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BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore has broken its per-capita homicide record.

In 2017, the city recorded 343 killings, bringing the homicide rate to a historical high of roughly 56 per 100,000 people. Baltimore, whose population has shrunk over decades, currently has about 615,000 inhabitants.

Some attribute the increase to more illegal guns, the fallout of the opioid epidemic, or various systemic failures.

Others blame police, accusing them of taking a hands-off approach to fighting crime since six officers were charged in connection with the 2015 death of Freddie Gray.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A judge has grilled lawyers for five Baltimore officers about why they should be allowed to sue the city's top prosecutor for charging them in the arrest and death of a young African-American.

Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the 4th Circuit repeatedly interrupted the officers' lawyers Wednesday while hearing an appeal by State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby. She is asking the court to overturn a judge's decision to allow parts of the officers' lawsuit against her to go to trial.

Mosby's lawyers insist that as a prosecutor, she is immune from the lawsuit.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - More than 2 1/2 years since Freddie Gray suffered a fatal spinal injury in a Baltimore police van, the last of the efforts to hold police officers accountable has sputtered to a close.

The 25-year-old black man's 2015 death in police custody triggered massive protests and the city's worst riots in decades.

Three officers were acquitted at trial and Baltimore's state attorney dropped the three remaining cases. The U.S. Department of Justice in September declined to bring federal civil rights charges against the six officers - three white and three black.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A police disciplinary board has cleared a Baltimore officer in a review of the death of a 25-year-old black man whose neck was broken in a police van.

The three-member panel ruled Friday that Lt. Brian Rice was not guilty on all charges. Rice is the highest ranking officer involved in the arrest and van transport of Freddie Gray in April 2015.

Gray died of a spinal cord injury a week after he was injured, setting off Baltimore's worst riots in decades. The unrest forced Maryland to bring in the National Guard.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A police disciplinary board has heard closing arguments in a probe of the highest ranking Baltimore officer involved in the 2015 arrest of a 25-year-old Freddie Gray who died from injuries he sustained in a police van.

Attorneys gave their closing arguments Thursday. It wasn't immediately clear when the three-member panel will issue a ruling.

Lt. Brian Rice was shift commander during the April 2015 arrest and van transport of Gray. Rice was acquitted in a criminal trial last year but still faced 10 charges before a police board.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The highest-ranking Baltimore police officer who responded to the arrest of a Freddie Gray who later died in custody didn't give a reason to investigators about why he didn't buckle the man into a seatbelt in the back of a van as required.

Detective Sgt. Thomas Curtis testified Monday at the start of administrative disciplinary proceedings in the case of Lt. Brian Rice, who is fighting for his job.

Curtis says when Rice was asked why he didn't put a seatbelt around Gray during an interview, he responded that "he just didn't."

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore's mayor said Wednesday she will renew a push to add two civilians to police trial boards after a board of three officers ruled that a police van driver violated no policies when a black man was fatally injured inside his van.

The death of Freddie Gray in 2015 a week after he was injured during a police van ride sparked riots and reform efforts in the state capital, but police union opposition has kept civilians off such panels in Baltimore, even as civilians join police in handling complaints in other cities.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore's police commissioner says he remains committed to an effort to discipline officers for the treatment of Freddie Gray, who died in police custody.

Commissioner Kevin Davis issued a statement Tuesday after an administrative board found Officer Caesar Goodson didn't violate department policies while driving Gray to a police station in 2015. Gray died a week later from injuries suffered during the journey, touching off days of protests and rioting.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore's police commissioner says he remains committed to an effort to discipline officers for the treatment of Freddie Gray, who died in police custody.

Commissioner Kevin Davis issued a statement Tuesday after an administrative board found Officer Caesar Goodson didn't violate department policies while driving Gray to a police station in 2015. Gray died a week later from injuries suffered during the journey, touching off days of protests and rioting.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A lawyer for the Baltimore police van driver who transported Freddie Gray the day his spine was severed says the police department is trying to run over Officer Caesar Goodson in "a bus without any evidence in it."

Attorney Thomas Tompsett accused internal investigators on Monday of ignoring evidence that could have exonerated Goodson. The van driver is accused of multiple violations of police policies relating to the fatal injuries suffered by Gray, who died a week after his April 2015 arrest.

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