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5 key questions about Baltimore protests

Protests are gaining steam in Baltimore after a man died from a devastating injury he allegedly suffered while in police custody.

Demonstrators have vowed they'll keep taking to the streets until they get justice. To start, protesters say they're looking for answers about what happened to Freddie …


Others who died in police custody

The bizarre circumstances surrounding Freddie Gray's death have inflamed tensions across the country. How could a man suffer a severe spinal cord injury after getting arrested? And what happened in the 30 minutes before he was taken to a hospital?

Gray wavered in and out of a coma and died Sunday, …


Police: Freddie Gray didn't get timely care

Freddie Gray did not get timely medical care after he was arrested and was not buckled into a seat belt while being transported in a police van, Baltimore police said Friday.

Police Commissioner Anthony Batts told reporters there are no excuses for the fact that Gray was not buckled in as he was …


Police, protesters scuffle in Baltimore

At least two people were taken into custody as protesters upset over the death of Freddie Gray scuffled Thursday evening with police on the streets of Baltimore.

Tensions rose as demonstrators confronted police, several of whom shouted: "Back up!"

The Baltimore Police Department said the two were …


Michael Brown's family files suit

The family of Michael Brown has filed a civil lawsuit against the city of Ferguson under Missouri's "wrongful death statute," family attorney Benjamin Crump said in a statement Thursday.

The suit seeks punitive and compensatory damages in excess of $75,000, in addition to attorney fees.

Brown's …

Michael Brown

Officers give statements in Gray death

Five of the six officers suspended with pay after their parts in arresting Freddie Gray have provided statements to investigators, the Baltimore Police Department said Wednesday.

The department will not release personnel records or photos because doing so would violate the law, the police said in a …


The big questions about Freddie Gray's death

The arrest and death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore has sparked protests and accusations of police brutality. But it's unclear how Gray, who was arrested on a weapons charge April 12, suffered a severe spinal cord injury that led to his death seven days later.

Here are the big questions surrounding …


Witness: Police had Freddie Gray bent up like a pretzel


Protesters rally over Freddie Gray's death

Chanting "No justice! No peace!" protesters rallied in Baltimore late Tuesday, the same day police released the names of the officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray.

Gray died of a spinal injury Sunday, exactly one week after he was taken into custody.

Demonstrators marched to a local police …


The moments before Freddie Gray's death

Freddie Gray was arrested Baltimore police on the morning of April 12 without incident, according to police.

Less than an hour after he was detained, officers transporting him called for a medic.

He subsequently slipped into a coma, dying a week after his initial arrest.

So what happened?

The events …


Police shootings not up, news coverage is

It feels like every week, a name is added to the list: another man, often black and unarmed, has died at the hands of police.

Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Jason Harrison, Walter Scott, Eric Harris, Freddie Gray, to name a few.

The headlines make it feel as if the country is experiencing an …


Baltimore man dies one week after arrest

More than a week after Freddie Gray was arrested in Baltimore, and a day since he died, authorities are still scrambling to find out exactly what happened and why.

"I'll tell you what I do know, and right now there's still a lot of questions I don't know. I know that when Mr. Gray was placed inside …

Baltimore Police Department

Police caught on camera: The good and the bad

Americans are zoning in -- and weighing in -- every week on what cops are up to. They've had to, because cameras are everywhere -- in phones, on dashboards and on officers' uniforms.

And with social media at everyone's fingertips, Ferguson, Staten Island and North Charleston have gone from hidden …


Mo. guardsmen: Ferguson protesters the 'enemy'

As the Missouri National Guard prepared to deploy to help quell riots in Ferguson, Missouri, that raged sporadically last year, the guard used highly militarized words such as "enemy forces" and "adversaries" to refer to protesters, according to documents obtained by CNN.

The guard came to Ferguson …


Who gave this reserve cop a gun? (Opinion)

Robert Bates, 73, shot and killed a man while playing cops and robbers with real police.

Bates was a reserve deputy sheriff, which allowed him to "work full time jobs in the community and volunteer ... time in a myriad of events such as the Special Olympics and Tulsa State Fair," according to the …


In North Charleston, a price is being paid

Jeffrey Spell felt embarrassed the flowers were cheap lilies left over in the grocery store from Easter. He carried them solemnly into the park where Walter Scott was shot and killed by a police officer a week ago.

Once there were trailers here, on each side of the asphalt. I can still see the …


How easy is it to confuse a gun for a Taser?

On the surface, the mix-up seems incomprehensible: How can a volunteer sheriff's deputy accidentally fire a handgun instead of a Taser, killing a man?

That's apparently what happened in Tulsa, Oklahoma, when a 73-year-old reserve deputy, Robert Bates, killed Eric Harris. Bates said he meant to use …


Deputy charged in Tulsa shooting

The Tulsa County deputy who shot and killed a man instead of using his Taser now faces a manslaughter charge.

Video shows Reserve Deputy Robert Bates announcing he is going to deploy his Taser after an undercover weapons sting on April 2, but then shooting Eric Courtney Harris in the back with a …


New audio captures aftermath of South Carolina shooting - CNN.com

Story highlights

In the first recording, an unidentified officer talks to Slager about what might happen
• The second audio captures a phone call between Slager and someone CNN believes is his wife

(CNN)Two pieces of audio recorded in the immediate aftermath of a deadly police shooting in South Carolina …

South Carolina

Did police use excessive force? A look at 3 cases

A man dies in police custody after a dog allegedly mauls him. A mentally ill man is shot dead after his family calls police asking for help. An officer shoots into a vehicle after a car chase, killing a man originally suspected of drunk driving.

As debate once again surges about whether police are …


Lessons learned from Ferguson to S. Carolina

The shootings' main similarity is that the officer was white and the victim was black and unarmed. Outside of that, the highly publicized police shootings in Ferguson and North Charleston bear only mild resemblance.

So what's changed between the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, …

Ferguson, MO

Police shooting: Who was Walter Scott?

The world learned his name after he was killed by a South Carolina police officer.

But in his life, 50-year-old Walter Scott was also the father of four children and served in the Coast Guard before being honorably discharged.

"He was outgoing -- loved everybody, (was) very known in the community and …

Walter Scott

What we know about Michael Thomas Slager

Officer Michael Slager's five-year career with the North Charleston Police Department in South Carolina ended after he resorted to deadly force following a routine traffic stop.

Slager, 33, has been fired, officials said Wednesday. His wife is eight months' pregnant and the city will continue paying …


S.C. cop shoots unarmed man: A timeline

The stark video of a South Carolina officer gunning down an apparently unarmed black man as he ran away with his back to police has prompted an equally fast-moving reaction by officials and the public alike.

The video is being dissected frame by frame by authorities and media outlets, all in an …


South Carolina shooting: Witness speaks

Feidin Santana, the man who recorded a South Carolina police officer fatally shooting a fleeing, unarmed man, told CNN on Thursday night he was told by another cop to stop using his phone to capture the incident.

"One of the officers told me to stop, but it was because I (said) to them that what …

South Carolina

What did officer drop after shooting man?

The officer charged with murder in the shooting death of an unarmed black man in South Carolina has been fired as anger continues to build around his case.

A video shows Officer Michael Slager, who is white, firing eight shots at 50-year-old Walter Scott as Scott has his back to him and is running …


Love: What Walter Scott's death reminds us

On Tuesday, a white police officer in North Charleston, South Carolina, was charged with murder for shooting an unarmed black man in the back. Officer Michael Slager was arrested after raw video surfaced showing him firing numerous shots at Walter Scott as Scott ran away from a traffic stop.

The …

Walter Scott

Opinion: End stonewalling on police shootings

It's a good thing -- a lucky thing -- that a bystander had the courage and presence of mind to record the shocking video that shows a white police officer, Michael Slager, gunning down and killing an apparently unarmed black man named Walter Scott after a traffic stop in North Charleston, South …


Ferguson election reshapes City Council

Change has come to Ferguson.

After months of turmoil and upheaval, months of frustration and anger, the beleaguered city has a new governing board. And it looks very different than the old one.

Buoyed by a higher-than-normal 30% turnout, two African-American candidates won their wards Tuesday night …