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Freddie Gray, 25, was arrested April 12 following a foot pursuit by officers in the Gilmor Homes area of West Baltimore, and he suffered a severe spinal injury while in police custody. His death a week later sparked protests over police brutality and unrest in the city — including looting and rioting — that drew international attention to the case. On April 27, riots erupted throughout the city; all told, 235 people were arrested, 20 police officers were injured, hundreds of businesses were damaged and 144 vehicles and 15 buildings were set on fire during the chaos that Monday evening. A citywide curfew was enacted and a state of emergency declared.

Below is The Sun's live blog coverage of the Baltimore unrest and riots. Live blog coverage began April 24 as police provided the first of many updates about the Gray investigation and continued until May 3, two days after Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby announced charges against the six officers.

April 27 riots coverage: Riots erupt: Baltimore descends into chaos, violence, looting | Baltimore rioting kicked off with rumors of 'purge' | Friends, family bid farewell to Freddie Gray | Damage and incidents of violence [Map] | Photo gallery | Video | Reader reaction [Map]

Key live blog updates:

April 25: Protesters clash downtown
April 27: Freddie Gray's funeral; first mentions of 'credible threats' and a 'purge' | Clashes with police at Mondawmin Mall, downtown | Police update: 'A trying and disappointing day'; pastors, Gray family speak on night of riots
April 28: Cleanup begins | Gang members call for peace | Tensions rise again | First night of curfew, unrest continues
May 1: State's Attorney announces charges against 6 officers

Visit our special section for the latest news and The Baltimore Sun's in-depth coverage on the Gray case and ensuing unrest.
  • The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3 is asking Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby to appoint a special prosecutor to the Freddie Gray investigation because of her personal connection to the Gray family’s attorney, William H. “Billy” Murphy Jr., and her marriage to a City Councilman.

    The letter from FOP President Gene Gyan also states that none of the six officers involved in Gray’s arrest and death were responsible for the 25-year-old West Baltimore man’s death that spurred a night of rioting, looting, protests and unrest. The letter was released just minutes before Mosby announced charges against the officers.

    “Not one of the officers involved in this tragic situation left home in the morning with the anticipation that someone with whom they interacted would not go home that night,” the letter states. “As tragic as this situation is, none of the officers involved are responsible for the death of Mr. Gray.”

    Ryan requests that Mosby “appoint a Special Independent Prosecutor.”

    “I have very deep concerns about the many conflicts of interest presented by your office conducting an investigation in this case,” the letter states.

    “These conflicts include your personal and professional relations with Gray family attorney, William Murphy, and the lead prosecutor’s connections with members of the local media,” the letter states. “Based on several nationally televised interviews, these reporters are likely to be witnesses in any potential litigation regarding this incident.”

    Murphy supported Mosby during her campaign last year. He donated $5,000 to her campaign and served on her transition committee.

    In a statement to The Baltimore Sun, Mosby said the Gray case doesn’t pose any conflicts for her and the police union donated to other candidates in election to be the state’s attorney.

    “State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby has been elected by the residents in Baltimore City to uphold the law in every neighborhood including her own, regardless of if her husband is the councilman within the district where numerous crimes occur,” said spokeswoman Rochelle Ritchie. “Hundreds of people donated to her campaign. There is no conflict of interest surrounding Billy Murphy. He is representing the family in a civil case which has nothing to do with the criminal case.”

    The FOP letter also expresses problems with Mosby’s marriage to Baltimore City Councilman Nick Mosby.

    “Most importantly, it is clear that your husband’s political future will be directly impacted, for better or worse, by the outcome of your investigation,” the letter states. “In order to avoid any appearance of impropriety or a violation of the Professional Rules of Professional Responsibilty, I ask that you appoint a Special Prosecutor to determine whether or not any charges should be filed.”

    The letter continued:

    “We recognize that there are many dimensions to this situation: the public sentiments – on all sides; the investigation being conducted by your office; the internal police investigation; and a necessary review of the tools, equipment, and resources afforded to Baltimore police officers in order to carry out their sworn duty as police officers.”

    Ryan could not be reached for comment.

    The letter also states that the officers involved in the case are “sincerely saddened by Mr. Gray’s passing.”

    “They are all committed police officers who have dedicated their careers to the Baltimore City Police Department,” he writes. “And that has been lost in all of the publicity. All death is tragic. And death associated with interaction with police is both shocking and frightening to the public. Not one of the officers involved in this tragic situation left home in the morning with the anticipation that someone with whom they interacted would not go home that night. As tragic as this situation is, none of the officers involved are responsible for the death of Mr. Gray.”

    “To the contrary, at all times, each of the officers diligently balanced their obligations to protect Mr. Gray and discharge their duties to protect the public,” the letter states.

    “I have full faith in your professional integrity. While I have the utmost respect for you and your office, I have very deep concerns about the many conflicts of interest presented by your office conducting an investigation in this case.”
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