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Baton Rouge holds vigils for slain officers

Police | Men remembered for their love of cars and devotion to their families
by Molly Hulsey
Posted 7/20/16, 10:10 am

Baton Rouge law enforcement officers Brad Garafola, Matthew Gerald, and Montrell Jackson loved to showcase their horse-powered toys.

On Facebook, Jackson proudly posted photos of his “garage queen”—a slick, coal-black Camaro—along with shots of his 4-month-old son, date-night kisses from his wife, and police artwork.

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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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