Arrest made in Baltimore anti-violence activist's death
BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore Police say they've made an arrest in the killing of a well-known anti-violence activist.
Police commissioner Michael Harrison thanked officers in a statement Thursday “for their diligence" in apprehending the suspect in the killing of Dante Barksdale.
Harrison said he will work with prosecutors “to ensure justice is served.”
News outlets report that police served an arrest warrant on 28-year-old Garrick L. Powell Jr., who was home on pretrial detention on unrelated gun charges in Anne Arundel County. Officials didn’t immediately provide a motive in the killing of Barksdale in January.
In a statement, Mayor Brandon Scott said Barksdale was a “victim of the very gun violence he was determined to prevent.”
“Dante was persistently present in our toughest communities to engage young people and impart healthier approaches to solving conflict...I remain committed to working with Commissioner Harrison to build a safer Baltimore and fulfill Dante’s hope for young people across the city.” pic.twitter.com/vxJ99EbKSP— Brandon M. Scott (@MayorBMScott) May 20, 2021