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Baltimore sees deadliest month in 15 years

Baltimore is seeing its deadliest month in 15 years after an outbreak of Memorial Day weekend violence left nine people dead in 29 shootings.

So far, Baltimore has tallied 35 homicides this month, police said.

The last time Baltimore saw that many homicides was December 1999, police said.

The only …


Cleveland cop acquittal a fair verdict?

Protests broke out in Cleveland after the acquittal of Michael Brelo, a police officer who had been charged with voluntary manslaughter and felonious assault in the 2012 shooting deaths of two unarmed people.

We have seen a lot of alleged cases of excessive and deadly force by law enforcement, and …


Cleveland, DOJ announce changes in police force

The city of Cleveland and Department of Justice announced Tuesday how they are moving forward on agreed changes to the city's police force.

The consent decree is the next step after the city agreed to changes last year following a scathing report from DOJ investigators regarding patterns of civil …


Cleveland catching its breath after weekend of protests - CNN.com

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Fifty-six of the 71 people arrested over the weekend appear for a court hearing Monday
• Protests erupt after a judge's acquittal of a police officer in deaths of two unarmed people

(CNN)Cleveland is catching its breath on Memorial Day after weekend protests.

The demonstrations broke out …


Brelo verdict: Cleveland officer acquitted after shooting unarmed couple - now what?

How can a police officer fire 15 shots into a car with two unarmed people inside and then get acquitted after their deaths?

That's exactly what happened when a judge announced Saturday that Cleveland police Officer Michael Brelo was not guilty of voluntary manslaughter and felonious assault in the …


Protests, arrests follow officer's acquittal

Police arrested demonstrators in downtown Cleveland on Saturday night following the acquittal of a police officer who stood trial in the 2012 shooting death of two unarmed people.

CNN video showed police in riot gear moving down East Fourth Street, a strip of restaurants, and pushing back …


Waco coverage shows double standard on race

On Sunday, just after news broke of a shootout in Waco, Texas, involving "rival biker gangs" as The New York Times alert phrased it, the political activist Shaun King wrote on Twitter:

"I'll wait (and wait and wait and wait) to hear someone on the news call what just happened in Waco 'white on …

Double Standards

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 …

Tony Robinson

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 investigate Baltimore police

The Justice Department plans to launch a pattern or practice investigation into the methods of the Baltimore Police Department, a law enforcement source said Thursday.

The investigation was requested by the city's mayor, and is expected to be announced officially on Friday, the source said.

The …


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 …

Michael Brown

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 …

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 …