Report: Internal Probe Details Officer’s Statements Following Freddie Gray Arrest

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Baltimore Awarded $1M To Help Pay Officers For Overtime During Riots.

BALTIMORE (WJZ)—At least one Baltimore Police officer warned fellow officers that Freddie Gray needed medical attention, according to WJZ media partner The Baltimore Sun, who had exclusive access to statements made by officers during a departmental probe.Prosecutors have asked Circuit Judge Barry Williams to try William Porter first because they want to call him as a witness against Caesar Goodson and Alicia White.

BALTIMORE, USA – APRIL 27: Policemen rest during a riot over the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, on April 27, 2015. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) WASHINGTON D.C. (WJZ) – U.S. However, defense attorneys indicated in a filing that some defendants might seek postponements because of “discovery issues” regarding evidence and witnesses. Protests continued after his death on the 19th, often centering around Sandtown-Winchester’s Gilmor Homes, where Gray was arrested; the Western District police headquarters just blocks away; and City Hall. Defense Attorney Joseph Murtha issued a statement to the Sun on behalf of all the defense attorneys saying, “We are at a disadvantage because we cannot comment on the inaccuracy or accuracy of the statements.” Two key pre-trial motion hearings have been held in the case where Judge Williams ruled each officer would get separate trial all held in the City of Baltimore.

At the time, I was editor of Baltimore City Paper (I left in August to join Open Society Institute-Baltimore), and I attended the protests on several days. But just as often, young new leaders like Joseph Kent, Kwame Rose, Westley West and PFK Boom led the effort, and they brought other young people enjoying the new experience of speaking out about the deeply problematic conditions in their neighborhoods and their city. Porter then told the driver of the van, Officer Caesar Goodson, Jr., that they wouldn’t be able to book Gray into jail because he was in medical distress. Porter’s comments are significant because they potentially shed light both on Gray’s medical condition, as well as what the officers knew during the arrest. Others, there and elsewhere during these protests, spoke out about entrenched poverty, lack of economic opportunity, corrupt politicians, substandard housing, ineffective schools, white supremacy and racism.

One contingent headed down to Camden Yards, where the Orioles were scheduled to play in a couple hours, chanting “No justice, no game!” Some blocked traffic, threw rocks and smashed a police car. Two days later, after Freddie Gray’s funeral, students at Frederick Douglass High School were dismissed from class to find that buses and trains at the Mondawmin Metro stop — where many of them usually caught their ride home — had been shut down because of rumors of a student-led “purge.” Officials had closed the station, blocked off several streets and flooded the area with police officers in riot gear. In May, we founded the Baltimore Justice Fund, to “support focused interventions to improve police accountability and police-community relationships, reduce the number of Baltimoreans caught up in the criminal justice system, and engage Marylanders, especially young people, in advocacy for programs and policies to increase opportunity and racial justice.” We recently made the first round of grants from the fund.

So what do we call these events that led to the creation of our fund and an awakening of city youth? “Riots” might be an appropriate word for the incidents on April 25 and 27 when fires burned and property was damaged, but it hardly applies to the creation of a potentially transformative movement dedicated to changing Baltimore. “Unrest” — a media favorite — is more benign, but hardly descriptive. To describe the broader series of events — including weeks of protests, marches and the mobilization of thousands of Baltimoreans into a movement to change the status quo (orders of magnitude more than the number involved in the riots) — uprising fits best. Author and OSI-Baltimore board member Taylor Branch, at an event we sponsored this spring, said he also sees an “uprising.” The Baltimore movement brought “to the surface things that have been there for a long, long time, in a way that may force people to do something new,” Mr.

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