Is DeRay's Run For Mayor The Next Step For Black Lives Matter?

Wednesday night, just minutes before the deadline, the 30-year-old civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson filed to run for mayor of his hometown of Baltimore, and, in coordination with the The Baltimore Sun, Washington Post, and The New York Times, announced his campaign on Medium. The announcement, which had been…

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Baltimore Cops Have Found A New Enemy: Dirt-Bikers

On North Avenue in the Station North Arts district—a midpoint between East and West Baltimore—a wall is affixed with a wheatpaste image of legendary dirt-biker Wheelie Wayne popping his namesake alongside the words, “Pick up a bike, put down a gun.” It’s popular slogan among the 12 O’Clock Boys, a black dirt-bike crew…

As Black Churches Burn, Feds Close In on Suspect in CVS Arson 

Right now, there’s a federal manhunt for the man who burned a Baltimore CVS. After two months of prolonged public investigation, the ATF has finally fingered the man responsible: one Raymon Carter, age 24, black, five-foot-eight, 180 pounds. He’s probably “fit the description” for a decade now—but now, the description…

Baltimore Cops On Why They Took Over, And Why They're Now Gone

There are no more cops in riot gear in Baltimore, but the severe shift in their presence —from armored cops policing peaceful protests to their laidback distance during the high homicide count this month— can’t help but feel like a silent counter-threat to some citizens of West Baltimore. The end of May marks the…

Baltimore Cop: We're Hungry And Getting Shorted On Overtime Pay

By declaring an official state of emergency in Baltimore, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake meant to bolster the Baltimore City Police Department. But with the National Guard and thousands of law-enforcement officials from around the mid-Atlantic region on the scene, one of the local cops says the force feels attention…