With guest host Jane Clayson.
Second degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, assault and more. We’ll look at the charges announced for six Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Gray.
Baltimore’s curfew was lifted yesterday, after a trying week of anger, protests, and violence. It comes after charges were announced Friday against six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray – the 25 year-old who died mysteriously after his arrest last month. Now ruled a homicide. The officers charged for crimes including murder and manslaughter. A sigh of relief from much of Baltimore. Now, a call for calm. A return to normalcy. But is this enough in a city shaken by unrest? What is it going to take to create lasting change? This hour, On Point: What’s next for Baltimore, and the country.
-- Jane Clayson
Shawn Essien, former State's Attorney for Baltimore City.
From The Reading List
Baltimore Sun: Six officers charged in death of Freddie Gray -- "The six Baltimore police officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray – who died after being injured in police custody – have been charged criminally, State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced Friday. Mosby's announcement on the steps of the War Memorial Building was greeted with cheers and applause. Mosby said she told Gray's family that 'no one is above the law and I would pursue justice upon their behalf.'"
New York Times: Marilyn Mosby, Prosecutor in Freddie Gray Case, Seen as Tough on Police Misconduct — "At 35, Ms. Mosby — whose formal title is the Maryland state’s attorney for the city of Baltimore — is the youngest prosecutor in any major American city. Her dramatic announcement on Friday seemed to stun people here and thrust her immediately into the national spotlight, not only for the hard-hitting language she used in describing the behavior of the officers, but also for the way she directly addressed public anger over the death of Mr. Gray."
Aeon: Stoop Stories — "My black friends call it Baldamore, Harm City or Bodymore Murderland. My white friends call it Balti-mo, Charm City or Smalltimore while falling in love with the quaint pubs, trendy cafés and distinctive little shops. I just call it home."
This program aired on May 4, 2015.