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  • The Civilian Review Board ups its game

    The Civilian Review Board ups its game

    Baltimore residents who want to file a misconduct or brutality complaint against a police officer typically report to the police themselves—and most people think this is their only option. It's not. Kisha Brown, who directs Baltimore's Office of Civil Rights & Wage Enforcement, oversees the city's...

  • Baltimore City Power Rankings: Green party, West family, BCPS, and more

    Baltimore City Power Rankings: Green party, West family, BCPS, and more

    ↑ West family Last week, the family of Tyrone West—a man who died in police custody in July 2013—announced an independent forensic review which disputes West's autopsy. The review claims West did not die of a "bad heart" but because he could not breathe—"positional asphyxia." This review comes...

  • Police shoot a 14-year-old thinking his BB gun is real

    Police shoot a 14-year-old thinking his BB gun is real

    LAST week was an unusually busy news cycle in Baltimore. On Tuesday, State Sen. Catherine Pugh defeated 12 candidates to win the Democratic mayoral primary, which in this predominantly Democratic city means she is almost certainly Baltimore's next mayor. The City Council race attracted dozens of...

  • Four events related to Freddie Gray and racial justice this week

    Four events related to Freddie Gray and racial justice this week

    Devin Allen + Kwame Rose: One Year Later April 20 Last week, Marilyn Mosby spoke at Impact Hub and toward the end, during a very, very brief Q&A session, Kelly Holsey, the fiance of Keith Davis Jr. (a man shot by police last year whose case has been taken up by activists), stood up and challenged...

  • Among 'legacy' cities, Baltimore's housing crisis stands out

    On March 28, when 900 N. Payson St. fell on Thomas Lemmon, a 69-year-old retired truck driver in his prized Cadillac, it was one more tragic reminder of the dangers lurking in poor city neighborhoods. Lemmon died, a city contractor cleared the rubble, and things continued as normal in the West...

  • Questions arise about salaried no-shows at Liquor Board

    Questions arise about salaried no-shows at Liquor Board

    Let's say, for the sake of argument, that Maryland State Senator Joan Carter Conway's husband, Vernon "Tim" Conway, collected an annual salary of up to $73,000 from the Baltimore Board of Liquor License Commissioners for more than a decade, despite doing zero work. If that were true—and it was...

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