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Senators weigh use of police body cameras

As calls grow for body cameras to be implemented in police departments around the country as a way to increase transparency and deal with police brutality, lawmakers in Washington examined the complexities of the technology at a Senate subcommittee hearing on Tuesday.

South Carolina Republican Sen. …


Obama to restrict grenade launchers for cops

The Obama administration on Monday moved to prohibit federal agencies from providing local cops with certain kinds of military equipment such as grenade launchers, high-caliber weapons and bayonets, in the wake of controversy over a "militarized" police response to unrest last summer in Ferguson, …


House doctor helps Baltimore recover

Dr. Jeffrey Katz is always in a hurry, darting from patient to patient in a part of Baltimore where a mixture of poverty, crumbling buildings and crime give the feel that it's a forgotten part of the city.

Rows of beautiful, old homes are vacant -- some boarded up and others sealed with …


The dangerous militarization of our police (Opinion)

As Philadelphia comes to terms with the train derailment that has left six people dead and some 200 injured, it's also worth remembering another tragic event that took place in the city exactly 30 years ago. It was an incident that claimed the lives of almost a dozen people, including five …


Sheriff says Tamir Rice probe almost done

About a week after Tamir Rice's mother and her legal team publicly asked how long it would take to finish the investigation into her son's death, the Cuyahoga County sheriff said Tuesday -- 171 days after the 12-year-old was shot -- that his department is almost there.

Sheriff Clifford Pinkney …

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Police deaths increase amid high tensions

Two officers slain during a traffic stop in Mississippi over the weekend add to a grim tally.

In shootings thousands of miles apart, under different circumstances, at least 10 law enforcement officers have been killed so far this year nationwide.

Thousands more face the same dangers and unknowns.

Last …


No charges for officer in Tony Robinson case

The Wisconsin police officer who shot and killed a 19-year-old unarmed biracial man won't face criminal charges in the case.

"I conclude that this tragic and unfortunate death was the result of a lawful use of deadly police force and that no charges should be brought against Officer Kenny in the …

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Kohn: Prince gave Baltimore a soundtrack

We don't have any official royalty in the United States. But we do have Prince. And so it was altogether appropriate and potent for the pop star to use his megaphone and spotlight to support the protests against police violence in Baltimore.

"The system is broken," Prince shouted to an audience of …


National Police Week 2015 - CNN.com

National Police Week 2015 9 photos

Honor guard members from the U.S. Capitol Police salute during the Washington Area Law Enforcement Memorial Service, which was held outside of D.C. Police headquarters on Monday, May 11. The event honored deceased local law enforcement officers. National Police …


Marilyn Mosby under fire after Prince show

The applause she received for charging the six Baltimore police officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray seemed short-lived. Since then, Marilyn Mosby has been a lightning rod.

The latest wave of criticism comes after the state's attorney for Baltimore took the stage Sunday with Prince during …


Inside the mind of a black Baltimore cop

He stepped onto the streets this week in his blue Baltimore police uniform and noticed something was different.

African-American pedestrians shook their heads at him and frowned. Drivers slowed their cars when they spotted him and scowled. And when he joined a phalanx of white officers assembled for …


Sources: Police, Mosby have different findings

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 …


Prince and politics in Baltimore concert

Pop star Prince made room for another color next to his signature purple in his Baltimore "Rally4Peace" concert Sunday -- and next to his music for dash of political gestures.

"Wear something gray," his promotional materials asked of patrons -- in remembrance of Freddie Gray, who died from severe …


Source: Justice Department to look at Baltimore police - CNN.com

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The so-called pattern or practice investigation would be a full-scale civil rights investigation
• It was requested by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
• The planned probe would come in the wake of Freddie Gray's death

(CNN)The Justice Department plans to launch a pattern or …


What we learned about policing America

In the past week, America has seen how good police work has saved lives by the use of deadly force in Garland, Texas, and how allegedly criminal misconduct landed six Baltimore police officers in jail after the death of Freddie Gray. We've been reminded of the ugly truth that police do risk their …


Baltimore mayor: DOJ police probe needed

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake requested Wednesday that the Department of Justice order a "pattern or practice" civil rights investigation into the city's police department, similar to the probe conducted in Ferguson, Missouri after the shooting death of Michael Brown last summer.

The …


Police arrest key witness in Michael Brown case

Police have arrested Dorian Johnson, the man who was walking with Michael Brown when he was fatally shot by an officer in Ferguson, Missouri.

Officers arrested Johnson on Wednesday after he allegedly interfered with an arrest, St. Louis County Police spokeswoman Leah K. Freeman said.

Johnson's …

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Whether to rebuild: A Baltimore couple lose their store of 30 years


Carson: Baltimore attorney was on 'powder keg'

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said on Thursday he likely would have delivered a lesser charge to the six police officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray than the criminal charges imposed by Baltimore's state attorney.

"I probably wouldn't have charged them to that extent," he …


'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 …


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."

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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. …