Thunderstorms possible later today, with highs in the upper 60s. Tomorrow will be cloudy and linger in the 50s.
Here are yesterday’s developments:
The Department of Justice is opening a civil rights probe into Freddie Gray’s arrest and death. The DOJ investigation will be carried out independently of the city’s internal investigation. The DOJ has already been examining the Baltimore Police as part of a review requested by the BPD after previous instances of brutality and misconduct.
Police released the names of the six officers involved with Gray’s arrest.They’ve been suspended with pay, pending investigation.
Anderson Cooper peppered Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake about why it’s taking so long to get information about Gray’s death. Her answers were less than satisfying.
Gov. Larry Hogan is being pressured to approve spending $68 million of additional funding set aside by the state’s General Assembly for education.The discretionary funding was intended to cover a gap in funding the state’s school districts where per student costs are highest. Hogan opposed the additional funding (he wanted to use the money for the state’s pension fund), but he says he hasn’t decided what he’ll do yet.
The University of Maryland is debating whether or not to introduce alcohol sales inside their sporting venues. Supporters argue that in-stadium sales would discourage binge drinking by students before events, and provide additional revenue. Opponents see it contributing to an already dangerous college drinking culture.