Bernie Sanders visits the Baltimore neighborhood where Freddie Gray was arrested

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Freddie Gray Case Trials.

BALTIMORE (AP) — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders took his presidential campaign to the heart of a Baltimore neighborhood on Tuesday that witnessed riots last spring, calling the level of poverty and rundown housing in parts of the city reminiscent of a “third-world country.” The Democratic candidate toured the neighborhood where Freddie Gray died last spring of a spinal injury he suffered while in police custody, triggering riots. Before prosecutors rested their case, a Baltimore Police Department DNA expert testified that Freddie Gray’s blood was found inside a police wagon on a bench, a wall and a seatbelt. Gray was a 25-year-old black man who died a week after his neck was broken while he was being transported in handcuffs and shackles in the back of a police transport van. Carol Allan, the medical examiner who performed the autopsy on Freddie Gray, and ended with testimony from an emergency medical technician who found Gray unresponsive at the Western District police station.

Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., center, walks through the intersection of North and Pennsylvania Avenues, the site of unrest following the funeral of Freddie Gray, in Baltimore, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015. Prior to the seating of the 12-person jury last week, about 150 potential jurors had been screened for any business or personal connections to more than 200 potential witnesses and stakeholders in the case. The presidential contender said it was “stunning that we are less than an hour from the White House and the United States Congress.” Sanders has sought to make inroads with black voters against Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, who has garnered endorsements from black members of Congress and has longstanding ties to the African-American community, helped in part by her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

D’antuono’s message: “It stops with cops.” He says he’s trying to persuade police officers not to let fellow officers get away with sometimes deadly violence against defenseless citizens. Judge Barry Williams declined to declare a mistrial because of revelations that prosecutors failed to disclose information that Gray told a police officer about a prior back injury the month before he was arrested in the incident that led to his death. In a sign of his support among liberals, Sanders won the endorsement Tuesday of The Working Families Party, a coalition of unions and progressive groups that helped elect New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Morris Marc Soriano, an Illinois neurosurgeon — both testified that Gray’s life could have been saved had Porter called for a medic when Gray first told him he needed one. He said residents of many poor neighborhoods are hurt by a lack of grocery stores and banking options and many are preyed upon by payday loans and high interest rates. At a news conference, Sanders appeared agitated when he was asked by a reporter about the threat of the Islamic State group, pointing to the downtrodden neighborhood he had just toured. “Obviously ISIS and terrorism are a huge national issue that we’ve got to address, but so is poverty, so is unemployment, so is education, so is health care.” Democratic presidential candidate, Sen.

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