Baltimore: Police as “Occupation”

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Date: 2015-04-28 08:51
From: “Institute for Public Accuracy .”

Institute for Public Accuracy
980 National Press Building, Washington, D.C. 20045
(202) 347-0020 [1] * [2]

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Baltimore: Police as “Occupation”

Interviews Available

The _New York Times_ reports: “Maryland’s governor activated the
National Guard on Monday and the city of Baltimore announced a curfew
for all residents as a turbulent day that began with the funeral of
25-year-old Freddie Gray, the nation’s latest symbol of police
brutality, ended with rioting by rock-throwing youths, arson, looting
and at least 15 police officers injured.”

STEPHEN JANIS, (443) 388-4398 [3],, @TheRealNews
Janis, an award-winning Baltimore-based investigative reporter now with
The Real News [5], is author of _You Can’t Stop Murder: Truths About
Policing in Baltimore and Beyond_ and co-author of _Why Do We Kill?: The
Pathology of Murder in Baltimore_. See two of his most recent reports:
“In Freddie Gray’s Neighborhood, Residents Say Police Harassment is
Constant [6]” and “At Freddie Gray’s Funeral, A Call for Real Change

MARSHALL “EDDIE” CONWAY, (410) 501-4363 [8],
Conway is currently a producer at the Real News Network, which is based
in Baltimore. In a new segment [9], he stresses that what’s going on in
Baltimore is not just about “the death of Freddie Gray, but it was a
situation in which the community didn’t have any support in terms of
resources. The community suffered from the lack of opportunities for
young people, there were no jobs in the community. Institutional racism,
the way the police policed the area, was considered by a lot of the
residents in the area to be an occupation. So eventually all the
speakers [at Gray’s funeral] called for an investigation and they ended
that with ‘No Justice, No Peace.’ …

“Maryland has the highest number of people killed in the last three
years by a police department, 111 to date. It’s higher than any other
state, 41 percent of them were unarmed, a large majority of them were
black. … No police officers have been charged. And I think the
difference between what’s happening here in Baltimore now and what
happened in South Carolina just a month ago is that those officers were
fired. An investigation was launched immediately. Here in Baltimore
there has been no feedback whatsoever. There’s been silence from the
government, there’s been silence from the police department. And young
people in the street are not only frustrated, but they fear for their

In December, The Real News held a town hall: “Should the Community
Control the Police? [10]” Conway said then that the police department’s
“primary mission is to protect wealth and property and to protect those
people that are wealthy and that own that property. And the reaction in
the community is to keep the community completely under control, those
people that don’t have any wealth and don’t have any power. They have to
maintain a certain level of control.”

Conway was a leader of the Baltimore chapter of the Black Panther Party
and was released from prison on March 4, 2014 after having served 43
years and 11 months.

See Institute for Public Accuracy news release from Thursday:
“Baltimore: Policing and “Pathology of Murder [11].”

For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020 [1], (202) 421-6858 [12]; or David Zupan,
(541) 484-9167 [13]

Contact information: Institute for Public Accuracy, Institute for Public
Accuracy, 980 National Press Building, Washington, DC 20045

[1] tel:%28202%29%20347-0020
[3] tel:%28443%29%20388-4398
[8] tel:%28410%29%20501-4363
[12] tel:%28202%29%20421-6858
[13] tel:%28541%29%20484-9167


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