Crime

Where Sidewalk Chalk Laws Clash With Free Speech

A federal court has ruled that a Las Vegas ban on street chalking can’t be enforced selectively. Across the country, there’s more at stake than hopscotch.

The Jail Cell or the Ambulance?

In a three-year stretch, Baltimore central booking turned away 2,600 people arrested by police, but found by corrections officers to have serious injuries or illnesses.

A Federal Civil-Rights Probe in Baltimore

Attorney General Loretta Lynch announces a formal investigation into whether police practices violate the Constitution.

Warriors vs. Guardians

Trust in local law enforcement is waning across the U.S. That's unlikely to change before policing culture does.

There Are Plenty More Baltimores

In truth, Baltimore’s economy has weathered the post-industrial transition better than most.

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Baltimore's Weekend in Protests

Scenes from Saturday's march and rally against police brutality.

Grading Baltimore's Mayor on Her Own Advice for Police

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and other mayors put together a January set of guidelines for cities on improving police-community relations. She's followed few of them herself.

Baltimore's Police Union Chief Calls for a Special Prosecutor in Gray Case

In an open letter, Gene S. Ryan cites concerns over "conflicts of interest" with Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby. But Mosby comes from a long line of police.

'We Have Probable Cause to File Criminal Charges'

A statement of arrest has been issued for officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray.

1968 and the Invention of the American Police State

Baltimore's 1968 Holy Week Uprising was quite different from the events of this week. But the response to it helped set the stage for Freddie Gray.

'We Disagree With Any Implication That Freddie Gray Severed His Own Spinal Cord'

A leaked police report suggests that the Baltimore man tried to injure himself, a notion that his family and supporters angrily reject.

In Front of Zero Fans, the Baltimore Orioles Win

In a baseball first, no one was allowed to attend Wednesday's afternoon game in the city, rescheduled during a week of civil unrest.

The History of 'Thug'

The surprisingly ancient and global etymology of a racially charged epithet.

The Next Baltimore Orioles Game Will Be Closed to the Public

Amid unrest in Baltimore, the team will play Wednesday's game against the White Sox to an empty Camden Yards.

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Baltimore Picks Itself Up After a Long, Violent Night

After hours of rioting around the city, the clean-up begins.

'Rough Rides' and the Challenges of Improving Police Culture

Freddie Gray isn't the first person to be gravely injured while riding in a police van.

The Long Fuse Behind the Violence in Baltimore

The special distrust between Baltimore residents and police goes way back.

The Orioles Waited Until the Last Possible Minute to Postpone Monday Night's Game

The decision followed reports on Saturday of drunk baseball fans taunting protesters.

More Protests, More Violence in Baltimore, and Few Answers

15 police officers are reported injured in clashes with protesters Monday.