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A Baltimore police officer was
charged with murder and five others
with lesser charges in the death of
a black man who suffered a critical
neck injury while riding inside a
police van, the city ’s chief prosecutor
Freddie Gray, who died in hospital a
week after his arrest on April 12, was in
handcuffs and shackles but other wise
was not restrained inside the van, a
violation of police department policy,
prosecutor Marilyn Mosby said at a
The Maryland State medical
examiner had ruled Gray ’s death a
homicide, Mosby said. The officer
charged with murder was the driver
of the vehicle. She said the officers
failed to give Gray the medical
attention he asked for and that his
arrest was unlawful.
The death of 25-year-old Gray has
become the latest flashpoint in a
national outcry over the treatment
of African-Americans and other
minority groups by United States law
“ To the people of Baltimore and
the demonstrators across America,
I heard your call for ‘no justice,
no peace.’ Your peace is sincerely
needed as I work to deliver justice on
behalf of this young man,” Mosby, a
35-year-old African-American who
took office in January, said.
The decision to bring charges and
the speed at which Mosby made the
announcement, a day after the police
department handed over an internal
report, seemed to catch Baltimore
and the country by surprise.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
said five of the six officers were under
The charges brought jubilation and
relief to people on the streets of West
Baltimore, the neighbourhood where
angry people looted, burned cars and
clashed with police on Monday night.
“I am shocked that they were
charged but I am happy they were
charged,” James Crump, 46, a medical
technician, said. “People are happy
and celebrating, and it’s not even
New Year’s Eve.”
Baltimore endured a night of rioting
after Gray ’s funeral on Monday, and
protests spread to other major cities
in a reprise of demonstrations set off
by police killings last year of unarmed
black men in Ferguson, Missouri,
New York and elsewhere.
After Mosby spoke, members of
the gang Bloods, Crips and Black
Guerrilla Family stood at the centre
of a Baltimore intersection holding
up bandannas tied together to show
unity. Gang members were part of a
force of volunteer peace keepers after
Monday ’s violence.
Charges against the six police officers
range from second-degree “depraved
heart ” murder to manslaughter to
assault and misconduct in office.
Officer Caesar R Goodson Jr, the
driver of the police vehicle, faces
a maximum penalty of 30 years if
convicted on the murder count.
Other offences carry prison terms of
between three years and 10 years.
Goodson also faces a charge of
involuntary manslaughter, as are
three others: sergeant Alicia D
White, officer William G Porter
and lieutenant Brian Rice. All six
face lesser charges, including officer
Edward M Nero and officer Garrett
In Ferguson and New York last year,
grand juries decided against charging
officers who were involved in the
deaths of two unarmed black men.
The news triggered rioting in the
St Louis suburb and days of protest
marches in New York and other cities.
President Barack Obama took
the unusual step of commenting on
charges in an open case, highlighting
the importance the issue of police
conduct toward minority groups has
assumed over the past year.
“It is absolutely vital that the truth
comes out in what happened to
Freddie Gray,” Obama said. “I think
what the people in Baltimore want
more than anything else is the truth.
That ’s what people in our country
Mosby promptly rejected a call by
the union representing the officers
for the appointment of a special
In an open letter, the Fraternal
Order of Police, Baltimore City
Lodge No 3, said Mosby had conflicts
of interest because she is married
to a city councilman with political
aspirations and knows a Gray family
lawyer. The union said the officers
were only doing their jobs and were
not responsible for Gray ’s death.
Representatives of Gray ’s family
were not immediately available for
Mosby said the fatal injury occurred
after the van stopped to allow officers
to remove Gray, shackle his legs and
put him back inside, one of four
stops between the arrest and the
van’s arrival at the a booking centre.
Officers failed to secure Gray in seat
restraints at every stage of the ride,
“Mr Gray suffered a severe and
critical neck injury as a result of
being handcuffed, shackled by his
feet and unrestrained inside of the
BPD wagon,” Mosby said, whose
family includes generations of law
Gray was no longer breathing when
he was finally removed from the van,
Mosby said. She also said that Gray ’s
arrest was illegal. Officers had said
that he was carrying a switchblade
knife in violation of the law, but the
prosecutor said it was in fact a folding
knife that was legal to carry.
Mosby said her office had been
conducting a parallel investigation
while awaiting the findings of the
internal police probe.
Police charged with murder, manslaughter
Visitors to the Dachau concentration camp attend the former camp site, yesterday in Germany. Dachau was the first Nazi
concentration camp and began operation in 1933 to hold political prisoners, though it later expanded to include Jews, common
criminals and foreign nationals. It ser ved mainly as a source of slave labour during World War Two and included approximately 100
sub-camps spread across southern Germany and Austria. At least 30,000 inmates died before its liberation by United States troops
on April 29, 1945. Sur vivers and liberators of the camp commemorate the 70th anniversar y of the liberation between April 29 and
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New York jury deliberations resume for a 13th day
Jury deliberations resumed for a 13th day
overnight in the trial of a former deli worker
who confessed to the 1979 killing of Etan
Patz, a New York City boy whose picture was
among the first to appear on milk cartons in
a United States campaign to locate missing
The panel has been struggling to decide
kidnapping and murder charges against Pedro
Hernandez, 54, in the death of six-year-old
Patz. After telling Justice Maxwell Wiley in
the State Supreme Court in Manhattan that
it was deadlocked on Wednesday, the jury
has been returning to court on his orders to
continue trying to reach a verdict.
In 2012, Hernandez confessed to police that
he had choked Patz in the basement of the
deli, stuffed him in a box and left the boy ’s
still-moving body in an alley. Hernandez’s
lawyers argued that he is mentally ill and that
police coerced his confession.
Patz’s 1979 disappearance from his Soho
neighbourhood in Manhattan brought
national attention to the issue of abducted
children and changed the way the United
States responds to reports of missing kids.
Patz vanished on May 25, 1979 as he walked
alone for the first time to a school bus stop.
The crime long haunted New Yorkers who can
recall the massive search for the missing blond
boy, who was never found. He was declared
dead in 2001.
Hernandez’s defence lawyers have put the
blame for the boy ’s disappearance on Jose
Ramos, whose girlfriend walked Patz home
from school and who was long considered the
prime suspect. Ramos, convicted of sexually
abusing boys, is ser ving a prison term in
Pennsylvania. Hernandez’s wife, Rosemary,
and daughter, Becky, have been present in
court throughout the jury’s deliberations.
Patz’s father, Stan Patz, who was present
throughout the trial, has been absent from
court since the jury began deliberations.
If the jury stalemate holds and a mistrial is
declared, the prosecution will have to decide
whether to retry the case.
Ben E King, the soul singer whose Gospel-
influenced Stand By Me became one of the
most broadcast songs of the 20th century, has
died at 76.
King, who lived in New Jersey, died of
natural causes on Thursday, spokesman Phil
R and B singer Gary US Bonds, who
collaborated with King, wrote on Facebook
that he was “one of the sweetest, gentlest and
gifted souls that I have had the privilege of
knowing and calling my friend for more than
King was born in North Carolina but
moved as a child to New York City, where he
had his start in doo wop and R and B.
He initially wrote Stand By Me for another
band before recording it himself.
Influenced by a traditional Gospel spiritual
and a Psalm, the song was led by a now
instantly identifiable bass line and featured
chord progessions common in 1950s popular
The song was first released in 1961 and went
on to become the fourth most broadcast song
on United States radio and television in the
20th century, with more than seven million
plays, according to songwriting company
The song inspired the 1986 movie Stand
By Me, a coming-of-age drama directed by
Rob Reiner, and appeared again in a jeans
The Library of Congress earlier this year
chose the song for its National Recording
Registry of American treasures.
In its announcement, the Library of
Congress said that Stand By Me carried
“perhaps the best known bassline in recording
history”, which was composed by songwriter
Mike Stoller and played by Lloyd Trotman.
“But it was King’s incandescent vocal that
made it a classic,” it said.
King remained active in his later life and
kept touring. He also set up the Stand By Me
Foundation that supported youth education.
Stand by me singer Ben E King dies
May Day protests hit Turkey
Turkish police have used water
cannons and teargas to disperse
May Day protesters in Istanbul
as tens of thousands of labour
activists turned out worldwide to
defend their rights at a time of
As Turkish police and protesters
engaged in pitched battles in some
districts of Istanbul overnight,
violent clashes also broke out in
the Italian city of Milan at the
opening of the Expo 2015.
Istanbul governor Vali Sahin
said 203 people had been arrested,
and six police and 18 protesters
had been wounded in a day of
clashes around Istanbul.
This is the first May Day in
Turkey, a national holiday in
the country, to be marked after
parliament passed a controversial
security bill this year giving the
police greater powers to crack
down on protests.
— shaken by weeks of deadly anti-
government protests in May-June
2013 — is hugely ner vous about
public demonstrations ahead of
June 7 legislative elections.
Meanwhile, thousands of people
packed into the centre of Athens
in response to a call from public
and private unions, joined by
the country’s controversial anti-
austerity Finance Minister Yanis
South-eastern Q ueensland is recovering
from an extreme storm cell that claimed the
lives of three people, including an eight-year-
The boy was killed alongside a man in his
70s and a woman in her 30s when their car
was swept away by floodwaters in Caboolture,
north of Brisbane, yesterday afternoon.
The “off-the-scale” storm cell dumped more
than 277mm on the region in less than three
hours in the afternoon, Q ueensland Premier
Annastacia Palaszczuk said.
It struck the capital in time for peak hour,
causing traffic chaos, before moving south
through the Gold Coast and weakening
towards northern New South Wales.
Dozens of people were rescued from
floodwaters as the worst of south-east
Queensland’s heavy downpours clashed with
peak hour traffic. Cars were seen floating down
flooded roads as torrential rain, damaging
winds and lightning forced the NRL to
postpone the Anzac Rugby League Test at
Suncorp Stadium to Sunday.
Train ser vices were suspended and traffic
came to a standstill on several major roads as
floodwaters cut off thoroughfares and heavy
rain led to accidents. Firefighters helped
dozens of motorists stuck in floodwaters across
Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Ser vices
Deputy Commissioner Mark Roche urged
motorists not to cross flooded roads.
“If you don’t need to go out into the weather,
then stay put.” — AAP
Queensland storm claims three lives
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