Baltimore Explodes but Is Race the Issue?
The curfew’s lifted, but frustrations over police killings and racial barriers remain. Tensions boiled on Baltimore streets last week after the police-custody death of Freddie Gray, but the Ferguson comparisons may stop there. With a black mayor and police commissioner and evenly mixed officers, some say Maryland’s tension is socioeconomic, not racial. Now, with six cops facing charges, the battle has begun between police unions, law-and-order advocates and those who have declared war on what increasingly appears to be a nationwide pattern of abusive authority.