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'Lord of the Flies' comes to Baltimore

He was a quiet man who once stood watch on his front porch, just three blocks away from where a riot erupted in West Baltimore this week.

We called him "Mr. Shields" because no one dared use his first name. He'd step onto his porch at night in plaid shorts and black knit dress socks to watch the …

Lord of the Flies

Baltimore's crisis brings a glimmer of progress - CNN.com

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Julian Zelizer: Calls for urban reform and the swift Freddie Gray murder prosecution are positive signs
• He says the Baltimore riots were a sign of the need for change on many fronts

Julian Zelizer is a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University and a New America …


Why a city teetered on the brink - CNN.com

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CNN's Carol Costello lived in Baltimore for years and still loves the city
• She says Baltimore had a chance to get it right after Freddie Gray's death; it didn't, but it could still happen
• "I hope what's happening here will be the tipping point for the nation," she writes

Carol Costello …


Councilman: These children have been marginalized

CNN's Erin Burnett speaks to Baltimore City Councilman Carl Stokes about whether or not rioters should be called "thugs."

Erin Burnett

Baltimore: Protesters and police ensure peace

In Baltimore, the numbers alone show the stark contrast between Monday's lawlessness and Tuesday's restraint.

On Monday night, police made 235 arrests. After a citywide curfew went into effect at 10 p.m. Tuesday, only 35 people were arrested.

On Monday, 20 officers were injured, including six …


Baltimore's riots and 'The Purge'

In a sobering example of life imitating art, the chaos sweeping the streets of Baltimore may have been partly inspired by a series of action-horror movies.

Baltimore police said rioting at a shopping mall and elsewhere Monday afternoon started amid rumors, spread on social media, of a "purge" led by …


Baltimore mom who smacks son at riot: I don't play

You know the Baltimore mom who went to the riot, found her son and lit into him with her right hand? Well, Toya Graham said Tuesday she did it because she didn't want her son to become another Freddie Gray.

She also told CBS News that she's a single mother of six who doesn't play when it comes to …


2 people shot in Ferguson as protests erupt

At least three people were shot in separate incidents in Ferguson, Missouri, on late Tuesday and early Wednesday as hundreds of demonstrators gathered in support of protests in Baltimore, a city spokesman said.

Two people were shot in the neck and another was shot in the leg, spokesman Jeff Small …

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In Baltimore, social media takes on many roles

Police and protesters are confronting each other not just on the streets of Baltimore but also on social media, where they are battling on Twitter for control of the narrative and highlighting the importance of these technologies as vital tools for reporting and responding to news.

As riots rocked …

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Liu: How we burned Baltimore

We did it again, in another American city.

We set Baltimore on fire this time. We brutalized black bodies. We turned a funeral into a riot. We let things get out of hand. We looted. We threw stones at policemen. We threw stones at citizens. We created camera-ready chaos, and we replayed the images. …


Opinion: Baltimore a test case for Lynch

Job one for newly appointed Attorney General Loretta Lynch is to create a muscular federal response to months of national unrest over controversial police killings like that of Freddie Gray, 25. Gray's death last week -- from a spinal cord injury he suffered while in police custody -- has touched …


Baltimore riots: A few brave people intervene

Please, not even a demonstration. Freddie Gray's family had asked for quiet on Baltimore's streets the day they laid him to rest. And above all, no violence.

Many people turned a deaf ear to that Monday, but a handful of people embraced the family's message. They tried to stop young people from …


WH faces new racial crisis in Baltimore

Newly sworn-in Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Monday night the Justice Department will continue its investigation into the death of Freddie Gray and send two top officials to Baltimore in an effort to quell the riots unfolding there.

Lynch met Monday evening with President Barack Obama to …


Opinion: 'Our hearts were broken'

Here's what you need to know about Baltimore.

As much as it is a city, in so many ways it feels like a small town. It can be provincial, and the degrees of separation are more like two than six.

There are people in east Baltimore who would never dare to hang out in west Baltimore and vice versa, …


Freddie Gray case: The legal issues - CNN.com

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Were the police justified in stopping Freddie Gray?
• Can they be held liable for his death?

Danny Cevallos is a CNN legal analyst, criminal defense attorney and partner at Cevallos & Wong, practicing in Pennsylvania and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Follow him on Twitter: @CevallosLaw. The …


Baltimore riots: 'One of our darkest days as a city'


Baltimore riots: A timeline

The day Baltimore planned to lay Freddie Gray to rest, the city went up in smoke.

Riots have broken out throughout Baltimore less than three weeks after a 25-year-old man died in police custody.

What started as peaceful protests days ago have turned violent, with stores being looted, rocks being …


Maryland governor pressed on Baltimore riot response

CNN's Don Lemon challenges Maryland Governor Larry Hogan about the state's response to the rioting and looting in Baltimore. [Ed. note: Low quality audio from the source]


Baltimore mom smacks protesting son

A mother in Baltimore caught her son, whom she suspected of rioting, and hit him. She sent him home on live TV.


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Baltimore: Crowds stand firm after curfew

Latest developments:

- 11:59 p.m. ET: Police arrested two people for looting and one for disorderly conduct, Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said. But most of the 10 arrests made after the 10 p.m. curfew were for curfew violation.

- 11:55 p.m. ET: Baltimore police have made 10 arrests since the 10 …


CVS got employees out of Baltimore store just before looting and fire

As Baltimore protests over police conduct turned violent Monday, CVS closed a nearby store that was later looted and set on fire.

None of its employees or customers were in the store when looters broke in, the company said.

CVS shut the store at 3 p.m. and the fire broke out several hours …


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Veteran stands up against rioters

CNN's Joe Johns speaks to veteran Robert Valentine who told rioters they need to go home. The city is under a state of emergency.

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Baltimore riots: Looting, fires engulf city

Streets in Baltimore looked like a war zone early Tuesday after a night of riots, fires and heartbreak.

"Too many people have spent generations building up this city for it to be destroyed by thugs who -- in a very senseless way -- are trying to tear down what so many have fought for," Mayor …


Baltimore on edge - CNN.com

Volunteers and local residents help clean up Baltimore after riots broke out following the funeral for Freddie Gray, who died of a severe spinal cord injury he got while in police custody. See pictures of the cleanup efforts.

By Ashley Fantz and Greg Botelho, CNN

The arrest and death of Freddie Gray …


O'Malley cancels Ireland speeches, returns to Baltimore - CNNPolitics.com

Washington (CNN)Democratic presidential contender Martin O'Malley returned to his riot-scarred home city of Baltimore on Tuesday after canceling a series of paid speeches in Ireland.

O'Malley had been in Dublin with plans to speak to a law firm, a renewable energy company, PricewaterhouseCoopers …


See White House guest to Freddie Gray funeral

The White House announced over the weekend it is sending three representatives to the Monday funeral for Freddie Gray, the Baltimore man who suffered fatal injuries to his spinal cord after being taken into a police van.

The three guests include Baltimore native and Chairman of the My Brother's …

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Freddie Gray laid to rest in Baltimore

A white casket sat at the front of New Shiloh Baptist Church in West Baltimore as a gospel choir sang for a large crowd gathered to honor Freddie Gray.

The 25-year-old died in police custody 15 days ago after he was arrested on a weapons charge. His death from a severe spinal chord injury sparked …