On Monday, James Holmes went on trial for killing 11 people and injuring 70. It may be the first time a Colorado jury has ever had to weigh the insanity defense in a death penalty case, say legal experts.
Like Ferguson, Mo., Baltimore is dealing with the death of a young black man stopped by police for a minor infraction. But unlike Ferguson, officials in Baltimore have been quick to question police conduct, and protests have been generally peaceful.
Freddie Gray protest: The unrest in Baltimore comes amid a string of incidents nationwide where police have been videotaped physically abusing prone or handcuffed subjects, not to mention a series of controversial police killings of unarmed black men.
Several in the Oklahoma sheriff's department raised serious concerns about the performance of Robert Bates. Bates says he mistakenly used his pistol, thinking it was a stun gun, when he fatally shot Eric Harris.
The sharpening rhetorical divide between protesters and police supporters in Baltimore – fueled by a police union comment that likened demonstrators to a ‘lynch mob’ – reflects Americans’ stumbling efforts to see eye to eye on the issue of race.
A young black Baltimore man named Freddie Gray ended up dead after being arrested for carrying a small, spring-assisted pocket knife. The Justice Department has opened a civil rights investigation into his death.