National Media Returns to Baltimore on Anniversary of Freddie Gray’s Arrest

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Mural depicts Freddie Gray, via Flickriver.
Mural depicts Freddie Gray, via Flickriver.

On April 12, 2015, Freddie Gray was arrested, and driven around West Baltimore in the back of a police van before being taken to the hospital. He died a week later of a spinal cord injury. With this first in a series of anniversaries related to the events surrounding Gray’s death and the unrest that followed, the national media focus is back on Baltimore. In place of our usual afternoon headlines, here’s a look at 5 stories with the theme of “Baltimore, One Year Later”:

New York Times reporters Sheryl Gay Stolberg and John Eligon, who have covered Baltimore for the last year, talk about the state of Baltimore in a conversation. Pointing out the “intense love that people there have for the city,” Stolberg says the “mind-set has changed” around creating change in Baltimore, even if the issues remain. And she points out that the trials of the officers charged in Gray’s death aren’t resolved.

ABC has a play-by-play look at all of the events of last April in Baltimore.

Ebony looks at the winners and losers of the last year. SRB and the Police Department are on the losing side, while Elijah Cummings and corporate pharmacies end up in the winners’ column.

Time has a slideshow from photographer Benjamin Hoste showing life in Gray’s West Baltimore neighborhood of Sandtown-Winchester one year later.

The Huffington Post says Baltimore has made “slow progress” with mentions of the mayor’s race, local hiring initiative from local businesses and an interview with the Gray family’s attorney, Billy Murphy.

And if you’re in the mood for a local #longread, Baltimore Magazine looks at the historical context of the issues in West Baltimore that Gray’s death and the uprising brought to attention.

Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.

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