Prisons and Policing

Anthony Anderson Sr. was brutally murdered on September 21, 2012 by Detectives Todd Strohman, Gregg Boyd, and Michael Vodarick of the BCPD. I personally am outraged that these cops have been allowed to get away with murder. State’s Attorney Bernstein refuses to prosecute the officers responsible. He should be fired immediately.

Rev. Cortly “C.D.” Witherspoon, outside Central Booking, after arrest at Baltimore City Hall.  Photo by: William Hughes. Photo Source: Baltimore Brew.

It took a long time to get their day in court to challenge the misdemeanor charges against them, but for two defendants and the attorney who represented them at trial, it was worth the wait. Sharon Black and the Rev. C.D. Witherspoon were charged with trespassing in a public building after hours on August 7, 2012. Following three separate postponements, including one postponement due to Super Storm Sandy, the two were found not guilty by a judge in the District Court for Baltimore City on January 22, 2013.

Message from the Baltimore Spectator: "If you can read this, I'm not a Threat"

This article is part two of an ongoing series about incarcerated journalist James MacArthur. The first article (“Informed and Dangerous”, published on January 16, 2013) documents MacArthur's history with the Baltimore Police Department since 2008. It includes a description of MacArthur's extralegal 40-day disappearance in March 2009. This article focuses specifically on the period leading up to MacArthur's arrest and evaluates the claim that he is a threat to police officers and to society.

Raymond Santana Jr., Sarah Burns, and David McMahon at a screening of "The Central Park Five" at The Brown Center. - Baltimore, MD. Photo By: Joe Tropea

Here’s a story the media got wrong. The one about the 28-year-old Wall Street investment banker who went jogging one night, in the Harlem end of Central Park, and was brutally beaten, raped, and left for dead. The alleged perpetrators were quickly flashed before the public on every front page and television screen—they were five African-American and Latino young men, who admitted their guilt in videotaped confessions. It’s a story the police got wrong, too.

President Barack Obama and his family at 2009 inaugeration. Photo by: EPA

Today, January 21, 2013, President Barack Obama will be publicly sworn in for his second term as the 44th President of the United States. For many, the election of President Obama signified a break with the past, a new era of "Hope" and "Change". Although Obama promised us a lot in the lead-up to his election, his appeal to liberals and progressives came from much more than his policies and campaign promises.

Journalist A. F. James MacArthur has been in jail since December 1, 2012. Known for reporting on crime and politics as The Baltimore Spectator, MacArthur is currently being held without bail or access to visitors. Despite outrage expressed by his allies and a habeas corpus hearing initiated by State Delegate Jill P. Carter, MacArthur remains in jail with no obvious path to freedom.

Armed guard outside school. (Source: Steve Liss/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image)

It’s been a month since tragedy struck Newtown, CT: a small, wealthy suburb of New York. On a clear December morning, a regular day at the local elementary school exploded in gunfire, forever transforming that community. In a few short minutes, they lost six adults and twenty children to dumbfounding violence.

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Eugene Jarecki’s new documentary, The House I Live In, explores America’s drug war, a conflict that has dragged on officially for more than 40 years. More of a phenomenon than actual war, it has cost U.S. taxpayers over $1 trillion and resulted in over 45 million arrests.

Dean Spade at the Baltimore Radical Bookfair Pavillion 2012. Photo By: Red Emma's

At this past September 2012's Baltimore Radical Bookfair Pavillion, a yearly weekend-long event that Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse organizes in conjunction with The Baltimore Book Festival, two reknowned authors and activists took the stage.

The Reallocate to Recreate Rally. Photo By: Casey McKeel

A crowd of over two hundred gathered downtown at the War Memorial Building at 101 North Gay Street two nights after President Barack Obama won re-election. They gathered to hear an assortment of over two dozen elected officials, city bureaucrats, religious leaders, and youth ambassadors speak out. Many were still visibly elated from the recent late-night election victory, but the occasion this evening was a serious one.

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