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Baltimore NAACP Demands Firing of Additional Police Officer in Police Brutality Case

*Baltimore — The Baltimore City Branch of the NAACP is calling for the firing of one officer and prosecution of both officers involved in Saturday’s brutal police beating of a Baltimore resident. The beating, caught on video, resulting in injuries to the victim included broken ribs, a broken jaw, swelling in the face, and an […]

Baltimore Cop Quits After Viral Video Shows Him Pummeling an Unarmed Man (Watch)

*The Baltimore police officer who was caught on video repeatedly punching a man has quit the force amid growing outrage. In the video posted online Saturday, the unidentified officer can be seen pushing and then repeatedly slugging a suspect who doesn’t appear to fight back. The cop had originally been suspended for the incident, but he […]

NBC Developing Black Female Mayor Drama With EP Penny Johnson Jerald

*NBC is developing a drama series set at Baltimore’s city hall with Penny Johnson Jerald and “West Wing’ writer Allison Abner among its executive producers, reports Variety. The series will follow a newly elected African-American female mayor, her female chief of police, and district attorney as they work for the good of one of America’s […]

Fox Searchlight Sets Release Date for Documentary ‘Step’

*Fox Searchlight Pictures will open its documentary “Step” on July 7, making it the first title to go up against Sony’s behemoth “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” Amanda Lipitz’s documentary follows the senior year of a girls’ high-school step dance team in inner-city Baltimore. Blessin Giraldo, Cori Grainger, Tayla Solomon, Gari McIntyre and Paula Dofat are featured in […]

Housing Neglect Continues in Baltimore’s Poorest Communities

*Across Baltimore, city residents are unhappy with how the local government and its subcommittees have handled low-income housing in the most poverty-stricken communities. “The Housing Authority, from my perspective, have no commitment to poor people in Baltimore,” said Jeff Singer, housing advocate and professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. “I think […]

The Journal of Steffanie Rivers: The City That Cried Wolf

*If there’s one thing I hate worse than seeing videos of overzealous police officers killing, shooting and using unwarranted force against unarmed citizens who pose no threat, it’s witnessing those officers get acquitted by the same people who are most likely to be the target of their aggression. Two Baltimore City police officers, Caesar Goodson […]

Fourth Officer Cleared in Freddie Gray Case: Judge Acquits Lt. Brian Rice

*Four of the six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray have escaped conviction, the latest coming Monday morning with the acquittal of Lt. Brian Rice. Circuit Judge Barry Williams cleared Rice, 42, of involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office, according to The Baltimore Sun. The judge had dismissed a second-degree assault […]

C-SPAN Finds Ways to Air Gun Vote Sit-In after GOP Cuts Cameras

*When Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan ordered the TV cameras that supply C-SPAN’s feed shut off during the Democrats’ sit-in to demand votes on gun legislation, the network got around the chicanery by airing live social media feeds beamed directly from the sit-in participants. C-SPAN covers each session of the House and Senate using cameras stationed […]