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Judge clears another officer in Freddie Gray case

Police | Verdict raises doubt prosecutors will get a criminal conviction in the case
by Evan Wilt
Posted 7/18/16, 01:24 pm

A Baltimore judge acquitted Lt. Brian Rice, the highest-ranking officer tied to the death of Freddie Gray, of all charges today.

This is the fourth time prosecutors have failed to secure a conviction against any of the six officers connected to the Gray case. Prosecutors accused Rice of involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment, and misconduct in office for failing to seatbelt Gray in a police van, where he fatally broke his neck. Today Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams threw out each charge, citing a lack of evidence.

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Police searching for motive in Baton Rouge shooting

Shooting | Investigators are asking anyone who knew shooter Gavin Long to come forward
by Leigh Jones
Posted 7/18/16, 08:58 am

Investigators in Baton Rouge, La., are interviewing people who knew the man who shot and killed three officers there Sunday morning, and they are asking others to come forward.

Today, state police Col. Mike Edmonson said shooter Gavin Long certainly targeted the six officers he shot. One of the three wounded officers remains in critical condition today.

“His movements, his direction, his attention was on police officers,” Edmonson said.

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Conversations on race and violence

Race Issues | Reactions to the recent shootings from a cross section of American Christians
by Emily Belz & Sophia Lee
Posted 7/16/16, 03:51 pm

The July Fourth week of violence in America—the police shootings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, La., and Philando Castile in St. Paul, Minn., and the sniper-attack killing five police officers in Dallas—has elicited numerous debates about the root causes and what we as a country should do next.

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