrows in several quarters with a media blitz that has spanned from a CNN interview that focused on her courtship with her city councilman husband to her decision to appear on stage with Prince during a rock concert for a song dedicated to Mr. Gray.

Mosby doubles down on demagoguery.  Yesterday [5/10/2015], Marilyn Mosby, the prosecutor who brought charges against six Baltimore police officers accused of mistreating Freddie Gray, sat on stage at a Baltimore concert in which Prince performed a protest song about Gray and the recent unrest in the city.  As I understand it, the concert was in honor of Gray, and Prince called Mosby and her husband to the stage.  Based on the reports I've seen, I would say the event had a decidedly anti-police tenor.

Baltimore Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby Sits On Stage As Guest Of Honor For Prince Concert Rally and Freddie Gray Justice.  Any conversation questioning whether Marilyn Mosby might be concerned about the appearance of impropriety can be put to rest.  Last night [5/9/2015] State Attorney Marilyn Mosby, the prosecutor in case against Baltimore six police officers, along with her husband Councilman Nick Mosby, not only appeared on stage, in front of thousands during a "Justice For Freddie Gray" concert by Prince, but also sat on stage — as a guest of honor — during the entire concert.

Baltimore Police Just Arrested Man Who Filmed The Freddie Gray Arrest.  Kevin Moore filmed the police brutally arresting Freddie Gray.  That footage went viral and began all of the protests that have been flooding the streets of Baltimore and sweeping the nation ever since.  Now, after claiming the police had been harassing and intimidating him after he went public with the footage, Kevin Moore and two members of Cop Watch — Chad Jackson and Tony White — have been arrested tonight [4/30/2015] in Baltimore.

The riots haven't ended, they've merely been postponed.  Yes, the rioters have put down their bricks, their Molotov cocktails, and all their many other implements of destruction (at least for the time being), and when one compares the present state of the city to the chaos seen last week, one can say things have improved.  But after the great collective sigh of relief goes out, Baltimoreans must now reckon with the meaning of the word "normal" as it applies to their city.  Indeed, what is normal in Baltimore would be cause for great alarm in almost any other city you could name.

Running From Police Is the Norm, Some in Baltimore Say.  Some do it because there are warrants for their arrest.  Others because they possess drugs, are seeking a thrill, or are just plain scared.  Sometimes people do it even when they have done nothing wrong.  Young men in the heavily policed neighborhood where 25-year-old Freddie Gray was chased by the police — and suffered fatal injuries in custody — say running from officers is a way of life with its own playbook, passed down on the streets in much the way a young girl learns double dutch by watching others on the block.

Lynch Opens Civil Rights Probe Into Baltimore Police, Won't Put 'Prism' of Racism on Investigation.  New Attorney General Loretta Lynch today announced a civil rights investigation into the Baltimore Police Department, stressing that "if unconstitutional policies or practices are found, we will seek a court-enforceable agreement to address those issues."  Lynch said the Justice Department probe will focus on "allegations that Baltimore Police Department officers use excessive force, including deadly force, conduct unlawful searches, seizures and arrests, and engage in discriminatory policing."

Meet Prosecutor Mosby's Lead Investigator.  Mr. [Avon] Mackel used to be a high-ranking Baltimore police officer, according to CNN.  Well, until things went horribly wrong.  In 2009 Mackel was stripped of his command position because of a grievous failure to follow through on allegations of a mishandled robbery investigation by two of his officers.  In addition, according to that same CNN report the Baltimore Sun newspaper reported that police in Mackel's district were falsely "down-classifying" crimes in order to suggest crime rates were lower than was actually the case — and to make Mackel look more effective as a crime-fighter than he was.  But it gets even more interesting.

Violence surges as Baltimore police officers feel hesitant.  As the number of shootings and homicides has surged in Baltimore, some police officers say they feel hesitant on the job under intense public scrutiny and in the wake of criminal charges against six officers in the Freddie Gray case.  State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby's decision last week to charge the officers has stoked strong opinions across the country — including praise from those who want accountability and derision from some legal experts.  But perhaps the most jarring effect has been on the Baltimore Police Department.

Most police vans in Baltimore region lack seat belts.  Two Baltimore-area police departments say they're reviewing their practices for the transport of prisoners in the wake of Freddie Gray's death from an injury that prosecutors say he suffered in the back of a police van.  The reviews by the Howard and Baltimore County police departments come as a survey by The Baltimore Sun found that prisoner transport vans used by county law enforcement agencies generally are not equipped with seat belts.

Black Families Matter.  Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake made all the right noises Monday night as she discussed her city's response to the unrest enveloping it after the unexplained death while in police custody of Freddie Gray, but she lost more than a few critics willing to give her the benefit of the doubt when she said that "anyone who wants to add to the calls for peace in our city is welcome" — including Al Sharpton.

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Freddie Gray's knife, Marilyn Mosby's bias.  [Scroll down]  You would think that a prosecutor would not trip herself up over something so basic as whether it was lawful to carry a given knife.  Marilyn Mosby has the knife and should know whether it is outlawed by state and city law.  She also knows that sooner or later the knife will be seen by a judge.  So you would assume that she has a decent case that it is legal.  But when it comes to Mosby, we shouldn't assume much.  Her bias and lack of good judgment have been on display from the beginning.  Mosby's bias is documented in a motion by the defense to have her removed from the case.

Wayne Co. Asst. Prosecutor Resigns over Baltimore Post.  An assistant Wayne County prosecutor resigned Friday [5/1/2015] after being disciplined for a Facebook message that said the way to end the violence in Baltimore was to shoot the protesters.

The Four Horsemen of the Education Apocalypse.  America watches in horror as ravaging mobs of young, mostly black, people tear through American towns burning cars and businesses, looting and vandalizing, screaming obscenities and mindless chants.  Our president blames slavery — gone now for over 150 years, blacks blame the cops, journalists blame poverty, but so far no one has blamed the educational system.  If you spend between 12 and 16 years telling kids:
  •   that they are victims of gross unfairness,
  •   that they have no hope unless somebody else fixes things for them,
  •   that the system is rigged against them,
then you shouldn't be astounded when they blow up.

The Freddie Gray Transport Van — Reconciling Disparate Witnesses.  [Scroll down]  As a consequence of the Washington Post now desperately trying to avoid the story, and with an acceptance of common sense around the specificity of the sourcing originally carried within their article, we are no longer alone in recognizing that something is seriously afoul with the sub-plot surrounding the other passengers in the transport vehicle.  The discovery that the van actually has three prisoner compartments, and the knowledge of the first compartment being loaded before the Freddie Gray pickup into compartment #2, presents the most plausible reconciliation of all factors.  Donta Allen never knew there was a third passenger.

Defense attorneys in Gray case call for state's attorney to be recused.  Defense attorneys representing six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray filed a motion Friday to have the case dismissed, or for the city's top prosecutor to be recused from the case and replaced by a special prosecutor, citing alleged conflict of interest.  The attorneys argue in the documents that the officers were victims of an 'overzealous prosecution' by State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby, who they claim has personal and political motivations in the case.

Lawyers for Charged Baltimore Cops File Motion Calling On Marilyn Mosby to Recuse Herself.  Attorneys for the charged Baltimore cops has filed a motion on behalf of all the officers to get State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby to recuse herself from prosecuting in the case of Freddie Gray's death.

Baltimore officers file to dismiss charges in Freddie Gray's death.  Attorneys for the six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray filed a motion Friday [5/8/2015] to have the case dismissed or have Baltimore State's Atty. Marilyn J. Mosby's office taken off the case.  The motion lists what attorneys say are numerous "undeniable" conflicts of interest and concerns about the investigation by Mosby's office, according to a copy obtained by the Los Angeles Times.

Freddie Gray Case — Former Prosecutor Rips Current Prosecutor.  To prepare your cognitive palette I'll simply bullet her main points from her op-ed:
  •   Mosby's charging of the officers "reflects either incompetence or an unethical recklessness."
  •   Alan Dershowitz predicts the eventual dismissal of most or all the charges.
  •   Mosby declined use of most experienced homicide prosector in Maryland, as well as the services of a grand jury.
  •   She may well have arrested two completely innocent officers on the basis of false imprisonment [AFB: in which case one wonders if Mosby might find herself charged with false imprisonment].
  •   Mosby circumvented normal charging procedures and simply had several sheriff's deputies, with no personal knowledge of the events, swear to the truth of the charges and file them on her behalf.
  •   It appears Mosby set aside the fairness and objectivity demanded of prosecutors in a pursuit of personal and political gain.
  •   Mosby may now have laid the foundation for a catastrophic backlash by outraged residents of Baltimore — whom she had led to believe would see officers convicted of murder and manslaughter — should her charges be dismissed because of a paucity of evidence.
  •   Mosby has established a new de facto standard for police conduct in which normal errors of judgment exercised under the duress of a street cop's daily job can be used not merely to hold them civilly liable but to put them in prison.

Loretta Lynch launches civil rights probe of Baltimore police.  The Justice Department will conduct a broad investigation into the Baltimore police force to identify law enforcement practices that are unconstitutional and violate civil rights, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Friday.

Po-Po and the Missing Papas.  In the face of massive rioting, Baltimore said blame the police and "bring in the mommas."  Three black mommas failed to enforce the law and appealed to the lowest instincts of the mob.  Momma #1, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, said, "If three black women can't bring healing... I don't know who will."  She doesn't know much.  After fifty years of affirmative action in education, which has ultimately helped make fathers irrelevant, it is questionable if the mayor understands that black skin and female sex are not the answers to the terrible problems of the Baltimore ghetto.  She clearly doesn't know she entered into a criminal conspiracy with a violent mob by ordering the police to give it "space to destroy." [...] Momma #2, Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby, raised without a father, promised the mob the revenge it wanted.  It is dreadful to hear a state's attorney circumvent the protections of a grand jury and fulminate about "No justice, no peace."  I will get you payback, said Momma #2, who in a matter of hours speed-dialed a list of charges to gratify the mob.

The Agenda Continues To Surface As The Case Implodes.  In our previous research outlines we have shown how State Attorney Marilyn Mosby manipulated her life story to gain election success and then specifically advanced her intention to seek justice for Freddie Gray "by any means necessary".  She and she alone created the determination for charges via 'direct action'.  No consultation with anyone except her inner circle, her husband and a closed staff of activist sycophants.

Just Who Was the Man in Freddie Gray's Van?  On Wednesday, April 29, Peter Hermann of the Washington Post published a well-sourced article, headlined, "Prisoner in van said Freddie Gray 'was intentionally trying to injure himself.'"  Hermann based this story on an affidavit contained in an application for a search warrant that had been sealed by the court.  According to the document, written by a Baltimore police investigator, the unnamed prisoner, a 38-year-old man accused of violating a protective order, could hear Gray from his side of the van.  The man heard "banging against the walls" of the vehicle and believed that Gray "was intentionally trying to injure himself."

Eyewitness Tiffany's Tall Tale of Police Brutality Broadcast by Fox News.  Nineteenth century Danish existentialist philosopher Søren Aabye Kierkegaard once said:  "There are two ways to be fooled.  One is to believe what isn't true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true."  Believing what isn't true and refusing to believe what is true seems to be what happened in Baltimore, Maryland when a confused eyewitness swore she saw a cop shoot an innocent young black man in the back, in what I like to call Michael Brown redux.

Are Baltimore charges about justice or crowd control?  When Baltimore's state attorney Marilyn Mosby announced charges last week against six officers in the death of Freddie Gray and proclaimed to the city that "I heard your call for 'no justice, no peace,'" it's possible that her decisions were based, at least in part, on the understandable goal of preventing further riots.  This goal is commendable, but the mean selected to achieve it — hearing the call of demonstrators — raises fundamental questions regarding the due process right of those charged with serious crimes.

Baltimore probe into black man's death fails to support charges: CNN.  The Baltimore police investigation into the death of a black man from injuries sustained in police custody fails to support some charges filed by the city prosecutor, CNN reported on Thursday [5/7/2015].

CVS to Rebuild Baltimore Locations Damaged During Protests.  CVS Health President and CEO Larry Merlo said Wednesday [5/6/2015] he can't say exactly when damaged stores will reopen, but CVS is working to reopen them as soon as possible.

Black Spring: The ACLU Joins the Lynch Mob.  Cooling down the churning cauldron of mob violence that Baltimore has become is not on the agenda of the ACLU which is now preparing to turn up the heat in cities across America.  Following the suspicious death in police custody of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man with a long rap sheet, angry mobs and radical agitators have turned Maryland's largest city into a Hobbesian jungle.  They were already angry at the endlessly sensationalized deaths in recent years of black males such as Trayvon Martin (Sanford, Fla.), Michael Brown (Ferguson, Mo.), Eric Garner (Staten Island, N.Y.), and Tamir Rice (Cleveland, Ohio) at the hands of non-blacks, but the seemingly senseless death of Gray last month pushed them over the edge.

300 Men March seeks to reclaim neighborhoods, one corner at a time.  The rioters had rocks and bricks.  The police, dressed in military gear, had guns.  The 300 Men March had black T-shirts.  As chaos broke out across Baltimore last week, dozens of men from the grass-roots group walked violent city streets, breaking up fights and inserting themselves between angry young men and the police.  "They did a fantastic job," said the Rev. Louis Wilson, pastor of New Song Community Church in Sandtown-Winchester.  "Any time you have a number of men stepping up, I think it has a significant impact."

Report: Only 16% of Baltimore Teens Raised With Married Parents.  [A] report, released Wednesday [5/6/2015] and compiled in light of the recent Baltimore riots, cites Census Bureau statistics showing that, in terms of family units, Baltimore is "one of the five least intact counties of America," along with Cuyahoga, Ohio; the Bronx, N.Y.; the District of Columbia; and Shelby County, Tenn.  The report cites studies indicating that children who grow up in intact, married families are least likely to experience poverty during their youth, because married families generally earn higher incomes than stepfamilies, cohabiting families, divorced families, separated families, and single-parent families.

Video Evidence Emerges Of Freddie Gray Running Into Building During Chase, Then Doubling Back Before Arrest.  Baltimore police have continually said their initial reasoning for suspecting Freddie Gray of suspicious activity was his immediate running from police when bicycle officers made eye contact.  However, no one has revealed he ran into a building.

Odds against Mosby in risky police charges.  What's the only thing worse than failing to bring charges against police officers who commit acts of police brutality?  The answer:  bringing charges but losing the case at trial.  If you don't believe me, Google "Rodney King." [...] And that's why there is cause for concern that Baltimore prosecutor Marilyn Mosby moved too quickly to bring criminal charges against six officers in connection with the death of Freddie Gray, who suffered fatal spinal injuries while in police custody.  The charges range from second-degree murder to involuntary manslaughter.  Any prosecutor will tell you that if you are going to bring criminal charges against a law enforcement officer, you had better have your ducks in a row because there is no tougher case to win before a jury.

Police charges in Freddie Gray case are incompetent at best.  Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby's "quick" and "decisive" action in charging six Baltimore police officers a mere two weeks after the death of Freddie Gray reflects either incompetence or an unethical recklessness.  Alan Dershowitz, the noted defense attorney, sharply criticized her for using her charging power as "crowd control."  John Banzahf, a George Washington University law professor, predicted the eventual dismissal of most if not all the charges.  The breadth of the charges, Ms. Mosby's overreaching, is all-too-obvious.

Baltimore prosecutor Mosby shockingly incompetent.  It is already clear that Marilyn Mosby, the state's attorney who is prosecuting the Baltimore Six, is not up to the responsibilities of her job.  The only questions are:  1. how deeply incompetent? and 2. what consequences will result from her bungling?  The second question is the more important one, for Mosby has set up her prosecution as a response to the "No justice, no peace" movement.  If and when she fails to secure a conviction through her ineptitude, then by the standard of the mob to which she is catering, more riots will be justifiable and therefore the likely result.  When she promised "justice for Freddie Gray" and omitted justice for the accused, she set expectations that it looks like she may not be able to fulfill.

Lynch: Decision on Baltimore PD probe coming soon.  Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Thursday [5/7/2015] she'll decide "in the coming days" whether the Justice Department will launch a civil rights investigation into the Baltimore Police Department.  "I intend to have a decision in the coming days," Lynch said in testimony before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee that oversees funding for her agency.

After video taking on Baltimore rioters, Army Sergeant receives threats.  The last thing that liberal protesters want is someone who challenges their "narrative."  U.S. Army Sgt. Marcus Rogers posted a video in which he questions the motives of the rioters in Maryland.  That video now has him the target of threats.

Officer charged in Gray death contends arrest was legal.  One of the Baltimore police officers who arrested Freddie Gray wants the police department and prosecutor to produce a knife that was the reason for the arrest, saying in court papers that it is an illegal weapon.

Former Deputy Baltimore State's Atty: Mosby's Police Charges 'Incompetent at Best'.  Appearing on CNN Wednesday morning [5/6/2015], former Baltimore Deputy State's Attorney Page Croyder blasted current State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby's charges against the six officers allegedly involved in Freddie Gray's mid-April death.  "Any prosecutor interested in the truth and in justice would have used all the tools at her disposal to find them.  Ms. Mosby ignored them," Croyder wrote in a Tuesday [5/5/2015] op-ed for the Baltimore Sun.  "She has one of the most experienced homicide prosecutors in the state of Maryland as chief of her homicide unit, but did not ask him to investigate.  She had the police report all of one day before filing charges, her mind already made up.  And she failed to make use of the grand jury to gather, probe and test the evidence before a group of average citizens."

Baltimore Reporter 'Steps Back' From Covering Riots Because She is in Gay Relationship With Prosecutor of Cops.  The persecution of the 6 Baltimore cops involved in the Freddie Gray arrest is falling apart and now a local "news" reporter has been forced to cease being part of the media coverage of the Baltimore riots because she is in a gay relationship with the prosecutor in charge of prosecuting the police officers.

WBAL's Jayne Miller says she will 'step back' from Freddie Gray coverage.  WBAL reporter Jayne Miller said in a radio interview Tuesday [5/5/2015] that she is going to "step back" from covering the Freddie Gray story now that it is headed to court.  Last Friday, the Fraternal Order of Police wrote a letter asking Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby to appoint a special prosecutor in the case involving six police officers involved in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray.  The FOP called for the change because of alleged conflicts of interest in Mosby's office.  One of the allegations centered on the "lead prosecutor's connections with members of the local media."  The lead prosecutor is Janice Bledsoe.  She is in a relationship with Miller, the veteran investigative reporter confirmed to the [Baltimore] Sun.

Baltimore mayor seeks DOJ probe of police, promises body cameras.  Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake asked the Justice Department on Wednesday [5/6/2015] to conduct a full-scale civil rights investigation into the pattern and practices of the Baltimore Police Department — a probe that would examine excessive force, discriminatory harassment, false arrests, and unlawful stops, searches or arrests.  "We all know that Baltimore continues to have a fractured relationship between the police and the community," Rawlings-Blake said.  "I'm willing to do what it takes to reform my department."

Baltimore mayor requests US investigation of city police.  The US Justice Department is mulling a federal probe into Baltimore's police department following riots in the city triggered by the death in custody of a black man, an official said Wednesday [5/6/2015].  A spokesperson for the Justice Department said new Attorney General Loretta Lynch was "actively considering" a civil rights probe into the city's police department following a request from Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

How Civilizations Collapse — Is U.S. Next?  In the tragic Freddie Gray case, Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby all but assured an angry crowd that she had provided them indictments for murder and manslaughter and thereby expected calm in the streets in return.  She indicted six Baltimore policemen on charges that are likely to be reduced or disproved in court, but those charges served the short-term purpose of defusing unchecked rioting and looting.  Warping the law was thought to be more effective in easing tensions than enforcing it.  Increasingly in the United States, the degree to which a law is enforced — or whether a person is indicted — depends on political considerations.

Baltimore and our new civil-rights struggle.  Baltimore's corruption and incompetence-plagued Police Department appear to have denied [Freddie] Gray the presumption of innocence and due process.  Now under the spotlight, a once-vibrant and safe Baltimore has become a synonym for mismanagement, catastrophic institutional failure and societal collapse, like much of big-city America.  Neither afforded due process or their just due, many residents languish in cesspools of poverty and despair despite per-pupil educational expenditures and a social safety net that far exceed national averages.

Justice Department Weighing Federal Civil Rights Probe of Entire Baltimore Police Department.  The Justice Department — which has already opened a federal civil rights probe into the death of Baltimore native Freddie Gray — is weighing whether to launch a separate civil rights probe into the Baltimore Police Department more broadly, as it did with the Ferguson, Missouri, Police Department after the killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown last year.  Earlier Wednesday [5/6/2015], Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake urged the department's Civil Rights Division to formally look into whether the Baltimore Police Department engages in a "pattern or practice" of discriminatory policing.

Democrat: My party didn't cause the problems in Baltimore.  Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) on Wednesday [5/6/2015] rejected the idea that Democratic political leaders were responsible for problems in Baltimore. [...] Some conservatives have suggested that Baltimore, where riots broke out last week over police mistreatment of minorities, is the result of failed liberal policies.  Baltimore last had a Republican mayor in 1967.

Sources: Baltimore police investigation doesn't support some of prosecution's charges.  The Baltimore police investigation into the death of Freddie Gray doesn't support some of the charges, including the most serious, filed by the Baltimore City State's Attorney, potentially allowing lawyers representing the police officers the opportunity to undercut the prosecution, according to officials briefed on the separate probes conducted by the State's Attorney and police.

Beware Baltimore's 'No Justice, No Peace' Prosecutor.  At best, it is amateur hour.  At worst, the rash decision by Marilyn Mosby, the Maryland state's attorney for Baltimore City, to bring an array of internally inconsistent charges, including murder, against a half dozen police officers in connection with the death of Freddie Gray is a frightening display of state complicity in mob justice.

Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby Botched the Charges of 2 of the Officers.  State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby's prosecution against the six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray is getting off to a shaky start.  One of the main pillars of her case is that the officers made an illegal arrest because Gray was not carrying an illegal knife.  But the police task force determined that the knife does violate a Baltimore code.  Mosby also badly botched her announcement of the charges in the case at her press conference Friday afternoon [5/1/2015].  Of the six Baltimore PD officers who were charged, "two of them were charged under the wrong names, the wrong dates of birth, and wrong address," Sheriff Mike Lewis alleged on Hannity Monday night [5/4/2015].

Stunning Evidence of Marilyn Mosby's "Egregious Rush to Judgment" In Her Direct Action Charges.  [Marilyn Mosby's] case against the two arresting officers rests upon an "illegal" arrest.  She says the knife that Freddie Gray was carrying was legal.  But the police task force examined it and said the officers were indeed correct, the knife was spring-assisted and therefore prohibited.  It's Mosby who made the "illegal" arrest, and could be charged under her own theory of "false imprisonment."  And sued to boot, since she forfeited her immunity from civil action by doing the charging herself.

Did Baltimore's Prosecutor See Freddie Gray's 'Legal' Knife?  Has Marilyn Mosby seen Freddie Gray's knife?  Mosby, the Baltimore state's attorney, charged three police officers with unlawfully arresting Gray for possession of a "knife commonly known as a switchblade."  "The knife was not a switchblade and is lawful under Maryland law," Mosby said Friday [5/1/2015] as she presented a statement of charges against six police officers to a restless city.

Wrong people charged in Freddie Gray death.  If you really want to understand Baltimore, you need to watch the television series The Wire.  Failing that you should watch David Simon's previous Baltimore-centric series, Homicide: Life on the Streets.  In both you will encounter corruption, incompetence, and ineptness that will make you scream.  Keep in mind, virtually everything you see on those shows comes from the actual experience of Baltimore police officers who were technical advisers. [...] The sad truth is that the real Baltimore is even more incompetent and corrupt than the fictional Baltimore.

The Big Winners of The Baltimore Riots.  Riots work.  The Baltimore riots achieved a number of goals for the political left, which is why the left defended the riots as a quasi-legitimate outgrowth of fully justified anti-police, anti-white feeling — in a majority black city with a majority black police force and a majority black city council, in a country with a black president and a black attorney general.

Obama's Justice Department turned down cop training for Baltimore.  The Obama Justice Department turned down a request five years ago to help the Baltimore Police Department save a training program widely credited for improving the department's relations with the city's crime-ridden and minority neighborhoods and reducing homicides and police-involved shootings.  The department was seeking $200,000 in federal funding to help extend the Diamond Standard training program.  It was discontinued in 2012 when Justice declined to act on the request and the city's new administration decided it no longer could afford it, according to interviews.

Loretta Lynch, Justice Department officials go to Baltimore.  Attorney General Loretta Lynch will travel to Baltimore on Tuesday for meetings with city officials, members of Congress, law enforcement officials, as well as faith and community leaders, a Justice Department official told CNN.

It Begins — The Knife Baltimore Prosecutor Mosby Said Wasn't Illegal, is Actually, "illegal".  Watch how quickly this case begins to collapse as the 'real evidence' begins to come to the surface.

Baltimore Rioters to Job Creators: Drop Dead.  Amid the recent rioting in Baltimore, apologists for the looters have attempted to justify the rampaging for it supposedly being economic in nature.  To believe the defenders of the indefensible, those bent on the destruction of an already sagging city are ripping it apart due to a lack of opportunity.  Perpetually stuck in poverty, the rioters are allegedly expressing their frustration about conditions they cannot escape.  Sorry, but that's just not going to cut it.

20.7% of Jobs in Baltimore Are Government Jobs.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 20.7 percent of the nonfarm jobs in the City of Baltimore in March were government jobs.  Nationally, 15.5 percent of all jobs are government jobs.

Obama on Baltimore: 'No Dispute' Men of Color Disproportionately Targeted by Police.  Today [5/4/2015], Barack Obama re-launched his My Brother's Keeper initiative as a non-profit foundation, which addresses the opportunity gap for young men of color, and he was acutely aware that the timing could not have been better.  In a speech, Obama said he planned on focusing on the initiative, "long after" he departs as president, and argued that the lack of opportunity for young men — particularly ones without fathers, such as himself — was a root cause of the mass protests throughout the country.

Obama blasts media coverage of Baltimore riots.  President Obama on Monday took a shot at the media for its coverage of last week's violence in Baltimore, saying news outlets too often focus only on looters and rioters rather than on those who are trying to solve the complex problems plaguing America's cities.  In a speech at Lehman College in New York City, the president said lack of economic opportunity for young people of color in inner cities helped fuel the protests that have been seen in Baltimore, Ferguson, Missouri, and elsewhere across the country in recent months.

'Racist' Drug Laws [are the] Latest Lame Excuse For Baltimore Riotings.  A new theory is gaining popularity among racial reactionaries:  "Racist" drug laws are herding young black men behind bars and triggering riots.  But drug laws aren't racist.  Nor are they driving black incarceration rates.

Are Marilyn & Nick Mosby The New Clintons?  I read Ben Stein's weekend column on last week's Baltimore riots.  He was not kind to prosecutor Marilyn Mosby writing that she "should not be allowed to be a law clerk, let alone a state's attorney/prosecutor."  What Ben doesn't mention is that Mosby's husband Nick is a Baltimore city councillor who was interviewed by FNC's Leland Vittert at last week's riots.  While Mosby condemned the violence, he did not hesitate to rationalize it.

Why Baltimore's Bonfire Could Become Hillary's Headache.  In the days since Lyndon Johnson's Great Society, Baltimore has gone from our seventh largest city to 23rd, Detroit has filed for bankruptcy, and Cleveland is a shadow of its old self.  Sure, the Cavaliers have LeBron and are in the hunt for an NBA title, but Cleveland's population has shrunk to under 400,000 — the voters are now in the suburbs.  As for Chicago, it has carved out a niche for gangs and gun violence, and Blue America is the hands-down home to our most segregated cities.  Obama's trite trope of there being no red or blue America is dead.  Sure, it made for a great aspirational rallying cry, and it helped him win the presidency.  But the reality is that the Brazilification of America has arrived.

Anarchy Rules in Democrat Enclave of Baltimore, And So Goes the U.S..  The young woman in the video [embedded in this article] is one of the many failures of the socialized public educational system and, as a result, she is one of the many being led into anarchy in our country by the well-educated leaders trained by dangerous anti-American groups funded by George Soros.  Sadly, our president is encouraging and promoting this mobocracy.  His minion, Al Sharpton is marching to DC to demand the federalization of police.  It's no joke.  Our Imperial President will do it and there will be no pushback from the deneutered Republicans.

Marilyn Mosby vs The Baltimore Six — The Lies, The Agenda, The Case For Recusal.  Our research begins by highlighting the campaign of Marilyn Mosby as she announced her intentions to run for State Attorney in June of 2013.  Understanding her initial reasoning to run for office, and understanding how she was willing to lie about the substance, is critical to understanding the agenda she is willing to advocate today.  In the 2013 video below Candidate Marilyn Mosby announces her intention.  To kick off her campaign, and explain who she is to the community, Mosby chooses to tell a personal story of how her cousin, Diron Spence, was killed in Boston.  Listen closely to the story in her own words.  [Video clip]

'Lord of the Flies' comes to Baltimore.  We hear about the absence of black men from families, but what happens when they disappear from an entire community?  West Baltimore delivered the answer to that question this week.  It's no accident that one of the most enduring images from the riot was a young mother spanking her son as she dragged him away from the protests.  Where were the men in his life?  As I walked through my old streets, it was filled with nothing but black young women, children and teenage boys.  It was as if an alien spaceship had come in the night and spirited all the older black men away.

Baltimore: Where the Progressives Get It All Wrong.  [D]espite all the hand-wringing by liberals that the problems in the inner city black community come from the evil police, or lack of jobs, or poor schools, or lack of 'activities' for youth — or that time-worn canard, the "legacy of slavery" — I believe the source for that community's dysfunction stem from the lack of marriage between the parents of these kids. [...] No amount of money thrown at the inner city, or youth programs, or education will bring the social pathology evidenced in Baltimore to a halt.  It must come from within the community itself, and it needs to start by fathers and mothers marrying and raising their offspring together.

Mom smacks, drags son from Baltimore violence.  One Baltimore mom took matters into her own hands Monday, furiously grabbing her would-be rioter son by the scruff of his neck and dragging him away from the violence.  The jaw-dropping encounter captured by WMAR-TV showed a teen boy clad from head to toe in black, including a scarf over his face, and ready to rumble — until Mom stepped in.  He had just thrown rocks, WMAR reported, when his mother jumped into action.  She grabbed him in the back of his head and smacked the rock thrower several times in the face with her open right palm.

Mom filmed berating her son at Baltimore riots didn't 'want him to be a Freddie Gray'.  A woman seen berating and hitting a black-clad teenager, later confirmed to be her son, has been hailed as "mom of the year" after her intervention on the streets of Baltimore was caught on video.  As violence flared up across the city on Monday [4/27/2015], the woman, who was identified as Toya Graham on Tuesday afternoon, was filmed telling her child to "take that f--- mask off."  Graham spoke to CBS News about the video, which initially went viral with little context.  In the interview, the single mother of six tells the network that she intervened out of concern for her 16-year-old son's safety.

The Editor says...
Three cheers for Mom, but if Junior had a father, he wouldn't have been anywhere near the riot.

Ben Carson Pleads With People Of Baltimore: 'Please Take Control Of Your Children'.  Ben Carson, the former Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon who is expected to run for president in 2016, issued a statement Tuesday [4/28/2015] condemning the violence and riots in Baltimore.  "I urge parents, grandparents and guardians to please take control of your children and do not allow them to be exposed to the dangers of uncontrolled agitators on the streets," Carson said in a statement to the media.

Raider Mosby.  First, Marilyn Mosby should not be allowed to be a law clerk, let alone a state's attorney/prosecutor. To prosecute police officers EXPLICITLY to please a mob ("I have heard your cries about 'no justice, no peace'...") is exactly the opposite of what a prosecutor should do.  That is, to prosecute only when the facts and law demand it.  To press charges because a gang of thugs loots liquor stores and promises to loot more liquor stores if charges are not pressed is exactly lynch mob justice.  It has nothing to do with the sacred rule of "innocent until proven guilty."

Americans Know What Baltimore Riots Were Really About.  While political elites, pundits and local politicians debate what the Baltimore riots were really about, Americans themselves have already decided:  Rioters and looters were mostly criminals taking advantage of a tumultuous situation.  A new Rasmussen Reports survey of 800 found a whopping 63% of adults have decided that the destruction was primarily criminal.  Only 25% saw the city's mob violence, looting and arson after the funeral of Freddie Gray as "legitimate outrage," whatever that is.

Racism Is at the Root of Baltimore's Riots.  White racism, like disco or barbershop quartets, faded from popularity a while back.  The KKK last flourished a century ago by which time it had branched out to ranting about Catholics and Jews.  Even then its power was slight and its views less mainstream compared to that of black racists today.  In 1925, at the peak of its power, the KKK managed to bring 40,000 members to a march in Washington D.C.  The Nation of Islam, which believes that white people are an inferior race created by a mad scientist to taint black blood, was able to bring 400,000 marchers to the city with its Million Man March.  Participants included black leaders like Jesse Jackson, MLK III, Rosa Parks and Barack Obama.

Marilyn Mosby: hypocrite, grandstander, ideologue.  Alan Dershowitz, the famous defense lawyer, has called the case against the six Baltimore officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray "a show trial."  The actions of prosecutor Marilyn Mosby "had nothing to do with justice," but instead amounted to "crowd control," Dershowitz said in remarks reported by the Daily Caller.

Decoding the Rules of Baltimore.  No one knows what exactly happened to the deceased Freddie Gray, except that it should not have happened.  Between what is outlined in the indictments and what will be proven in court is an unknown abyss.  But the more dramatic the short-term exuberance over the sweeping indictments, the more likely the long-term fury when the charges are likely to be substantially reduced or unproven in court.

Rep. Donna Edwards: 'I Would Say There's An Over-Policing Going On'.  Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) says Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake "recognized there were some issues" with the Baltimore Police Department "long before" Freddie Gray died of injuries he apparently suffered while in police custody.  The mayor has now asked the Justice Department to examine policing practices in Baltimore, but Edwards indicated that she already understands the problem:  "I would say there's an over-policing going on," she told "Fox News Sunday [5/3/2015]."

Free the Baltimore Six.  If anyone doubted before Friday that the postmodern lynch mob era is in full swing, Baltimore state's attorney, Marilyn Mosby, put those doubts to rest.  "To the youth of the city," said Mosby, "I will seek justice on your behalf.  This is a moment.  This is your moment.  Let's insure we have peaceful and productive rallies that will develop structural and systemic changes for generations to come.  You're at the forefront of this cause and as young people, our time is now." [...] In reality, the "youth of the city" just burned much of it down; focused their wrath on non-blacks, especially the Asian shopkeepers in their midst; and injured some 100 Baltimore cops in the process, as well as many civilians.

Blacks pretend to be the victims of the trouble they have stirred up.
Malveaux: Baltimore Mayor Curfew 'Like a Plantation'.  Sunday [5/3/2015] on CBS's "Face the Nation," economist and political commentator Julianne Malveaux said the curfew that the Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake put in place "seemed like a plantation at some level that the overseers are deciding you can't go outside."

Hate Network: Five Times CNN Whipped Up Violence In Baltimore.  As was the case with the Trayvon Martin and Mike Brown stories, in Baltimore last week, CNN distinguished itself as a Hate Network more than any other.  Like most of the media, in order to keep the Jim Crow of The Welfare State in place, CNN treated the proven-failed leaders of Baltimore like they were heroes who will save the city.  The left-wing Hate Network also went further in using their network to whip up more violence in Baltimore, especially against the police.  Baltimore was just more proof that Jeff Zucker has turned CNN into a 24/7 left-wing reality-show that is always looking for a villain, someone to demonize as a way to whip up the mob. And the demonized are almost always Christians, conservatives, police officers — anyone on the Right.

Baltimore Curfew Lifted After 200 Businesses Destroyed In Riots.  Members of three Baltimore street gangs came together in unity during Monday's riots to protect businesses — or at least some of them.  Gang members from the Crips, Bloods and Black Guerrilla Family stood guard and protected black-owned businesses from looters and protestors in Baltimore during the riots.  The gang members directed the looters instead to other businesses mostly owned by Asians and Arabs, The New York Times reported.

The Baltimore Plan — The Big Part of The Bigger Picture: Win By Losing.  Black Lives Matter activist and State Attorney Marilyn Mosby has no intention of gaining victory in her charges against the Baltimore Six defendants, she doesn't need to.  Indeed, I would argue the handlers within the larger BGI network don't factually want her to succeed.  Every outside pundit, legal analyst and observer will note, if they have not already, the construct of her spoken, but not revealed, probable cause affidavit is fraught with flaws.  Some call it overcharging, some call it a stretch, others call it a tough case to prosecute.  However, what it really amounts to is an unwinnable trial.

Marilyn Mosby just bought herself some trouble over Freddie Gray.  After she leveled very serious charges against six police officers related to the death of Freddie Gray, Mosby was immediately being hailed as a hero by the usual sources on the left.  But now that I've had some time to go over the charges and what's been revealed of the case thus far, it seems very likely that Ms. Mosby, barely three months into her first elected office, has grabbed a tiger by the tail.

Long Hot Summer Coming.  What we know so far:
  •   Valerie Jarrett is the coordinator of "demonstrations" in cities nationwide.  She is "on the phone" with mayors, radicals and activists.  NYC is the next big one and has already started.
  •   Every incident of a black person getting shot by police or roughed up resisting arrest is being examined by a Democrat team to see how useful it could be.  Media allies will be told which to go after and what messaged to include.
  •   They will occur in Democrat-run cities and the police will be hamstrung (stand down, fall back, don't look aggressive, etc....) to maximize vivid scenes of violence and destruction and make authorities look powerless.
  •   This is an IW [information warfare] campaign that will go on all summer and escalate in cities around the country.  The overarching memes will be economic injustice, judicial prejudice, income inequality, white racism and police brutality.  They are throwing the police and firefighter unions under the bus on this.
  •   The goal?  Set up another Dem messianic candidate and blame Republicans for the violence.  Party before country for Democrats, always.

Why couldn't $130 million transform one of Baltimore's poorest places?  Along the street where Freddie Gray was arrested, abandoned houses are gashed with gaping holes.  The roof on an old red-brick building is collapsed.  A storm drain is clogged with concrete.  Sandtown-Winchester is crumbling, and there is little to suggest that two decades ago visionary developer James Rouse and city officials injected more than $130 million into the community in a failed effort to transform it.  Instead there are block after block of boarded-up houses and too many people with little hope.

Dear Baltimore Family and Friends:  Y'all Bein' Played!  Democrats and the media sold Obama as America's Great Black Hope.  They protected him by hiding Obama's anti-American friends and writings.  I learned that Obama is another standard "liberal" Democrat con artist, only more extreme; sure to continue the Democrats screwing of black folks.  For those unfamiliar with political terms, in a nutshell, "liberals" are those who believe that man can perfect himself and is capable of controlling everything.  Ninety-nine percent of the time, liberals reject God's laws and question His existence.  "Conservatives" tend to be God fearing (reverencing) folks. I'm a conservative Republican.  Liberal Democrats have played blacks for over 50 years.  Obama is simply their latest front man, brilliantly covered in a black skin disguise.

The Great American Traveling Riot Circus.  In the United States for the past few years the traveling inner city riots seem to be playing the same role with their own stock characters.  There are the young men who died in the course of criminal acts, portrayed at first by the media as innocent children who later turn out to have extensive rap sheets; the cops brought to the scene for gladiatorial type contests with stone throwing mobs; the press chasing, and sometimes by their presence and words, encouraging the staged battles; and an army of pundits seeing in the chaos whatever visions they project onto it.  In the rear of the tent organizing the events are leftwing agitators, Black Muslims, and anarchists who show up with preprinted T-shirts and placards and plaintiffs' counsels and race baiters stirring the pot for their share of whatever settlements they can get for representing the aggrieved family (who generally seem not to have paid much attention to the deceased when he lived).  The referees are local officials too often swayed by the mob's call for blood.

NY Times Blamed Reagan/Bush for LA Riots, But No Blame in Baltimore.  Is President Obama responsible for the Baltimore riots?  If you take a look at how The New York Times portrayed the reaction to the Los Angeles riots of 1992, apparently so. [...] Today, as the events in Baltimore unfold — now with formal charges including murder brought against six Baltimore cops — there is one striking aspect that is not present as it was in Los Angeles.  That would be blaming the President of the United States.  Yes, that's right.  As Los Angeles burned, the media was quick to finger the real culprit as then-incumbent Republican President George H.W. Bush.  Not to mention his predecessor, Ronald Reagan — then four years gone from the White House.

Obama shrinking from responsibility.  Times like these are why Barack Obama became president. [...] But those gauzy days of swelling crowds and swooning students now appear to be a passing derangement.  Even reasonable optimism has been shattered like so many storefront windows in Baltimore, Ferguson and other hope-forsaken places.

Alan Dershowitz Rips Charges Against Baltimore Cops: 'Sad Day for Justice'.  Alan Dershowitz really went after Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby today [5/1/2015] for charging the six cops involved in the death of Freddie Gray, saying it was entirely based on politics and "crowd control."  Dershowitz lamented that "this is a very sad day for justice" and told Steve Malzberg that Mosby acted out of a "desire to prevent riots."  It will be "virtually impossible," he predicted, for the six officers involved to get a fair trial.  And as for murder charges, Dershowitz said there's "no plausible, hypothetical, conceivable case for murder" and "this is a show trial."  He predicted that Mosby might get removed as prosecutor and Baltimore citizens may get upset if and/or when they "move to a place with a different demographic."

Sheriff Clarke on Charges Against Baltimore Cops: 'I Think It's Very Political'.  Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr. talked to Stuart Varney this morning on Fox Business Network after criminal charges were announced against six Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Gray.  State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby said this morning [5/1/2015] that the medical examiner ruled Gray's death a homicide.  The charges against the six officers ranged from second-degree murder, to involuntary manslaughter to assault.

Who is Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby?  With a vigor seldom seen from officials handling the aftermath of [Freddie] Gray's death, [Marilyn J.] Mosby's 16-minute statement suddenly made her a star on television and social media, a champion to those who have demanded justice for Gray and a source of outrage to police, who questioned the swiftness of her decision and her motives for bypassing a grand jury.

Baltimore: Who Is To Blame?  I've seen the liberal, lying media pondering how we could allow the riots, looting, burning and lawlessness to happen, as if it is our collective fault.  Obama stands before his teleprompter and pontificates about the need for us to end the poverty that supposedly led to Purge Night in Charm City.  That term cracks me up.  The city has so much charm, its football team once snuck out of town overnight and headed to Indianapolis.  It has so much charm its baseball team was forced to play a game with no fans in the stands.

Of Course Democrats Deserve the Blame for Baltimore.  If a person happens to point out that Baltimore's criminally inept government has been run exclusively by Democrats since 1967 (with one Republican mayor since 1947) and features not a single city councilor who isn't a liberal, he may be called a lazy apparatchik.  Because not everything, you see, is reducible to mere party politics.  Now, if an economic renaissance sparked by the progressive policies of Stephanie Rawlings-Blake had lifted Baltimore from poverty, I imagine Democrats would be eager to claim credit for the accomplishment.

The Left's Burning Cities.  Are the riots caused by the Baltimore Police Department's "documented history" of abuse?  Which party has run Baltimore and allowed its police officers to allegedly run amok? Going deeper, which American political movement lionizes public-employee unions, fiercely protecting them from even the most basic reform?  Public-employee unions render employee discipline difficult and often impossible.  Jobs are functionally guaranteed for life, and rogue officers can count on the best representation money can buy — courtesy of Blue America.

Riot-Plagued Baltimore Is a Catastrophe Entirely of the Democratic Party's Own Making.  St. Louis has not had a Republican mayor since the 1940s, and in its most recent elections for the board of aldermen there was no Republican in the majority of the contests; the city is overwhelmingly Democratic, effectively a single-party political monopoly from its schools to its police department.  Baltimore has seen two Republicans sit in the mayor's office since the 1920s — and none since the 1960s.  Like St. Louis, it is effectively a single-party political monopoly from its schools to its police department.  Philadelphia has not elected a Republican mayor since 1948.  The last Republican to be elected mayor of Detroit was congratulated on his victory by President Eisenhower.  Atlanta, a city so corrupt that its public schools are organized as a criminal conspiracy against its children, last had a Republican mayor in the 19th century.  Its municipal elections are officially nonpartisan, but the last Republican to run in Atlanta's 13th congressional district did not manage to secure even 30 percent of the vote; Atlanta is effectively a single-party political monopoly from its schools to its police department.

Baltimore Violence [is] the Fruit of Collectivism.  Granted, the violent faction achieved their presumed goal by garnering plenty of attention, but they created far more enemies than friends with their escapades.  In letting off steam in such a manner, they reinforced negative stereotypes, marred a legitimate protest, made people fear them, and necessitated a police crackdown, including 35 arrests.  Worst of all, they themselves acted on and perpetuated the conceptual root of racism:  collectivism.  Collectivism, both in its political and philosophical manifestations, places the importance of groups (collectives) above the rights of each individual.  Stemming from the fallacy that groups act, rather than individuals, collectivism also assigns responsibility to one's "people" — whatever group that may be — and fosters prejudices and division.

Savages With Cell Phones.  Race riots usually begin with criminality and end with criminality.  They're protests by criminals on behalf of a dead criminal.  The stores with smashed windows aren't the means to express outrage, but the end.  The purpose of criminality is criminality.  The police exist so that stores can remain unrobbed and random pedestrians can remain unbeaten.  The protests express opposition to that policy by robbing stores and assaulting random white people.  The police were never the problem.  The looters and rioters were.

Sounds like a lynching to me.
Freddie Gray's Mother's First Comments After Officers Were Charged: "We Got All Six Of Them.  Gloria Darden, the mother of Freddie Gray, told BuzzFeed News, "I feel good because we got all six of them" shortly after the Baltimore state's attorney announced charges against the six police officers implicated in his death on Friday [5/1/2015].

Baltimore police union slams 'egregious rush to judgement'.  A lawyer retained by Baltimore's police union to represent six officers accused of wrongdoing in the death of a young black suspect on Friday [5/1/2015] denounced "an egregious rush to judgement."  "We believe that these officers will be vindicated as they have done nothing wrong," said Michael Davey, a lawyer working for the city's Fraternal Order of Police.

Thoughts on the criminal charges in the Freddie Gray case.  First, in the accounts I have have read, the race of the six officers charged [...] is not disclosed.  Their race is, of course, immaterial to their guilt or innocence.  However, it is relevant to any attempt to argue that the treatment of Freddie Gray was racially motivated.  I'm guessing that some of the six officers are Black and that if all of them were White, this would have been reported.  Second, as John notes, the Fraternal Order of Police has expressed concern that the Baltimore State's Attorney, Marilyn Mosby, is married to Baltimore City Council member Nick Mosby.  As I understand it, Nick Mosby represents a portion of West Baltimore where many African-Americans protested the treatment of Freddie Gray.

Marilyn Mosby Called For Special Prosecutor In Michael Brown Case But Refuses Calls For Recusal.  Marilyn Mosby, the Maryland state attorney for Baltimore who on Friday [5/1/2015] announced charges against six city police officers for the death of Freddie Gray, said last year that a St. Louis County grand jury's decision not to indict Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown "breaks [her] heart" and that a special prosecutor should have been appointed to handle the case.  The revelation comes as Mosby is being asked to recuse herself and appoint a special prosecutor to handle the case against six Baltimore police officers now charged with a range of crimes in the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray.

Rush to judgment validates rioters, smears all cops.  Many saw yesterday's scathing condemnation of the role Baltimore cops played in Freddie Gray's death as a landmark moment in making law enforcement personnel toe the line.  But that's a sanitized view of what took place as Marilyn Mosby, 35, the Baltimore state's attorney, announced she was charging all six officers involved in Gray's arrest with criminal behavior.  Incidentally, if she had called them thugs, would she have been excoriated, too? Please. What's wrong with calling a thug a thug?

Mosby shocks Freddie Gray's family, others with speed of charges.  The speed with which Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby brought charges against six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray surprised many — including Gray's family.  Within hours of receiving a medical examiner's determination that Gray's death was a homicide, Mosby was seeking arrest warrants for the officers involved in Gray's arrest and ride to the Western District police station April 12.

Krauthammer's Take: Speed of Baltimore Charges 'Looks Like Appeasement of the Mob'.  Some people are questioning the alacrity with which Baltimore prosecutor Marilyn Mosby brought charges against the officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray.  The problem in evaluating, says Charles Krauthammer, is that we know nothing.  "We don't know if she has the evidence because the report has been given to her confidentially," Krauthammer said on Friday's [5/1/2015] Special Report.  "So we don't know what happened inside the van.  We don't know what she was told happened inside the van. ... We will know when the evidence is out, we will know at trial, we will know looking back, if this is warranted."

Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby Is Presenting A Potemkin Village To A Racial Audience.  There's a big legal leap being made by Marilyn Mosby all the way to intentional killing.  Charging the driver of the transport van with murder is a considerable leap based on currently available information.

A prosecutor's rush to judgment in Baltimore.  No one could accuse Baltimore state's attorney Marilyn Mosby of dragging her feet on the decision to file charges over the death of Freddie Gray, who suffered a fatal spinal injury in police custody on April 12.  Mosby got the report from an internal police department investigation on Thursday and the results of an autopsy on Friday morning.  Within hours, she was standing on the courthouse steps, announcing charges against six police officers.  Four of the officers are charged with homicide counts, ranging from involuntary manslaughter to second-degree murder.

Baltimore Prosecutor, Marilyn Mosby, Manipulating The Media.  [Scroll down]  Thanks to some additional research, digging and luckily with some anonymous Baltimore police talking on camera last night, we were able to connect the dots.  Donta Allen was not the passenger in the transport van as outlined by the Washington Post.  Actually, Donta Allen was never in the van WITH Freddie Gray at all.  Despite Donta claiming on CNN with Don Lemon that he arrived in the Baltimore Booking Station "while overhearing police talking about Freddie Gray not breathing", there's absolutely no indication he was ever there on 4/12/15.  Nor is there an arrest record, or a booking record, for him on that date.

FOP calls on prosecutor to recuse herself, defends officers.  A Fraternal Order of Police lodge is asking Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby to appoint a special prosecutor to the Freddie Gray investigation because of her personal connection to the Gray family's attorney, William H. "Billy" Murphy Jr., and her marriage to a city councilman.  The letter from Gene Ryan, president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3, also states that none of the six officers involved in Gray's arrest and death were responsible for the 25-year-old West Baltimore man's death that spurred protests and unrest, including rioting and looting on Monday [4/27/2015].  The letter was released just minutes before Mosby announced charges against the officers.

Freddie Gray's Death Ruled a Homicide.  The death of Freddie Gray has been ruled by the medical examiner's office a homicide caused by severe trauma.  State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby, the chief prosecutor for Baltimore, announced this morning [5/1/2015] that her office has also found probable cause to pursue criminal charges in connection to the case.

Baltimore riots raged because police were not given body armor and batons to stop the mobs.  Police officers dodging rocks, bottles and bricks on the frontline of the Baltimore riots were 'sitting ducks' because complacent city chiefs failed to give them proper protective equipment, Daily Mail Online can reveal.  Rank and file officers are 'absolutely furious' that Police Commissioner Anthony Batts and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake deployed them against rampaging mobs with nothing but standard-issue uniforms and helmets.

Dem lawmaker: Unrest comes from 'affluent' trying to keep control.  Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) said Thursday [4/30/2015] that the riots and blight in West Baltimore are a result of "the affluent" using the justice system to keep "control" over the poor and working classes.  "Excessive police force and staggering unemployment work together because what we've done in the United States is that we've said that the affluent part of our society is going to demand more tax breaks, more wealth, more privilege, leaving less for the less fortunate," he said during an interview on CNN's "New Day."

Baltimore prosecutor's swift action, link to victim's lawyer raise questions.  The Maryland prosecutor who brought charges Friday [5/1/2015] against six Baltimore police officers within hours of receiving a medical examiner's report on the death of Freddie Gray is facing accusations that her swift action was over zealous and perhaps politically motivated.  The Baltimore police union leader, Gene Ryan, made the most clear-cut accusations, after he raised concerns about Marilyn Mosby being married to City Councilman Nick Mosby.

Black Thugs Hammer Black Citizens.  Dear Black Thugs: [...] From Ferguson to Baltimore, the whole world is watching as you run wild.  Thanks to you, plate-glass store windows shatter into shards.  You pry ATMs from walls to drain them of cash.  One of you joy-rode a car through flaming debris along a smoldering street.  You set homes, workplaces, and shops ablaze.  You burned a 60-bed nursing home for seniors, still under construction, and literally knifed Baltimore firefighters' water hoses as they tried to douse this inferno.  And you enjoyed a 100-percent-off shopping spree — [regardless of] the consequences.  How does ripping off a bottle of whiskey from a smoldering liquor store help us overcome?

Why Marilyn Mosby may not be able to convict police on murder charges in Freddie Gray's death.  [Scroll down]  Don't get me wrong, if your loved one inadvertently dies because the police failed to buckle him in the transport van and failed to render aid, your loss is as huge as if it had been an intentional act.  But those details matter when criminal charges are filed.  Every criminal charge is made up of elements that must be proven.  Murder requires a criminal state of mind — whether it be premeditation, ill will, hatred, spite; it's what differentiates murder from manslaughter.

Baltimore State Attorney In Charge Of Prosecuting Looters Is Married To The Councilman Who Facilitated The Looting.  Recent media stories within Baltimore are highlighting that many of the looter/rioters are being released without charges.  The Head Baltimore Prosecutor in charge of making those decisions is Marilyn Mosby.  Marilyn Mosby is Baltimore City's newly elected State's Attorney.  She is the youngest chief prosecutor of any major city in America.

About 80 people arrested in Baltimore turmoil freed after time runs out.  About 80 people who were arrested during protests and rioting that have roiled the city of Baltimore were released late Wednesday [4/29/205] after spending two days in jail without ever being formally charged, and in many cases without ever being told why they had been taken into custody.

Half those arrested in riot released without charges.  After arresting more than 200 people this week while bringing order to the streets of Baltimore, police said Wednesday [4/30/2015] they had to let half of them go.

Baltimore Received $1.8 Billion from Obama's Stimulus Law.  The city of Baltimore received over $1.8 billion from President Barack Obama's stimulus law, including $467.1 million to invest in education and $26.5 million for crime prevention.  President Obama claimed last Tuesday that if the Republican-controlled Congress would implement his policies to make "massive investments in urban communities," they could "make a difference right now" in the city, currently in upheaval following the death of Freddie Gray.  However, a Washington Free Beacon analysis found that the Obama administration and Democratically-controlled Congress did make a "massive" investment into Baltimore, appropriating $1,831,768,487 though the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), commonly known as the stimulus.

Pa. Station Suspends DJ After He Posts Freddie Gray's Arrest Record.  A radio station has suspended a disc jockey over his online posting about the arrest record of a Baltimore man whose fatal injury in police custody led to rioting.  Officials at FM station WAMO 100, which bills itself as Pittsburgh's No. 1 choice for urban music, said Wednesday [4/30/2015] the posting by Mike Jax was "too controversial" and partly inaccurate.  They also said listeners had complained and threatened to harm Jax, whose real name is Mike Jackson.

Sheriff: 'I Was Sick To My Stomach' After Being Told To Stand Down.  A Maryland sheriff who traveled to Baltimore to help law enforcement stop Monday's riots told 105.7 The Fan that he was stunned when officers alerted him of the orders to stand down.  Michael Lewis is the Sheriff in Wicomico County, and was also a Sergeant with the Maryland State Police.  He joined Ed Norris and Steve Davis on Thursday [4/30/2015] to talk about the alleged controversial orders the police were given during the riots.

It's not the rioters but the cops politicians want off the streets.  The pattern for racial unrest is etched blood red in Baltimore, Ferguson, New York — and in other cities to come.  The pattern is patently visible to any with their eyes open to see.  It's no longer just buildings being set ablaze.  In Baltimore rioters doused pizza store owner Essam el Ghannam with lighter fluid and tried to set him on fire, Monday night.

Sharpton, Rawlings-Blake lead summit in Baltimore.  "There is a young man that has lost his life and we want to know why and we want to know what," Sharpton said.  Among those joining Thursday's [4/30/2015] meeting were NAACP President Cornell William Brooks and National Urban League President Marc Morial.  The meeting was held at New Shiloh Baptist Church, where the funeral for Freddie Gray was held Monday.

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Black churches are often used to spread victim-centric leftist politics, yet they never face complaints about the separation of church and state.

Preliminary Baltimore police report: no evidence Gray fatally injured during arrest -ABC.  A Baltimore police report on the death of a black man who suffered spinal injuries while in custody was handed over on Thursday [4/30/2015] to the city's chief prosecutor, who must decide whether to bring charges against six officers involved in the man's arrest.

Freddie Gray suffered fatal 'catastrophic injury when he fell head-first in back of police van and broke neck as head hit bolt,' claims internal report.  An investigation has concluded Freddie Gray broke his neck after falling head-first into the back of the police van as it was moving, it was reported today.  Medical and law enforcement sources briefed on the police investigation told ABC News Gray's 'catastrophic' head injuries were consistent with hitting a bolt 'in the back door of the van'.  They claimed there was 'no evidence' Gray sustained a fatal spine injury during his arrest, which was caught on camera on a street side on April 12.

Nearly 100 Officers Injured Since Monday: Baltimore Police.  Nearly 100 officers have been hurt since violence broke out in the city on Monday, Baltimore Police said.  Capt. Eric Kowalczyk said Thursday afternoon [4/30/2015] that more than 40 officers required some sort of treatment at the hospital.  Protesters have been throwing bricks, bottles and other items at officers trying to contain demonstrations after the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who suffered critical injuries while he was in police custody.

Freddie Gray died after head slammed into bolt in police van: report.  The Baltimore man whose death in police custody sparked riots and nationwide protests suffered the fatal injury when his head slammed into a bolt in the back of a police van after his arrest, a report said Thursday [4/30/2015].

Sheriff Clarke: Obama Has a 'Disdain For the American Police Officer'.  Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke accused President Obama of showing a "general disdain" for police officers after the president responded to the Baltimore riots by calling for the nation to do some "soul searching." [...] Clarke said on "Hannity" that he thinks Obama is "enjoying this."  "He's built a career off of dividing people.  Creating divisions, stoking animosity, the rich versus the poor, the one percent, tax the rich, the war on women...  It's been very destructive for America."  Clarke said that Obama has a "general disdain for the American police officer."  Clarke asserted that he thinks a change needs to happen in Baltimore and that it should start with the politics in the city.

Baltimore Police Report Shows Obama Jumped Gun Again On Racism Charge.  President Obama has a tendency to wade into local crime cases, second-guessing police decisions and making wild accusations of racism, without knowing all the facts.  Baltimore is his latest faux pas.  Obama strongly suggested that Baltimore police were to blame for the death of a young black man who died while in custody.  Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old convicted drug dealer who'd been arrested 18 times previously, resisted another arrest April 12.  He was so violent, he required additional restraints and a paddy wagon to take him to jail.

Run to the Left.  [Scroll down]  The Baltimore mayor was unconcerned about property destruction because she was convinced that "someone" would rebuild it.  The same "someone" who will pay for the deficit and ransoms to al-Qaeda, as well as the bribes to Iran.  The identical "someone" that will cough up the reparations to the inmates of Guantanamo.  The "someone" who will man the ships to fight the Iranian boghammers, should it come to that.  "Someone" is the source of other people's money.  He is like the tooth fairy who makes the wreckage of looted streets and houses go away.  In fact four pastors in the revival tent of the Left advocate sending prayers known as tax collection letters to "someone" — who is not from earth, not from MSNBC anyway — to pay for all their wishes as they don't pay any themselves.

Democrat-Run Baltimore is a Gangsters' Paradise.  [Scroll down]  Gang-bangers are legitimate stakeholders entitled to respect, according to Baltimore Democrats.  At the press conference Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young (Democrat) praised these fine young men from the city's underappreciated organized crime sector.  Politicians, church leaders, and gangs must unite to shut down the violence plaguing the city, he said.  "These men have been out on the street quelling the senseless violence that has consumed our society."  Why gangs, whose reason for being is the facilitation of criminal activity, would take an interest in ending civil disorder is unclear.  A law-abiding gang is a contradiction in terms.

Jarrett: Obama Would Just be 'Enormous Distraction' in Baltimore.  Valerie Jarrett said President Obama isn't planning on driving an hour up the road to Baltimore because he'd just be an "enormous distraction" as protests continue.  Obama was previously criticized for not going to Ferguson, Mo., after rioting broke out in the wake of Michael Brown's death.

Will CVS Rebuild Their Looted Store?  Its burning store riveted viewers as the cable news networks covered the destruction in Baltimore.  But since its new outpost went up in flames, CVS corporate has been very quiet.  Analysts have described how critical the pharmacy was to a poor neighborhood with few services and no supermarket.  Not since CVS made the socially-conscious decision to stop selling cigarettes in its stores has its name been invoked so many times on national television.  Here was an opportunity for a major corporation to step up and do something positive as a good community citizen, maybe pledge to stay for the long haul.  The silence is baffling.

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No, the silence is perfectly understandable.  Businesses exist to make a profit.  It makes no sense to build or maintain a retail outlet in a risky location, where it is likely to be looted and torched as a result of civil unrest.  If the  citizens  residents of Baltimore choose to burn down their city, let them subsist in the barren aftermath.

Progressives Miss the Point of Baltimore.  The supposedly sophisticated twitterati take on what has happened after Freddie Gray's funeral is to essentially rationalize the riots by explaining that the looting we've seen on our TV screens was just collateral damage for institutional racism.  Put aside for the moment that many of the businesses and cars destroyed in the attacks were black-owned.  Put aside also that Baltimore's mayor and police chief are black.  Nevertheless, there are indeed structural issues that have combined to create this moment — but they don't fit the narrative being proposed as higher wisdom.

Source: Baltimore mayor ordered police to stand down.  Despite a firm denial by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, a senior law enforcement source charges that she gave an order for police to stand down as riots broke out Monday night, raising more questions about whether some of the violence and looting could have been prevented.  The source, who is involved in the enforcement efforts, confirmed to Fox News there was a direct order from the mayor to her police chief Monday night, effectively tying the hands of officers as they were pelted with rocks and bottles.

The dirty little secret no one wants to admit about Baltimore.  The population of Baltimore is 622,000 and 63 percent of its population is black.  The mayor, state's attorney, police chief and city council president are black, as is 48 percent of the police force.  But as 36-year-old Robert Stokes says, "You look around and see unemployment.  Filling out job applications and being turned down because of where you live and your demographic.  It's so much bigger than the police department."  Everyone wants to have an honest conversation about race, so let's us endeavor to do just that.  Now, of course, when you speak the hard truth about race issues in America — and not just the liberal progressive talking points — and you're white, you'll be branded a racist.

Everything is going as Planned in Baltimore, Ferguson, and Elsewhere: Just Ask Alinsky.  Many have questioned how a city like Baltimore, with a Black Female Mayor, a Black Police Commissioner, and a force made up of more minorities than whites, could have a racial problem.  Then they have pointed out that the United States has just had a Black Attorney General for six years and he has been replaced by a Black female Attorney General... both of whom serve or served, at the pleasure of a Black U.S. President.  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would be speechless at such an accomplishment and he would be crushed, at the current behavior from those leaders.

We Used to Shoot Looters, Now we Give them "Space."  The riots, looting, and arson in Baltimore are yet another case of what began as a demonstration against alleged police misconduct but turned into violence.  It was not political protest.  People who want better treatment from the police don't set fire to retirement homes, try to break into ATM machines, or burn down drug stores.  These things happened in Baltimore because that is what excited blacks do when they gather in the streets in large numbers.  Any gathering of blacks is a potential riot.  For three years in a row, from 1990 to 1993, blacks rioted when the Chicago Bulls won the NBA championship.  In 1992, they burned 14 buildings, looted countless stores, and injured 95 police officers.  In 1993 — despite thousands of extra police — they looted dozens of stores, burned scores of cars and killed two people.  It was the same story in Detroit when the Detroit Pistons won the NBA title in 1990:  blacks looted, burned police cars, and killed seven people.

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Baltimore proves the need for 'Broken Windows' policing.  Here's hoping Mayor Bill de Blasio isn't too busy playing political games and barnstorming the country to absorb the right lessons from the Baltimore riots.  If he's paying attention, he'll learn a thing or two about policing and that the bloody price of failed leadership is paid by innocent families and businesses.  The disgraceful orders for cops to disappear or stand by and watch as rioters, looters and arsonists had their way should never be repeated anywhere again.  Nor should any mayor talk, as Baltimore's foolishly did, about giving "those who wished to destroy space to do that."


Listen: Owner of Ransacked and Looted Sports Store Talks About Baltimore Riots.  Mark Levy has owned Sports Mart, a store in Baltimore that was completely destroyed in riots this week, for nearly 40 years.  Levy isn't just a store owner, he's also an employer of people living in the neighborhood who need to provide for their families.  A million dollars in product were lost and employees can no longer be paid.

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A sporting goods store is the worst place to be when a riot begins.  The first things they steal are expensive sneakers.

Baltimore Man Protects Shop with Axe Handle and Dog.  What happened in Baltimore is a story of failed liberal leadership — a Democratic mayor who championed appeasement over the rule of law.  Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake essentially gave the rampaging mob permission to riot after police were told to stand down.  We still don't know for certain who gave that order, but I suspect it came from City Hall.  Imagine that — police officers in a major American city forced to holster their weapons while thugs burned, pillaged and plundered.  It was all compliments of the mayor creating a space for the mob to destroy.  And now Rawlings-Blake is apologizing to the very people who left parts of her city in ruins.  The mayor said she's sorry for calling them "thugs" — or as World Net Daily calls it, the "T-word."  She said the people who sent police officers to the hospital are just kids acting out.  Another city official called them "misdirected" youth.  These people are Baltimorons.

The One Key Lesson Baltimore Cops Didn't Learn from the L.A. Riots.  If there was a lesson the LAPD learned in 1992, it is that if you do not respond decisively to lawlessness, you will quickly have much more of it.  That lesson was learned the hard way, when timid police supervisors (one of them in particular most egregiously) failed to act when violence first flared near the intersection of Florence and Normandie Avenues.  I would argue that had the LAPD responded as it should have in those first hours of the riot, much of the devastation and loss of life that followed could have been averted.

Rioters Cut Fire Hose To Prevent Police From Saving Burning Building.  In one of the most shocking incidents of the Baltimore riots, CNN cameras caught rioters intentionally slicing open a fire hose firefighters were using to try to save a burning building.

Baltimore Mayor Proud She Allowed Rioters to Loot and Attack Police.  On Sunday [4/26/2015] the mayor of Baltimore, Maryland told the media how thrilled she was that she set up areas for the rioters to destroy whatever they wanted to destroy as they purportedly protested against police brutality over the weekend.

Baltimore residents protest Freddie Gray's death for second straight night.  As a 10 p.m. curfew went into effect, a few hundred demonstrators still filled the streets, facing off with lines of police in riot gear.  Rocks and plastic bottles were thrown and bounced off the shields of the officers as cops used smoke canisters and pepper balls to break up the crowd.  At least 10 people were arrested, according to Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts.

Here's The Rap Sheet Of The Dude They're Destroying Baltimore Over.  Here are some things that you should know about Freddy Gray.

Godless Mob In Baltimore Attacks Church And Burns It Down.  Baltimore seems like Syria or Iraq and rioters acting as a separatist society.  One is reminded by the ISIS thugs controlling the streets as firefighters were called to the three-alarm fire engulfing the building at Gay and Federal streets, across the city from riots that broke out.  The new senior center being built by the Southern Baptist Church in East Baltimore was set ablaze most likely by the mobs.  A huge raging fire visible from blocks away.  At least 10 firefighting companies were attempting to control the blaze, at the corner of North Chester and East Lanvale streets, and keep it from spreading to nearby houses.  The new center was being built by Christians across the street from the church to help the poor community.

Baltimore's Mayor Writes a License for Lawlessness.  At his Friday [4/24/2015] press conference, Malik Z. Shabazz, itinerant inciter of outrage from the Washington, D.C.-based Black Lawyers for Justice, warned Baltimore that, to protest the mysterious death of Freddie Gray, "a wave will roll downtown to City Hall."  He forgot to mention that it was a crime wave.

From Star-Spangled Banner to free toilet paper.  The old city hasn't seen such enthusiastic civic discourse since "The Star Spangled Banner" was written.  All dressed up in their midnight best, bearing the most patriotic pyrotechnics available for such celebrations, Baltimore residents lit up the night sky in ways Francis Scott Key could not have imagined.

What you really need to know about Baltimore, from a reporter who's lived there for over 30 years.  Baltimore is not Ferguson and its primary problems are not racial.  The mayor, city council president, police chief, top prosecutor, and many other city leaders are black, as is half of Baltimore's 3,000-person police force.  The city has many prominent black churches and a line of black civic leadership extending back to Frederick Douglass.

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It is an insipid canard to claim that Baltimore's problems are not racial merely because the city leadership and half of the cops are black.  Those who protested in Baltimore last Sunday were mostly black, but those who rioted in the streets Monday and Tuesday were all black.  The black churches are preaching left-wing victimology and the black political leaders facilitate life-long dependence on government handouts.  In any big city there are perpetually aggrieved losers who grumble about the gap between "the haves and the have-nots."  They don't seem to consider the possibility that the have-nots live in poverty because of their long history of unwise decisions.  The have-nots would rather complain and riot than study and work, because studying and working are disparaged as acting white.

The Riots In Baltimore Aren't Revolutionary.  Freddie Gray's killing may well have been unjust and part of a broader pattern of law enforcement lawlessness in communities of color, just as Martin Luther King's murder was surely unjust and part of Jim Crow's last gasps.  But the riots that followed the latter did nothing to improve those communities or lift their residents out of poverty.  There is no reason to think the fire this time will be any different.  Instead, the riots accelerated the trends collapsing Baltimore's tax base and perpetuated the cycle of violence.  Gray's neighborhood has a 52 percent unemployment rate among those aged 16 to 64, which cannot be solved by trashing a shoe store or burning down a CVS.  The people romanticizing the violence in Baltimore are complicit in the city's decline.

Baltimore High Schools Coordinate "Unity Riot" — Social Media Plans For Students To Converge On Downtown.  White Homeowners around the Baltimore community are now subject to home invasions by mobs of blacks seeking reparations.

Huge fires set across Baltimore as Freddie Gray rioters torch city.  A state of emergency has been declared in Baltimore after the city transformed into 'an absolute war zone' following the funeral of Freddie Gray.  More than 1,000 Maryland police officers, the Maryland National Guard, and 5,000 officers from neighboring states are on standby in the city and the president has been briefed on the situation as violence continues to escalate.  It is the same level of reinforcement the city requested during the riots of 1968 after Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated.

Gangs vow to target police as Baltimore protests spread.  Maryland's governor called up the National Guard late Monday hours after rioting gangs attacked police, injuring 15, torched cars and went on widespread looting sprees in a downtown section of Baltimore.  Gov. Larry Hogan issued a statement late Monday saying he was declaring a state of emergency and calling up the National Guard.  "These acts of violence and destruction of property cannot and will not be tolerated," he said at a late-night press conference.

RT Reporter is Robbed by Rioters On-Air While Covering Baltimore Protests.  It goes to show how utterly shameless these animals are, to rob someone on camera without even thinking twice about it.  At least in this case, the criminal was also a moron, and will hopefully be spending a good amount of time in jail to think over how idiotic it was to join a riot and rob someone while being taped.

Baltimore descends into chaos, violence, looting.  After two weeks of tension over the death of Freddie Gray, Baltimore descended into chaos on Monday [4/27/2015].  Roaming gangs of mostly young men clashed with police in the streets, seriously injuring officers, tore open businesses and looted their stocks.  Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency and called in the National Guard, and state police requested as many as 5,000 reinforcements from neighboring states.

National Guard arrives in Baltimore after day and night of rioting following Freddie Gray funeral.  More looting was reported Tuesday morning [4/28/2015] in Baltimore, after a night of chaos and rioting that prompted the National Guard to swarm in to restore order.  The looting appeared to be isolated compared to Monday night, which damaged parts of the city.  State officials worked to cut off any new rioting by employing National Guard troops along with city police officers.  These police officers were stationed at various key points throughout the city.

Baltimore riots: State of emergency declared, National Guard activated.  Violent clashes between police and angry crowds erupted on Baltimore's streets Monday afternoon and fires burned into the night after hundreds gathered for the funeral of a 25-year-old black man who was fatally injured while in police custody.  Dozens of people threw bottles, bricks and other objects at police dressed in riot gear, injuring at least 15 officers.

Of Course We Knew The Baltimore Riots Were Planned In Advance — So Was Louisville Kentucky in 2014.  There's a really weird bit of discussion beginning in the media about the Baltimore Riots being pre-planned and organized.  It's almost as if they are trying to create the appearance of some weird kind of conspiracy theory.

Baltimore church center torched.  In the chaos of riots in Baltimore after the funeral for Freddie Gray, the Mary Harvin Senior Housing and Transformation Center burned to the ground.

Baltimore Is a Democrat Problem, Not America's Problem.  You can call the arson and looting and violence we are seeing on our television screens, rioting.  That's one way to describe the chaos.  Another way to describe it is Democrat infighting.  This is blue-on-blue violence.  The thugs using the suspicious death of Freddie Gray (at the hands of a Democrat-led police department) to justify the looting that updates their home entertainment systems, are Democrats protesting Democrat leaders and Democrat policies in a Democrat-run city.

Rioting intensifies in Baltimore; liberal narratives among the casualties.  In presenting the Justice Department's negative findings about the Ferguson police department, Eric Holder characterized the violent and lawless response of Ferguson residents to the justified shooting of Michael Brown as an unsurprising reaction to the "highly toxic environment" created by the Ferguson police over the years.  But in Baltimore — the un-Ferguson, where the mayor and police chief are Black, and Whites are a minority within the police department — we are now witnessing the same kind of violence and lawlessness as in the allegedly racist Missouri town.

The Baltimore high schools' call to arms: How online flier used Ethan Hawke horror film 'Purge' to encourage students to run riot.  In the hours before Baltimore erupted into riots on Monday [4/27/2015], an online flier swept across social media inciting high school students in the area to 'Purge' — a reference to a movie, starring Ethan Hawke, where all crime is made legal.  A state of emergency has been declared in Baltimore, Maryland after the city descended into 'an absolute war zone' following the funeral of Freddie Gray.  Police said on Tuesday that 202 people were arrested, 15 buildings set on fire along with 115 vehicles.

Three teens arrested after Colorado Springs carnival brawl.  Three juveniles were arrested after a Saturday night brawl at a Colorado Springs carnival, where El Paso County sheriff's deputies and Colorado Springs police officers struggled to control a crowd of more than 150 people.  Deputies were called to the Wright's Amusements Giant Carnival at Powers and Palmer Park Boulevards just before 9 p.m. to break up a 15-person fight.  "When deputies arrived, it ended up being more like 75," said Jacqueline Kirby, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Office.

Dozens arrested as Freddie Gray protests turn violent in Baltimore.  Thousands of protesters took the streets of Baltimore Saturday [4/25/2015] in the largest Freddie Gray demonstration yet as hours of peaceful marching turned violent.  At least two people were hurt in the mayhem and at least a dozen were arrested.  The problems occurred near Camden Yards, where the Baltimore Orioles were playing the Boston Red Sox.  Fans were told to stay in the stadium because of public safety concerns.  Prior to the game, demonstrators fought with fans at a bar.  Gray died April 19 after suffering a fatal spinal injury while in police custody.

Black Rioters in Baltimore Smash Police Cars, Attack Motorists in Frenzied Protest.  Protesters smashed police cars and shop windows in downtown Baltimore on Saturday when the biggest demonstration over the death of a young African-American man in police custody turned violent.  More than 1,000 people joined an orderly 90-minute rally at Baltimore city hall demanding justice for Freddie Gray, who died last Sunday [4/19/2015] from spinal injuries, a week after his arrest in the city's impoverished west side.

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Baltimore Mayor: City 'Gave Those Who Wished to Destroy, Space to Do That'.  [Scroll down]  The Orwellian nature of Rawlings-Blake's statement is compounded by the Baltimore police chief saying that the rioters were "outside agitators," as spotted by on Twitter by Tennessee State Sen. Frank Niceley.  The Baltimore Sun adds that "Despite police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts' insistence that a minority of out-of-town instigators caused the violence, online court records Sunday [4/26/2015] showed that only three of those arrested during Saturday's protests were from outside Maryland."


Baltimore Mayor: We 'Gave Those Who Wished to Destroy Space to Do That'.  Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake told the press that her city "gave those who wished to destroy space to do that" at last night's protest.  [Video clip]

The Baltimore protests — are they really about the police?  Yesterday [4/25/2015], rioters damaged six police cars, shattered windows, and looted stores.  Some fans who attended the Baltimore Orioles game were attacked before the game.  During the latter stages of the game, the crowd was told to remain in the stadium because of the rioting.  The [Washington] Post's reporting suggests that, at root, the protests aren't about the police department (which, as noted, is not a White institution and almost certainly not a racist one).  One of the protest leaders said:  ["]Officials are not interested in bettering our neighborhoods.  People are tired of their quality of life, and they're frustrated nobody helps them.  They want to be heard, and they will do what it takes.["]  In other words, a population grown dependent on public officials is lashing out because said officials aren't helping them attain the quality of life they desire.

Intel warning: Gang attacks on white cops might spread outside Baltimore.  Law enforcement intelligence officials have put out a warning that someone has sent a text calling on people to kill "all white police officers" in reaction to the death of Freddie Gray while in Baltimore police custody, raising fears violence could spread nationally, according to safety memos obtained by The Washington Times.  Officers are being warned of possible ambushes and urged to change travel patterns and to tone down clothes or emblems that identify them as police.  The Baltimore police department separately put out a press release on Monday saying various gangs, including the Black Guerrilla Family, Bloods and Crips "have entered into a partnership to 'take out' law enforcement."

Rioters And Looters Belong In Jail, In The Morgue Or On The Business End Of A Nightstick.  There's a simple reason this is happening and it's not criminals getting killed after confrontations with the police or the general animosity that liberals have worked so hard to develop between some black Americans and the cops — although that obviously plays a role in setting the stage for all of this violence.  In truth, people who are scum riot and loot in towns like Ferguson and Baltimore for a very simple reason:  they enjoy doing it and they believe they can get away with it.

Blue Lives Matter: Texas Cop Survives 14 Stab Wounds in Assassination Attempt.  A Houston Community College police officer has survived an assassination attempt after being stabbed by her assailant 14 times.  The officer was saved by civilians who stepped in and stopped the attacker.  The attacker told investigators he did this to get back at police for their brutality.  A spokesman from the family said it might be related to the Baltimore riots.

Limbaugh: Baltimore Burns Because 'Political Climate Change is Destroying' Cities.  You just knew Rush Limbaugh would provide a provocative and insightful take on the riots and looting in Baltimore and, sure enough, he didn't disappoint.  Wasting no time at the start of his radio show today [4/28/2015], Limbaugh turned the left's paranoia about climate change on its head while pointing out that liberalism is responsible for an actual form of climate change — of the political variety — that poses a genuine threat to Americans.  How many more of our cities must burn before enough Americans come to the same conclusion and the badly-needed pushback begins?

Report: Baltimore Gang Members Unite To Protect Black-Owned Businesses, Direct Looters Towards Chinese- And Arab-Owned Stores.  Members of three Baltimore street gangs came together in unity during Monday's riots to protect businesses — or at least some of them.  Crips, Bloods and Black Guerilla Family gang members reportedly stood guard in front of some black-owned businesses to protect them from would-be looters and arsonists.  Instead, ne'er-do-wells were directed to businesses owned by Arabs and Chinese, according to The New York Times.




Other examples of black violent crime in Baltimore, and elsewhere in Maryland

Suspected rapist takes hostages inside Baltimore Burger King; 7-year-old girl among those trapped with gunman.  A wanted, suspected rapist took a 7-year-old girl and several other people hostage inside a Baltimore Burger King Sunday, police said.  The standoff lasted about four hours until all hostages were released and the suspect was in custody, officials said.

Man dead after exchanging gunfire with Baltimore police officers.  Baltimore police officers responding to the sound of gunshots near an apartment building fatally shot a man who fired at them with an AR-15-style rifle, authorities said early Friday [7/15/2016].

Police received warning from FBI before Thursday's fatal shooting of gunman in West Baltimore.  Prior to a Thursday night [7/14/2016] incident in which police fatally shot a man who they say had fired on them, the Baltimore field office of the FBI distributed a memo warning that members of the Black Guerrilla Family gang had discussed the possibility of ambushing officers in the wake of a recent attack in Dallas.  The memo, obtained by The Baltimore Sun, said the BGF had discussed how they could ambush law enforcement officers who were parked in side streets or alleys.  The FBI determined it had received "highly credible information" that BGF members were instructed to look for opportunities to shoot white police officers.

26 Memorial Day Weekend Shootings In Baltimore, 9 Fatal.  One month after the Baltimore riots, less visible violence still engulfs the city.  It was seen over the Memorial Day Weekend via 26 shootings, nine of which were fatal.  The newest fatalities raise the number of fatalities in May to 35.  According to CBS Baltimore, this makes May 2015 the deadliest month on record for Baltimore since December 1999.  It also brings the number of people killed in Baltimore so far this year to 108.

Hell to pay in Baltimore.  The Washington Post reports that during the period from mid-April to mid-May, 31 people were murdered in Baltimore.  39 others were wounded by gunfire.  Twice during this period, 10 people were shot on a single day.  By mid-May, the city's homicide count was 91, 21 above last year at the same time.  Lodging criminal charges against six police officers in the Gray case quelled the city's rioting.  But it had no real impact on the murder rate.  The victims of Baltimore's homicides are, in virtually all instances, African-American.  They comprised 211 of the 216 homicide victims in 2014.

Stop Fixating on Black Violence — If You Can.  Even as all eyes were on Baltimore and the networks paraded one talking head after another explaining why black people are so violent and why they are so happy the six cops were arrested for killing a prisoner, more violence just kept erupting around the country.  Largely unnoticed.  In the Baltimore suburb of Dundalk the night before Riot Week began, 20 black people attacked an old white dude after he asked them to stop fighting and destroying property in front of his house.  He is in coma and in critical condition, so he could not hear how the reporters thought this case of black on white violence, so common in Baltimore, was so irrelevant to their narrative of black victimization.  And oh yeah, that had been happening there a long time.

The Trans Ex-Convict Who Crashed The NSA.  The individual who was shot at and apparently killed by federal police on Monday at the entrance to the NSA's main campus identified as transgender and had a long history of run-ins with the law, including charges for prostitution, robbery, and assault.  Ricky Shawatza Hall of Baltimore was identified by the FBI on Tuesday [3/31/2015] as the driver of an SUV that police fired on after it refused to yield to orders from officers to stop at the entrance to Fort Meade, Maryland.

Transgender woman who was shot dead trying to ram SUV through NSA gate was a 'homeless prostitute who was facing prison time'.  The FBI has identified two people who were shot outside the National Security Agency's headquarters on Monday after allegedly stealing an SUV they were driving from a motel.  Kevin Lamont Fleming, 20, and his friend Ricky 'Maya' Shawatza Hall, 27, were allegedly picked up in Baltimore by another man on Sunday night before 'partying' at nearby lodgings in Howard County.  The unidentified 60-year-old Baltimore driver went to the bathroom on Monday morning and discovered that both his passengers and his Ford Escape SUV had gone, he told police.

Bus Driver Organizes Black Mob Violence Against White Family.  A black Baltimore bus driver organized a mob of 20 black people to assault a white family of three on her bus, which they did with gusto and pepper spray.  All the while, the other black passengers hooted and hollered in encouragement.  All while the bus driver waited for the beating to finish so the attackers could get back on the bus.  With her thanks.  The bus company didn't [care].  And it took Baltimore police two months before they even investigated it.

St. Patrick's Day violence exceeded initial reports, police dispatch tapes show.  As an unseasonably warm St. Patrick's Day drew to a close in Baltimore, teens by the hundreds swarmed downtown, keeping one step ahead of police while battling from corner to corner, mostly with fists, sometimes with knives.  As authorities watched from a helicopter and on video from surveillance cameras, youths marched seemingly at will through the Inner Harbor and streets north and west, frequently clashing that Saturday night.  Dozens of officers called in from across the city scrambled to keep up with the attacks, shutting key intersections and trying to push the youths away from the center of tourism.

Crowd Beats, Strips & Robs Tourist On St. Patrick's Day; Incident Caught On Camera.  Caught on camera — a tourist being beaten in downtown Baltimore, and instead of helping him, a crowd laughs and steals his belongings.

Baltimore is unsafe for white tourists.  Baltimore is not a safe city for white tourists.  There, I've said it.  Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake won't be happy with that assessment.  Nor, probably, will Baltimore City Council President Bernard Young and other elected officials.  But I'm not the one they have to sell on how safe Baltimore is for white tourists.  That poor white guy in the now-notorious video that's gone viral is.  His name isn't known.  Police have only identified him as a tourist from Arlington.

A hate crime in Baltimore.  Straight white guys don't make good crime victims.  Especially if the crime is a so-called "hate crime."  Last month, shortly after St. Patrick's Day, a white tourist from Arlington was knocked out cold, beaten some more, kicked, robbed of money, a cellphone, his car key and a watch, and then stripped nearly naked on a Baltimore street. [...] Fact one:  There was only one white guy standing in front of the Clarence Mitchell Jr. Courthouse that night.  Fact two:  Everybody else was black.  Fact three:  The only person being beaten, robbed and stripped was the white guy.

Arrest Made In Viral Video St. Pat's Day Mob Assault Of Tourist.  The 20-year-old man charged in connection with the recent assault and robbery in downtown Baltimore of a visitor who was stripped of his clothes was ordered held on $1 million bond Saturday morning [4/28/2012], court records show.  Aaron Jacob Parsons of Rosedale turned himself in Friday night after having been linked to the videotaped incident for more than a week, as viewers tracked social media activity that appeared to show his involvement.

No Charges In 7-Eleven Melee Caught On Video.  It was caught on video, but Baltimore City State's Attorney Gregg Bernstein has decided not to file charges against any of the 40 teenagers who were seen on video robbing a 7-Eleven and assaulting the store owner.

Ravens fans celebrate Super Bowl win by car tipping and looting a Baltimore 7-11.  But AP told us there were no reports of "disturbances" after the Ravens' Super Bowl win.  Once again, Twitter has the news first.

Witness claims youths yelled 'this is for Trayvon' in beating.  Baltimore police say they are investigating a witness account that a group of black youths beat a Hispanic man near Patterson Park Sunday while saying, "This is for Trayvon."  A witness posted the account on a community Facebook page, and police confirmed they are looking into whether the suspects' reaction to the verdict in the Florida trial of George Zimmerman played a part in the incident.

Black Crime in Baltimore High — but Should be Higher.  Over the Memorial Day weekend, 50 to 100 black people were fighting, destroying property and creating havoc at a local public swimming pool.  You know, the kind they open so kids don't do things like that.  They were asked to leave.  They went straight to a nearby city-owned bicycle concession and stole 40 bikes after roughing up the people who were supposed to be guarding them.  No one was arrested.  Nor did anyone at the local papers hear much about anything as 50 to 100 black people, stolen bikes in tow, rampaged through a few more neighborhoods as they returned to their lair.

2 Adults Arrested After Fight Erupts Outside Randallstown HS Graduation.  Randallstown High School students dressed in cap and gowns — fighting on graduation day.  The video is going viral with thousands of views.  Two people are now under arrest.  It was graduation day for Randallstown High's Class of 2014. Cell phone video captured quick shots of adults and students throwing punches.  It was an all-out brawl outside Towson University's SECU Arena just as the ceremony ended.

The Editor says...
Somehow the writer forgot to mention that everyone in the crowd and every one in the fight was black.

Substitute teacher bullied by students who heckle and flick her face.  A shocking video capturing a high school teacher mercilessly bullied by her own students has been revealed showing her flicked in the face while the rest of the class roars with laughter.  Standing before the applauding laughter of her students, the substitute teacher in Baltimore, Maryland appears half the size of two girls who approach her while throwing items and flicking her face.

White Student Union Claims Towson Has Black-On-White Crime Problem.  The founder of the White Student Union — which is not recognized by [Towson] university — says white women are the biggest target for crime committed by black men.  Now he and his fellow members are standing up against it.

Black Guerrilla Family Prison Conspiracy Revealed: Sex, Drugs, and Public Corruption.  Seven correctional officers have pled guilty in a racketeering conspiracy involving the notorious Black Guerrilla Family (BGF) prison gang in Maryland.  Narcotics and other contraband were smuggled into multiple correctional facilities for the gang by at least seven correctional officers.  The facilities, both men's and women's dedicated centers, were operated by the State of Maryland and the City of Baltimore.

Group Caught On Camera Assaulting Man Outside Windsor Inn.  At one point in the video two other suspects search the man's pockets, removing something as witnesses laugh.  The victim — about 30 years old — tells police the incident started when someone assaulted his female friend.  "Wake up, yo.  Wake up, yo," a witness is heard saying in the video.

Maryland's Highest Court Promotes Anti-Gun, Pro-Criminal Agenda.  [Scroll down]  According to FBI Supplementary Homicide data, between the years of 2000 and 2011, black victims accounted for 92% of Baltimore's murder victims.  Worse, this percentage has held steady and appears to be increasing in recent years.  Jesse Jackson has time to travel to Baltimore to rail against a youth detention center, but he apparently hasn't held rallies over Baltimore's high incidence of black homicide.  Baltimore is 64% black, and between 2000-2011, 94% of all murder offenders were black, and that portion may be increasing over time.

Police Investigate After Bicyclist Attacked By Group Of Teens.  The man was wearing a helmet with one additional feature his attackers did not know about — a camera positioned on top.  Now that video is in the hands of Baltimore City Police, who are combing through the images.

The Editor says...
Any time you see a news report describing a "group of teens" attacking someone, you can be sure of two things:  The perpetrators are all black, and the victim is not.

Conservatives Blind to Racism, says RedState Seer.  [Scroll down]  Over in Baltimore, black mob violence was such a regular feature of life at dances at Morgan State University, that officials last year banned those social events.  But after much pleading and promising of good behavior, the black school relented and allowed campus groups to try one more time.  And one more time over the weekend, the event was marred by violence, property destruction and fighting with police.  So much so that the party was closed an hour early.  School officials later put the ban back in place.

Baltimore's homicide rate moves to No. 1 among big cities.  Baltimore had its lowest homicide total in two decades last year, but data released this week show the city's homicide rate was No. 1 among the nation's largest cities in 2008.  Despite recording its lowest number of killings in 20 years in 2008 — 234, down from 282 in 2007 — there were 37 homicides per 100,000 city residents last year, ahead of Detroit at 34 per 100,000 and Washington, D.C., at about 31.  No other city with a population of more than 500,000 came close...

NYPD cops warned militant group Black Guerilla Family 'preparing to shoot on-duty police officers'.  A tattooed gang of militants declared open season on the NYPD in the wake of the Eric Garner grand jury decision, according to a threat a police union verified Saturday [12/6/2014].  Ten Black Guerrilla Family members are "preparing to shoot on duty police officers," Sergeants Benevolent Association President Ed Mullins said.  The gang, formed in the 1960s in the California prison system, recently surfaced on the East Coast and Maryland, where members are at the heart of a drug-trafficking and corruption probe within the Baltimore prison system.

Police believe New York City cop killer was a member of the Black Guerrilla Family: sources.  The cold-blooded cop-hater who gunned down two police officers in Brooklyn on Saturday is suspected of being a member of a notorious prison gang that has declared open season on the NYPD.  Detectives were headed to Baltimore on Saturday night to probe Ismaaiyl Brinsley's ties to the Black Guerrilla Family, sources told the [New York] Daily News.

Woman beaten on bus.  As Sarah Kreager, 26, tried to sit down on a Baltimore City bus Tuesday, police say, a middle-schooler told her she couldn't.  When she attempted to take another seat, a middle-schooler wouldn't let her.  Finally, according to police, Kreager just sat down.  She was "immediately attacked" by nine students — three females and six males — from Robert Poole Middle School. … The suspects in the incident are black.  The victim is white, according to the police report.

The Editor says...
If the colors were reversed, this would be called a hate crime and Al Sharpton would be all over it.

Here is an update — and just as I suspected ...
Hate crime charges rejected.  Prosecutors in Baltimore have decided not to charge the nine middle school students accused in the beating of a 26-year-old woman on a city bus with a hate crime as a judge postponed their trial yesterday until Jan. 31.

The racist attack at McDonalds.  In all the reports of the vicious beating of a patron in a Baltimore McDonalds by other patrons while the staff looked on, not one I read mentioned the race of the victim, the attackers, the restaurant workers who helped the attackers escape or the other patron who managed to call the police.  Could it be because the attackers and the employees are black while the victim and telephone caller are white?

Video Shows Woman Being Beaten At Baltimore Co. McDonald's.  A woman is badly beaten inside a local McDonald's during the dinner rush with employees and customers looking on.

McDonald's goes into damage control.  The Baltimore County McDonald's at the centre of a scandal, after footage of the violent beating of a customer on its premises went viral, has sacked the employee who filmed the attack.  Rosedale franchise owner Mitchel McPherson made the announcement today, saying employee Vernon Hackett was no longer employed by the fast food chain.

Nearly everyone in this video is a criminal or an accessory to a crime.  It's cell phone video of a beating — two women beat a third, while the manager of the restaurant makes a show of trying to help but ends up standing around uselessly.  The beating goes on for several minutes, and toward the end, the women administering it attempt to drag their victim out into the parking lot.  Meanwhile, the victim is bleeding and begins to have a seizure.

The Obamas Silent in the Face of Race Atrocity.  For the average human being, it was not possible to watch the video of two black women beating the life out of a defenseless white woman at a McDonald's in Baltimore and not feel complete and total revulsion.  Adding to the horror was the knowledge that the black employees — one who only half-heartedly attempted to intervene, one who was filming the barbarism, and perhaps others not seen on the video — did absolutely nothing to save the white woman from her assailants.

'Hate crime' justice is no justice at all.  Must America's "hate crimes" brigade rush to judgment before all the facts are in?  Apparently they must, but that's exactly what you'd expect from people who want to criminalize thoughts, not actions.  And nothing illustrates the rush-to-judgment mentality more than what happened in a Baltimore-area McDonald's in mid-April.

Family Thinks Otterbein Assault May Have Been Hate Crime.  It will take plastic surgery to properly fix the injury suffered by the 25-year-old victim, who asked not to be identified by name.  It happened Thursday night when three African-American teenagers attacked him, throwing a rock at his face as he walked down Montgomery Street after leaving his lifeguard job at the nearby Otterbein Swim Club.  Police say one of the suspects, 19-year-old Sidney Joyner, tried to stab him with a pocket knife; the victim dodged the blade.  "The victim began to yell out.  Residents began to come out of their homes; the suspects then ran away," said Sgt. Jarron Jackson, Baltimore police.



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