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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal appeals court has blocked a lawsuit against the Baltimore state's attorney filed by officers who say she maliciously prosecuted them in the death of Freddie Gray who suffered a fatal spinal injury in custody.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday reversed a ruling by a lower court judge who had allowed key parts of the lawsuit against Marilyn Mosby to go forward.

Gray died a week after he was hurt in a van, sparking protests and rioting. Mosby charged six officers. Three were acquitted, and Mosby dropped the other cases.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A federal judge has told Baltimore's political and police leaders Friday that compliance with a federal consent decree is not optional.

U.S. District Judge James Bredar on Friday held the first public court hearing in Baltimore to review how initial progress is going with a federal oversight program requiring expansive reform of the city's police department. He signed the order a year ago over objections from President Donald Trump's Justice Department.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland National Guard officials have acknowledged that the guard can't account for hundreds of rounds of ammunition that, at least on paper, were distributed during unrest in Baltimore.

Guard spokesman Col. Charles Kohler tells The Baltimore Sun that they aren't sure whether the 1,500 missing M4 rounds actually disappeared. He says it may just be an "accounting error" on their books. Kohler says the guard "did not find anybody liable" for a "broken chain of custody" over the ammunition.

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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.

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.


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."

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.