STATEMENT: VANGUARD JUSTICE SOCIETY RESPONDS TO INDICTMENTS OF SIX BALTIMORE POLICE OFFICERS
“The Vanguard Justice Society continues to support all six of our colleagues during this very difficult time for both citizens and police officers alike. We firmly believe in, and uphold, the principle that an individual is innocent until proven guilty by a jury of their peers.
Vanguard also continues to stress that we, as an organization of African American and minority officers in the Baltimore Police Department, should have input in the upcoming investigation of the Baltimore Police Department by the U.S. Department of Justice.
We too are part of this community and, as a result, welcome and strongly encourage the investigation into the patterns and practices of the Baltimore Police Department as they relate not only to interaction with citizens but also their impact on the role, status and treatment of its members and other officers. Vanguard’s goal is to start a national dialogue with the hope that the conversation will result in improved police-public relationships; and address the concerns of the African American community.” Read in Full >>
TGR: Six Officers Indicted in Freddie Gray Homicide
I imagine there is a sigh of relief for many – a gasp for air for others. A blow has been struck on behalf of the community, a majority black community in West Baltimore. The Case of Freddie Gray’s untimely death at the age of 25 has taken a second critical step towards justice.
The six officers involved in Gray’s death were indicted today. Read in Full >>
Op/Ed: A New Normal for Baltimore... and Beyond by Sen. Catherine Pugh
For those of us who live in Baltimore and love Baltimore, the last several weeks have brought us from the depths of despair and isolation to the heights of solidarity and hope for rebirth. As the light continues to shine on us, we have an opportunity to transform the character of the city by seriously welcoming, and making visible, two populations of people who can be key to our physical and moral recovery: college students and citizens with criminal records.
Baltimore is just as much a college town as Boston is, but we need to aggressively invite our thousands of graduating college students to stay in Baltimore and help us rebuild. These students can be the key to solving the problem of more than 16,000 boarded-up abandoned houses if we sell them houses for $1 in return for their commitment to renovate and invest in the city's future. We need their energy and imagination to restore Baltimore's greatness as an exciting and vibrant city. Read in Full >>