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Baltimore: A Legal Primer on Cop Indictments in Freddie Gray Case

Baltimoreans rejoiced last Friday after State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby announced the indictment and arrest of six police officers allegedly connected to the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old local man, while in their custody after an illegal arrest April 12.
Gray, who suffered a severed spinal cord and crushed voice box among other injuries, died a week later. His death touched off a series of protests locally and nationally, including a rebellion in Baltimore that was quashed by martial law.
Indictment of the police officers, however, is no guarantee of convictions in the case, says our guest, "Attorney at War" Alton H. Maddox Jr. There are major legal obstacles to overcome,  he says, noting that the Baltimore Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3, the officers' union, has already asserted that the officers did nothing wrong. 
Maddox, an expert on police-brutality and wrongful-death litigation, provides a legal primer on the case.

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Free Your Mind ... and Ours, Too!
Now is the time for all good folk to come to the aid of each other. Put forward your best thoughts, analyses and ideas about issues and events of the week and keep us all grounded. 
It's "Free Your Mind Friday" on Leid Stories, the best open forum on the planet. Call in (888-874-4888; it’s free!) and dazzle us with your insights. 

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Making Their Bones in Baltimore (Part 2)

The crisis in Baltimore has become a  backdrop for media hounds, political pundits, talking heads and just about every variety of sound-byte opportunist. Yet the systemic problems that are the Gordian knot around the embattled city are again being given short shrift. 
Even the "liberal" media are fully engaged in providing "coverage" that has more to do with sensationalism, stereotype and self-promotion than getting at the root of systemic problems that belie claims of social, political, economic and racial progress in America. 
Leid Stories tackles the issue head on.

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Making Their Bones in Baltimore

The crisis in Baltimore has become a  backdrop for media hounds, political pundits, talking heads and just about every variety of sound-byte opportunist. Yet the systemic problems that are the Gordian knot around the embattled city are again being given short shrift. 
Even the "liberal" media are fully engaged in providing "coverage" that has more to do with sensationalism, stereotype and self-promotion than getting at the root of systemic problems that belie claims of social, political, economic and racial progress in America. 
Leid Stories tackles the issue head on.

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Heartfelt Thanks for Your Support - Distorting the Truth About Baltimore
Utrice expresses thanks for the outpouring of love and support after yesterday's program.

A deliberate effort is being made to distort the crisis in Baltimore. Utrice explains why.

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A Life-Changing Experience
An upset stomach turns out to be something that lands Utrice in the hospital undergoing a battery of tests that yield a somber diagnosis. 
She shares the experience with listeners.

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Free Your Mind! It’s for Your—and Our—Own Good!

What a week we’ve had! But we’ve survived it—hopefully unscathed, or with only a few minor scrapes and scratches.

Now, take an analytical look at what we’ve come through and help us make sense of it. Give us your take on the insanities and absurdities we experienced this week. Or, take us someplace else entirely, introducing issues and ideas worthy of serious consideration and continuing debate.

This is the purpose of “Free Your Mind Friday” on Leid Stories. It’s how we help each other keep a grip on reality while not going stark-raving mad.

Make your contribution to our collective mental health. Call in (888-874-4888; it’s free!) and share your unique insights with a hardy, well-mannered lot who appreciate sincerity of effort and independence of thought.

That done, you can then take comfort in knowing you’ve done your bit save the world.

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Dr. Yosef A. A. ben-Jochannan: Requiem for A Seeker and Teacher of Truth

Internationally renowned scholar Dr. Yosef Alfredo Antonio ben-Jochannan, affectionately known as “Dr. Ben,” lies in state today at Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem; a funeral service will be held at the church tomorrow at 9:30 a.m.

Dr. Ben died on March 19 at the age of 97, and new funeral arrangements had to be made to accommodate large contingents of mourners and dignitaries from across the nation and the world wanting to pay their respects.

A noted Egyptologist and specialist in ancient Nile Valley cultures and histories, Dr. Ben belonged to a revered group of African, African American and Caribbean scholars whose pioneering research and published works validated the centrality of Africa to world civilizations.  

Leid Stories pays tribute to Dr. Ben today. Dr. Arthur Lewis, a Harlem physician and community activist who was a close associate of Dr. Ben for more than 40 years, shares personal recollections of the scholar’s singleminded mission to advance and expand knowledge of Africa’s contributions to the world.

  

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Post-Runoff Blues: Chi-Town the Day After

Rahm Emanuel’s Win Points Up Nagging Problem of Leadership

The day after The Great Runoff finds Chicagoans taking the outcome—Rahm Emanuel’s return to City Hall for a second term—in stride, and political gurus mining the numbers for hidden clues about the race.

Emanuel’s win, with 56 percent of the vote, came the hard way, and with a repeat of the message that he’s not nearly the gift he thinks he is to Chicago. Challenger and first-time mayoral contender Jesús “Chuy” García, a Cook County commissioner who helped block Emanuel from winning a majority of the votes in the Feb. 24 election (which forced the runoff), got 44 percent of the vote.

Leid Stories listener-correspondent Gardis H. Watts, a native Chicagoan who filed a report about the race on Monday, the eve of the election, describes the day-after mood in Chi-Town.

Host Utrice Leid follows with a blistering commentary: “Why Rahm Emanuel Should Have Been  Defeated.”    


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Nigeria’s Muhammadu Buhari: Really A ‘Fresh Start?

Badges, Bullets & Bodies: Police Killings at All-Time High

Former military strongman Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria’s president-elect, rode the crest of popular support for his campaign promise to rout both Boko Haram terrorists and rampant government corruption from the continent’s most populous nation. But as he forms his transition team and selects key members of his administration, which officially begins May 29, Buhari is already warning his countrymen not to expect “miracles.”

Buhari’s political triumph is being hailed as a “new start,” not only for Nigeria, but also for the region and the continent as a whole. Is there reason to believe that the former major-general who led a coup in 1983 that brought him to power and whose regime racked up more than a fair share of human rights abuses is now a born-again democrat?

Dr. Chika Onyeani, the Nigerian publisher and editor in chief of the New York-based African Sun-Times, gives his analysis of Buhari’s return to power and its potential impact on the war-ravaged region.

In March alone, 111 people—most of them unarmed and men of color—were killed by police, according to the American Civil Liberties Union. Two weeks ago, the U.S. Department of Justice said that Philadelphia police had shot and killed 400 people in seven years, 80 percent of them African Americans. These and other statistics confirm an extremely disturbing pattern.

Michael Greys, cofounder of 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care and cohost of “Community Cop” on the Manhattan Neighborhood Network, says the race-based patterns of police killings long have been established. The issue, he says, is that they continue despite claims of systemic “reforms.”

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