Prosecutors dropped charges against the remaining three of the six Baltimore police officers charged in Freddie Gray’s death. The 25-year-old’s spine was severed and he fell into a coma while in police custody, leading to his death three days later.

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The outcome of the case has sparked national outrage, creating speculation about Baltimore’s State’s Attorney, Marilyn Mosby’s handling of the case. Frustrated citizens speculate a “rushed” job to get a conviction for all six officers.

The decision to drop the charges comes after a year-long court battle for prosecutors to prove that the officers involved disregarded Gray’s safety by not fastening his seatbelt while he was in the back of the police van, transporting him to the jail. The prosecutors also argued that the officers failed to give Gray medical attention.

On Wednesday, July 27th, Marilyn Mosby held a press conference.

Press play below

Actor Wendell Pierce definitely deserves a gold star!

The actor from the critically-acclaimed HBO series, ‘The Wire’  is investing in a $20 million apartment complex in the arts district of Baltimore, he announced during a panel discussion at Columbia University on Saturday. The actor, 49, told Fusion it’s the beginning of a jobs program he intends to expand to other parts of the city.

Pierce made the announcement alongside three of his former castmates from ‘The Wire’: Sonja Sohn, Felicia ‘Snoop’ Pearson, and Jamie Hector.

According to Fusion, a portion of the apartments in the building will be offered to Baltimore artists at a discounted rate where artists living in the building will also have the opportunity to feature their artwork in the building’s galleries. In addition, the town’s residents will be hired as part of the construction team to build the complex.

The nation knows our dire need for a new mayor, and while Baltimore City continues to move forward after last year’s riots, the race for mayor becomes the center of everyone’s attention.

Current Baltimore City mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, announced not seeking re-election five months after the city erupted in rioting after the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody. While the trial is ongoing for the officers involved, we embrace new city leadership. There are many candidates campaigning to fill Rawlings’Blake’s seat, but the few who stand out are passionate about their visions for the City of Baltimore and what they can enforce to make Baltimore a better and safer city. Those few who stand out include former mayor, Sheila Dixon and Black Lives Matter protester, DeRay McKesson, who recently jumped on board as a candidate before the filing deadline.

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In January of 2009, Dixon was indicted on twelve felony and misdemeanor counts, including perjury, theft, and misconduct. The charges stem partly from incidents in which she allegedly misappropriated gift cards intended for the poor. In December of 2009, the jury returned a “guilty” verdict on one misdemeanor count of fraudulent misappropriation. Dixon received probation provided she resign as mayor as part of a plea agreement, effective February of 2010. She was succeeded by the Baltimore City Council president, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

I’m slowly regaining my trust in Dixon, but I never had doubts about her performance as mayor. I’m convinced she will continue to run this city as efficiently as she has before.

As one of the most recognized leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement, DeRay McKesson stands out, because as a 30-year-old black man who was raised in Baltimore, he’s lived with the problems Baltimore City currently face; problems he’s passionate about changing if he becomes mayor.

Other notable faves in this campaign are Senator Catherine Pugh, Councilman Nick Mosby (husband of Maryland States attorney, Marilyn Mosby) and Councilman, Carl Stokes.

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As the Candidates head into the final weeks of campaigning, they’re working hard to gain voters’ trust. They’re sharing their visions for the City of Baltimore in hopes you (the voter) share their vision. According to CBS Baltimore, 25% of Democratic voters say they are still undecided.  During Thursday night debate, the two top candidates, Dixon and Pugh, faced off for the first time since a poll puts them in a dead heat. Senator Catherine Pugh pulled slightly ahead of former Mayor Sheila Dixon for the first time—but with seven weeks to go, it’s still anyone’s race, CBS Baltimore reports.

 

On Feb 16th, the Mt. Vernon/Belvedere Association and the Charles Street Development Corp. hosted the Baltimore Mayoral Forum, introducing all the candidates running for mayor. Press play below of video of the forum.

 

Here is a list of names of the candidates with their appearance markings for skipping option.

1. Mr. Gersham Cupid 5:56

2. Former Mayor Sheila Dixon 15:00

3. Ms. Elizabeth Embry 24:24

4. Mr. Patrick Gutierrez 32:33

5. Mr. DeRay McKesson 40:30

6. Councilman Nick Mosby 48:51

7. Senator Catherine Pugh 55:53

8. Councilman Carl Stokes 1:03:31

9. Ms. Cindy Walsh – Not present

10. Mr. David Warnock 1:11:41

11. Mr. Wilton Wilson 1:18:49

12. Mr. Calvin Young 1:26:50

Green Party Candidates

13. Mr. Joshua Harris 1:38:20

14. Mr. David Marriott 1:46:17

15. Mr. Emanuel McCray 1:53:32

Republican Party Candidates

16. Mr. Armand Girard 2:00:27

17. Mr. Brian Vaeth – Not present

18. Mr. Alan Walden 2:07:39

19. Mr. Larry Wardlow 2:14:50

Unaffiliated/Independent Candidates

20. Mr. Nicholas Caminiti 2:21:40

21. Mr. Frank Logan 2:30:37

22. Ms. Lavern Murray 2:38:00

23. Mr. Collins Otonna 2:45:30

As reported by The Baltimore SunA mistrial was declared Wednesday in the trial of Baltimore Police Officer William G. Porter, after jurors told a judge they could not reach a verdict on any of the four charges against him.

“I do declare a mistrial,” Judge Barry G. Williams announced in a downtown courtroom.

Porter, 26, was charged with involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office. He is the first of six city police officers to stand trial in the death of Freddie Gray.

Attorneys are expected to appear in court Thursday morning in front of an administrative judge to pick a retrial date. Porter is not scheduled to attend.

It’s unclear whether Porter’s retrial will affect the trial dates for the other five officers, who are scheduled to be tried separately and consecutively beginning Jan. 6.

The State’s Attorney’s Office did not comment Wednesday, citing a “gag order that pertains to all cases related to Freddie Gray.” Gray, 25, suffered a broken neck and severe spinal cord injury in the back of a police transport van after his arrest on April 12. His death a week later prompted widespread protests against police brutality, and his funeral was followed by the most intense rioting and looting in the city since the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968. Read more here

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