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After Baltimore, what hope for change?

Protests turn violent in wake of Freddie Gray deathHalf a century after the Watts riots — and 23 years after the riots following the Rodney King-beating verdict — the persistence of police brutality, racism, poverty and economic neglect in America’s inner cities has erupted afresh as a topic riveting the nation.

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Six Baltimore cops charged in death of Gray, one with murder

Baltimore state attorney Marilyn Mosby speaks on recent violence in BaltimoreBy Scott Malone and Ian Simpson BALTIMORE (Reuters) - 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 said on Friday. Freddie Gray, who died in hospital a week after his arrest on April 12, was in handcuffs and shackles but otherwise was not restrained inside the van, a violation of police department policy, prosecutor Marilyn Mosby said at a news conference. The Maryland state medical examiner had ruled Gray's death a homicide, Mosby said. She said the officers failed to give Gray the medical attention he asked for and that his arrest was unlawful.

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New York mayor refutes allegations that police adopting tougher strategy for protests

New York City Mayor de Blasio speaks to guests during the Whitney Museum of American Art Dedication Ceremony in New YorkBy Hilary Russ NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio denied that the city had toughened its policing strategy in response to the riots in Baltimore after some lawmakers accused the city's police force of overly aggressive tactics in its handling of protests on Wednesday night. During a series of marches across Manhattan to protest the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who suffered severe spinal injuries while in police custody in Baltimore, there were 143 arrests, mainly for obstructing traffic.

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Unconventional launch for unconventional candidate: Sanders 2016

Sanders to Focus on Economy, Campaign Finance in 2016There were no “Bernie 2016!” placards, no cheering masses, no carefully curated Americana-themed campaign song selections here at the Capitol Thursday when Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., announced his intention to seek the Democratic nomination for president in 2016.

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Liberal U.S. Senator Sanders to challenge Clinton in 2016 race

U.S. Senator Sanders holds news conference after announcing his candidacy for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Emily Stephenson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont, launched a long-shot bid for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination on Thursday, a move likely to pressure Hillary Clinton from the left on issues from income inequality to corporate governance. "How do we create an economy that works for all of our people, rather than a small number of billionaires?" The 73-year-old, second-term senator faces long odds against the fund-raising might and name recognition of Clinton - the Democratic front-runner and former U.S. secretary of state, senator and first lady - to head the Democratic presidential slate in the November 2016 election. Sanders highlighted his fight against authorizing the Iraq war, which Clinton voted for as a senator, and his opposition to trade deals that liberals and labor unions fear could hurt American workers. Clinton has not expressed her position but said trade deals should help workers and protect U.S. security.

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Scant details from Gray death probe disappoint protesters

BALTIMORE (AP) — The refusal of authorities to provide more than a few sketchy details about the Freddie Gray investigation may be legally appropriate, but many people in Baltimore were finding it hard to be patient Thursday when police revealed next to nothing about the criminal investigation they turned over to the state's attorney's office.

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