In the Media: Porter Jury Deliberates and Officials Call for Calm; Md Islamic Militant Arrested
A digest of Baltimore news from local sources.
From The Baltimore Sun: Baltimore Braces for Possibility of Unrest As Jury Deliberates Porter Verdict
"The mayor activated an emergency headquarters, the city school system warned students against violence and even the Obama administration asked for calm Monday as Baltimore began the wait for a verdict in the first trial of a police officer in the Freddie Gray case.
"Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said she wants business to continue as usual across the city but activated the Emergency Operations Center on Monday morning 'out of an abundance of caution.' The move put representatives from the city's police, fire, transportation, health and public works agencies in the same room, 'coordinated to respond if needed,' she said.
"Baltimore city schools CEO Gregory Thornton used similar language in a letter to parents, assuring them that the district is 'taking every precaution' to prevent a repeat of the April riots. He warned students that 'walkouts, vandalism, civil disorder, and any form of violence are not acceptable.'
"Bmore Bloc, which has led marches against alleged police brutality, called for a protest if Porter is acquitted. 'If Porter walks, shut it down,' the group said on social media. The People's Power Assembly said it would hold a protest and vigil outside the courthouse during jury deliberations until a verdict is reached."
From The Real News Network: Defense Rests its Case Trial of First Officer Charged With Killing Freddie Gray
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From The Washington Post: Maryland Man Accused of Trying to Support Islamic Militants
"A Maryland man is in federal custody after being charged with trying to provide support to militants in the Islamic State group and receiving money allegedly intended for carrying out a terrorist attack on U.S. soil, authorities said Monday.
"Mohamed Elshinawy, 30, of Edgewood appeared Monday afternoon before a federal magistrate in Baltimore after being arrested Friday."Elshinawy, also known as “Mojoe” or “Mo Jo,” consented to detention pending trial. No arraignment date was set.
"Elshinawy is charged with trying to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, obstruction of agency proceedings, and misleading investigators by making false statements and falsifying or concealing material facts. He faces up to 31 years in prison if convicted on all counts.
"According to an FBI affidavit, Elshinawy began communicating through social media with a childhood friend in Egypt earlier this year and pledged his allegiance to the Islamic State group in February."
From The AFRO American: Jesse Jackson to Speak at Morgan State Winter Commencement
"The 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 will be observed at Morgan State University’s winter commencement on Dec. 18, and—fittingly—civil rights icon the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. will offer the keynote address.
"Nearly 370 graduates will cross the stage at Talmadge Hill Field House on Morgan’s campus, receiving their reward for years of study. Undoubtedly, however, Jackson’s speech will be the high point of the ceremony.
"An accomplished orator and two-time presidential candidate, Jackson has a storied history that is a source of inspiration for many. But it is his work as a human and civil rights activist, including his tireless advocacy for legislation such as the Voting Rights Act, that makes him so renowned.