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Advocates Say Black Women Left Out of Freddie Gray Conversation
More attention needed to black women in policing debate

  December 25, 2014

Grand Jury Indicts 6 Officers in Death of Freddie Gray
Prosecutors remove false imprisonment charge, add reckless endangerment.

  May 21, 2015

Pressure Mounts on Baltimore Police Union as Protests Continue
Residents says FOP has gone too far with criticism while organization hires PR firm.

  May 21, 2015

Can the DOJ Reform the Baltimore Police Department?
The Real News examines the results and limitations of previous federal interventions aiming to reform troubled police departments

  May 21, 2015

Baltimore Residents Say Anger Over Freddie Gray Could Affect Mayor's Race
City Hall seen as out of touch with residents' concerns

  May 20, 2015

NAACP Accuses Baltimore Police Union of Intimidation
A pointed letter to FOP president says the union's criticism is widening the racial divide.

  May 20, 2015

New Hoops in Gilmor Homes
An unfiltered look at the Friend of a Friend Program's efforts to build community in Gilmor Homes of Baltimore.

  May 17, 2015

Baltimore Prosecutor Mosby: I'm Just Doing My Job
State's attorney Marilyn Mosby says she is not surprised by the onslaught of criticism over her decision to charge six officers in the death of Baltimore resident Freddie Gray.

  May 15, 2015

Black Officers Rally Around Cop Accused in Death of Freddie Gray
Advocates for Sgt Alicia White say racism within the department contributed to charges against her.

  May 14, 2015

Former Baltimore Cop: You Can't Enforce the Law by Breaking It
Stephen Tabeling says police who are hesitant in wake of Freddie Gray indictments don't understand the law.

  May 12, 2015

Did Freddie Have a Right to Run?
TRNN's Paul Jay, Attorney A. Dwight Pettit and law professor Byron Warnken discuss whether or not the Baltimore police had a right to use force to stop Freddie Gray; the States Attorney has said the arrest was illegal, but has not commented on the stop.

  May 11, 2015

The Global African: Freddie Gray Pt. 2
TeleSUR's The Global African continues to examine the aftermath of Freddie Gray's death in Baltimore.

  May 11, 2015

Baltimore Public Defender: Teens Targeted by School to Prison Pipeline
Statistics show Baltimore youth face more arrests, more likely to be charged than suburban counterparts.

  May 8, 2015

Mayor Declines to Up Job Funding for Baltimore Youth
3000 applicants may be turned down as advocates say more, not less funding needed

  May 8, 2015

Former Cop: The BPD Needs to Be "Purged"
Retired Maryland State Police Major Neill Franklin says bad cops and illegal policies need to changed from within

  May 8, 2015

Was the Baltimore Curfew Legal?
TRNN's Paul Jay, Attorney A. Dwight Pettit, law professor Byron Warnken discuss and debate if the curfew and state of emergency that eliminated the right of free assembly after 10pm was justified

  May 7, 2015

Activists Say Feds Alone Won't Fix Police Department
Is community control needed to reform law enforcement in Baltimore?

  May 7, 2015

The Fire This Time: A Town Hall Discussion
TRNN Town Hall discussion on who is listening to Baltimore's youth.

  May 7, 2015

Did State's Attorney Mosby Overcharge the Six Baltimore Police?
Attorney A. Dwight Pettit and law professor Byron Warnken discuss the accusation that the charges laid against six Baltimore police "overreached"

  May 6, 2015

Was it Legal to Hold Baltimore Protestors More Than 24 Hours Without Bail?
Attorney Dwight Petit and law professor Byron Warnken discuss a judges decision that upheld holding protestors without bail for up to 47 hours

  May 6, 2015

Baltimore Youth on Being Called Thugs
Members of Dew More Baltimore talk about what politicians and media had to say about Baltimore Youth last week

  May 4, 2015

A Camera Prevents an Arrest
Baltimore police admit that camera presence during an interaction with a young man prevented his arrest.

  May 4, 2015

What Conditions Gave Rise to the Baltimore Uprising?
Community activists Marisela Gomez, Kimberly Ellis, and Shaquayah McKenzie also discuss the conversations in the media about Black life and Baltimore

  May 4, 2015

Rapper and Baltimore Algebra Project Activist Talks Being a Black Man in Baltimore
Comrade, Baltimore rapper and activist exclusively talks to The Real Music host Angel Elliott about police brutality and activism.

  May 3, 2015

After School Lets Out: Parents, Friends, Tanks
Teenagers at Frederick Douglas High School in West Baltimore said they felt threatened by the National Guard trucks, humvees, and soldiers that greeted them at 4:00pm on Friday.

  December 31, 1969

Over 5,000 Students Call For Change From the Top in Baltimore
Baltimore United for Change partners with youth activists organizations in Baltimore to protest police brutality in the city.

  May 3, 2015

On May Day, Port Workers Say Black Lives Matter
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 10 in Oakland organized a work stoppage to protest police brutality

  May 2, 2015

Was Baltimore's Curfew a Dress Rehearsal for Martial Law?
TRNN senior editor Paul Jay, civil rights attorney A. Dwight Pettit, and law professor Doug Colbert also discuss the legality of Freddie Gray's arrest

  May 2, 2015

What Comes After Protests?
Baltimore panelists discuss police reform, grassroots organizing, and protestor's demands

  May 2, 2015

Protestors Defy the Curfew
TRNN's Paul Jay went down to Baltimore City Hall on Friday night

  May 2, 2015

Voices From the Epicenter of Protest
TRNN Correspondent Eddie Conway speaks with residents of Gilmor Homes about the charges brought against 6 Baltimore police officers

  May 2, 2015

Will Indictment Lead to Systemic Change in Baltimore?
TRNN senior editor Paul Jay and civil rights attorney A. Dwight Pettit discuss the implications of Marilyn Mosby's Friday morning announcement.

  May 2, 2015

The Global African: Freddie Gray and The State of Black Politics
The Global African's Bill Fletcher takes a look at the Freddie Gray protests and the state of black politics

  May 1, 2015

Man Who Filmed Gray's Arrest: "We're Fighting for Freedom"
Kevin Moore talks to TRNN's Eddie Conway from Gilmor Homes

  May 1, 2015

This Time, Young People Rose Up
Activist Zachary Murray says police violence is a symptom of a larger problem in Baltimore

  May 1, 2015

The Protesters Got Us the Indictment, Says Congressman
Elijah Cummings, whose district includes half of Baltimore City, says this is a great day for Baltimore City

  May 1, 2015

The Blowback of Zero-Tolerance Policing
Former FBI agent Tyrone Powers responds to the indictment of six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray

  May 1, 2015

Freddie Gray Supporters Wary of Maryland Medical Examiner
Rulings in past on use of force cases seen as impediment to efforts to hold police accountable

  May 1, 2015

What We Know About the Multiple Investigations into Freddie Gray's Death
TRNN Investigative journalist Stephen Janis discusses the investigations into Freddie Gray's death and responds to comments made by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

  April 30, 2015

Baltimore Civil Rights Attorney Casts Doubt on Claim Gray Injured Himself
A. Dwight Pettit says the leaked police report stating Freddie Gray injured himself fits into a long pattern of police disinformation

  April 30, 2015

Survivor of Police Brutality: Baltimore Law Enforcement Lied in My Case
Fenyanga Muhammad was shot three times in the back and once in his left hand and was never found guilty of any crime

  April 30, 2015

Talib Kweli on Why Black Lives Matter
The Real Music Exclusive: Hip Hop Artist Talib Kweli sits down with TRNN host Angel Elliott in Baltimore. Produced by Charneice Fox Richardson

  April 30, 2015

The Nation Reacts
From San Diego to Seattle to New York City, where 100 people were arrested Wednesday, people stood in solidarity with Baltimore.

  April 30, 2015

Community Has Minimal Confidence in Freddie Gray Investigation, Says Baltimore Pastor
Pastor Jamal Bryant of the Empowerment Temple AME Church reacts to news of a previously undisclosed fourth stop of the police van in which Freddie Gray suffered an 80 percent severed spine

  April 30, 2015

How One Baltimore Community Reduced Murders Without the Police
Members of the Rose Street Community talk about their efforts to transform how their neighborhood deals with violence and the police's attempt to take credit for reducing murders there

  April 30, 2015

Police Commissioner Says No New Evidence of Force-Related Injuries to Freddie Gray
As protestors surrounded City Hall, Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts briefed elected officials in a closed door meeting on the latest in the investigation of Freddie Gray's death

  April 30, 2015

Mainstream TV's Attention to Property Destruction Overshadows Killing of Freddie Gray
TRNN's Eddie Conway and Megan Sherman and Baltimore City firefighter Gary Nelson give the real account of the encounter between Baltimore youth and police on Monday and discuss the underlying conditions that produced it

  April 29, 2015

As Protests Continue in Baltimore, What Should the Community Do Next?
Lutalo Tyehimba, Marisela Gomez, and A. Dwight Pettit discuss the next steps for activists and the community in Baltimore

  April 29, 2015

Baltimore Bloods, Crips: We Don't Need Police, We Protect Our Own
TRNN's Angel Elliott talks exclusively with Baltimore gang members about their relationship with police, and the past week of unrest.

  April 29, 2015

Media Focuses on Violence, Ignores Poverty and Policy in Baltimore
Maryland State Delegate Jill Carter, Michaela Brown of the Baltimore Bloc, and Baltimore teacher Meghann Harris discuss how the mainstream is covering Baltimore

  April 29, 2015

"Thugs," "Hooligans," and "Riots," Challenging Narratives with Dominque Stevenson
Host Jared Ball gets activist Dominque Stevenson's eye-witness account on the events that precipitated Monday's #Baltimoreuprising

  April 29, 2015

What Do Solutions Look Like
Former City Council President Lawrence Bell, attorney A. Dwight Petit and TRNN Senior Editor Paul Jay discuss what public policy might address the underlying the crisis facing Baltimore

  April 29, 2015

Poverty in Baltimore is No Accident
Former City Council President Lawrence Bell, attorney A. Dwight Pettit and TRNN Senior Editor Paul Jay discuss the systemic reasons and deliberate policies that led to the murder of Freddie Gray and the protests that followed

  April 29, 2015

Police Were Harassing Students Before Monday's Outrage
Exclusive documents obtained by The Real News show how police officers engaged in a pattern of abuse before the killing of Freddie Gray by arresting teenagers who were waiting to take the bus back home in the same neighborhood in Northwest Baltimore that would erupt and lead to the chaos seen this week.

  April 28, 2015

Senior Center Fire Shines Light on Long-Neglected Baltimore Communities
Pastor Donte Hickman of the Southern Baptist Church says the looting and arson are responses of the unheard people in Baltimore city

  April 28, 2015

At Freddie Gray's Funeral, A Call for Real Change
Mourners say city leaders must finally pay attention to the consequences of police brutality in Baltimore

  April 28, 2015

Fury in the Streets of Baltimore
Protestors threw rocks and burned cars after the funeral of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old African-American man who was killed by police earlier this month.

  April 28, 2015

Freddie Gray Laid to Rest, Baltimore Youth Rise Up
TRNN's Eddie Conway reports on Freddie Gray's funeral and explains the context for the outburst of anger and frustration by youth in Baltimore

  April 27, 2015

Hundreds Protest in Baltimore, No Police Yet Charged in Freddie Gray's Death
TRNN reports from protests against police brutality and impunity in the death of 25-year old African American Freddie Gray

  April 26, 2015

Freddie Gray and the Legacy of Slavery in Baltimore Policing
Historian Gerald Horne says the police culture that allows violence with impunity grew out of the slave patrols, which like today, used force to defend the economic order.

  April 26, 2015

In Freddie Gray's Neighborhood, Residents Say Police Harassment is Constant
Lifelong residents say they can't even stand outside on a summer day

  April 24, 2015

Town Hall Recap: Should the Community Control the Police?
In the wake of Freddie Gray's death, TRNN replays a community Town Hall hosted by Marc Steiner, where Baltimore residents, lawyers, police and activists gathered to discuss what to do about police brutality in their city

  April 24, 2015

A Look at Failed Police Reform Efforts in the Wake of Freddie Gray's Death
TRNN speaks to advocate Dayvon Love about the failed efforts to reform Maryland law blamed for protecting abusive officers.

  April 23, 2015

The True Toll of Policing in Baltimore - The Arrest of a 7-Year-Old
Long before Baltimore police were thrust into the national spotlight for recent allegations of brutality, the arrest of a child for sitting on a dirt bike made international headlines.

  April 23, 2015

TRNN Town Hall: In Conversation with Michelle Alexander
Discussing the school to prison pipeline

  April 22, 2015

In Their Own Voices: Protestors Speak Out as Feds Start Probe of Freddie Gray's Death
The community is outraged over yet another police custody death in Baltimore.

  April 22, 2015

Michelle Alexander: Baltimore Must Organize to Stop Police Brutality
Renowned author of 'The New Jim Crow' says the death of Freddie Gray points to the need for concerted community action to halt excessive force targeted at African Americans

  April 22, 2015

Analysts say Wall Street Fees Costing Baltimore Water Bureau Millions
$55 million spent on exotic interest rate swaps to fund water bonds between 2003-2014, and total fees could reach beyond $200 million for all deals in the near future.

  April 23, 2015

A Walk Through The Neighborhood Where Freddie Gray Lived and Died
The Real News presents an interview with former Baltimore City official Lawrence Bell, who says policing has created apartheid-like conditions in Baltimore neighborhoods like the Gilmore Homes

  April 21, 2015

Baltimore Man Dies From Injuries Sustained While In Police Detention
Protesters mobilize in response to the death of 25 year-old Baltimore resident Freddie Gray

  April 20, 2015

Official: Baltimore Cutting Water to Hundreds of Residents and Zero Corporations
City residents rally against water shutoffs, but city officials maintain their necessity

  April 16, 2015

Safe Streets: Baltimore's Secret Crime Fighting Weapon
Baltimore's Safe Streets program was found to decrease homicides by 50% in the four areas it has been deployed, so why is the program underfunded?

  April 16, 2015

Empowering Baltimore Youth with Media, Art, Activism, and Pan-African Culture.
Ras Tre Subira, founder of The Griot's Eye program, discusses his African-Centered approach to education and the use of media, art, and traveling abroad to Africa to inspire inner city youth to develop knowledge of self and create alternatives to mainstream media.

  April 14, 2015

The Story of a Struggle to Keep East Baltimore's Men and Families Center Open
The Real News Network takes a look at the center's efforts to overcome obstacles and continue to serve the community.

  April 13, 2015

Civil Rights Lawyer: Police and Politicians Hide Evidence in Brutality Cases
Investigative journalist Stephen Janis talks to civil rights lawyer A. Dwight Pettit about how the political establishment works with police departments to thwart investigations of police brutality cases

  April 12, 2015

Civil Rights Attorney Says Cops Have Been Shooting Unarmed People in the Back for Years
Investigative Journalist Stephen Janis discusses the shooting of unarmed man by a North Charleston police officer with civil rights attorney A. Dwight Pettit and its implications for police accountability in Maryland.

  April 9, 2015

As Losses Mount for Taxpayer Backed Hotel, Politicians Scatter
Investigative Journalist Stephen Janis discusses the growing burden for city taxpayers of supporting the ailing Baltimore Convention Center Hotel with Heywood Sanders, a professor of public administration from the University of Texas, San Antonio.

  April 10, 2015

Unpaid Corporate Bills Weigh Heavily on Baltimore's Looming Water Shutoffs
The Baltimore Sun's Luke Broadwater discusses the details behind the city's push to collect unpaid water bills, including his investigation into major corporate scofflaws

  April 6, 2015

Board's Decision Raises More Questions about Tax Breaks for Developers
Stephen Janis examines the debate about the fairness of lucrative tax breaks in light of a recent decision to withhold one from a struggling city neighborhood

  April 1, 2015

The Fight for Fair Housing for Baltimore Renters
TRNN speaks to advocates fighting for Baltimore's tenants to have more power in rent court

  March 30, 2015

Baltimore Prosecutor Reviewing Evidence in Death of Activist
A decade-long struggle to overturn the suicide ruling on the death of minority contractor Robert Clay is finally gaining traction

  March 29, 2015

Baltimore Council President Stands Firm on Rec Center Demands
TRNN's Stephen Janis talks to Council President Jack Young about why he's holding legislation to authorize new spending on recreation centers

  March 25, 2015

Baltimore Police Commissioner: Racism Causes Pain, Violence in the Community
TRNN's Stephen Janis looks at the evolving dialog about the role of racism in crime

  March 23, 2015

The True Toll of Policing in Baltimore
Investigative Journalist Stephen Janis interviews Sgt. Louis Hopson, whose decades long battle fighting discrimination inside the Baltimore Police Department came at a high personal cost

  March 24, 2015

Report Finds At Least 109 Killed in Police Custody in Maryland From 2010-2014
ACLU-MD finds African-Americans killed by police at disproportional rate, only two officers charged in the killings, and no state mechanism to track or learn from fatal encounters

  March 20, 2015

The True Cost of Incarceration in Baltimore's Poorest Neighborhoods
TRNN's Stephen Janis talks to Justice Policy Institute Executive Director Marc Schindler about how Maryland spends millions incarcerating residents of inner city neighborhoods

  March 20, 2015

Men and Families Center Fights Shutdown
Members of the community center speak out against a decision to close it due to fire code violations

  March 12, 2015

2015 State of Baltimore City: Mayor Reinforces 'Flawed' Crime-fighting Program
Veteran officer Neill Franklin and Rose Street Community Center's Clayton Guyton explain their concerns regarding Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announcement on Operation Ceasefire in Baltimore's Eastern District

  March 10, 2015

Baltimore Offering Tax Breaks to Developers Amidst Crumbling Infrastructure
The Sun's City Hall reporter Luke Broadwater discusses reporting on an epidemic of water main breaks, uncovering workers compensation payouts for police responsible for fatal shootings, and the millions of dollars paid out to teachers annually who are injured on the job

  March 9, 2015

How Will State Budget Cuts Affect the Homeless in Baltimore?
TRNN speaks to advocates fighting to overturn budget cuts that they say will impact the poor and homeless populations who recently endured harsh winter weather

  March 6, 2015

Unions Fight Controversial Charter School Expansion Bill
TRNN speaks to supporters and opponents of Gov. Hogan's proposal to increase freedoms for charter schools, while critics warn the measures could lead to abuse and undermine collective bargaining

  February 28, 2015

Baltimore College Fights To Keep Accreditation Status
TRNN speaks to a faculty member from Sojourner Douglass College, which is facing financial shortfalls due to the Federal Pell Grant and the Parent PLUS loan

  February 27, 2015

Maryland Police Reform Advocates and Opponents Speak Out Prior to Hearing
TRNN's Jaisal Noor speaks to supporters and opponents of reforms that will determine the role of communities in how police abuse is handled

  February 27, 2015

Baltimore's Harbor-Front Development at the Expense of City Infrastructure and Schools
The Baltimore Sun's Luke Broadwater says Baltimore's push to give tax-breaks and incentives to developers has Baltimore City's schools losing tens of millions of dollars in state funding

  March 2, 2015

'Ceasefire' Police Program Missing Social Services and Jobs Plan
TRNN examines the nationally acclaimed homicide prevention program "Operation Ceasefire" amid allegations Baltimore is not funding the crucial outreach component that provides a critical escape to at-risk populations

  February 14, 2015

Why Do We Kill? The Pathology of Murder in Baltimore (1/3)
Retired Baltimore Homicide Detective Kelvin Sewell and investigative journalist Stephen Janis explain why they decided to write "Why Do We Kill?"

  February 10, 2015

Police Violence and Militarization Town Hall (4/4)
In the final part of the of the Police Violence and Militarization Town Hall discussion hosted by South Organizing Against Racism (SOAR), participants debate what kind of political strategy the movement should adopt

  February 10, 2015

What Do Effective Violence Reduction Programs Look Like? (1/2)
TRNN speaks to nationally recognized gun violence expert Daniel Webster about new models of homicide reduction programs and how they are breaking with the past

  February 16, 2015

Police Violence and Militarization Town Hall (3/4)
In part three of the Police Violence and Militarization Town Hall discussion hosted by South Organizing Against Racism (SOAR), participants discuss if the #Blacklivesmatter movement should develop an electoral strategy and consider breaking with the two-party system

  February 6, 2015

Baltimore Schools Facing Cuts in State Budget
Legislators, residents and advocates tell the Real News they are preparing to fight back against Republican Governor Larry Hogan's proposed cutbacks that will disproportionally affect low income students of color

  February 4, 2015



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