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The Republic and HBO's The Wire PHIL-255-01: Baltimore Riots 2015

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There are only a few scholarly articles  about the 2015 Baltimore Riots. However, there are many scholarly articles on the broader topics of police brutality, race relations in urban areas. Search for these and other topics in databases such as:


Von Drehle, David, Josh Sanburn, Alex Altman, Massimo Calabresi, Maya Rhodan, and Michael Scherer.  "The Roots of a Riot. (Cover story)." Time, May 11, 2015, 39.

The article discusses the decades-long history of systemic failure in Baltimore, Maryland which led-up to the riots in the city following the funeral of resident Freddie Gray who died after sustaining injuries while in police custody in 2015. According to the article, the Baltimore, Maryland city government has paid out close to six millions dollars to settle claims filed by over 100 victims of police brutality. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and race-related violence are also examined.


Timeline Freddie Gray's arrest, death and the aftermath

Source: Baltimore police and staff reports


Freddie Gray's Neighborhood

Scott, Shane, Stewart, Nikita, and Ron Nixon.  "A Hard but Hopeful Home to 'a Lot of Freddies'." The New York Times, May 3, 2015, http:// 

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The article discusses the economic and social conditions in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood of West Baltimore, Maryland, noting that the neighborhood was home to Freddie Gray, an African American man who suffered life-ending injuries while in police custody. Topics addressed include high rates of unemployment, violent crime, and incarceration in the neighborhood; tensions between police and African Americans in the neighborhood; and the experiences of a young family in Sandtown-Winchester.


Baltimore's Economy in Black and White."  CNN Money
Baltimore Area Economic Summary.  Updated August 30, 2017.
2015 unemployment, employment, wage, CPI data, some compared to the US.


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