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Tensions High In Baltimore As Freddie Gray Hearings Begin

Tensions are running high in Baltimore as pre-trial hearings begin in the Freddie Gray case.  At least one person was arrested as a group of 50 to 75 demonstrators briefly shut down a main street near the Inner Harbor.  Police say contrary to social media reports, a Taser was not used on the man and most protesters were cooperating and not blocking roadways.  A judge today denied a motion to dismiss charges against six police officers in the death of Gray.  Lawyers for both sides are arguing whether the officers should be tried as a group or separately.

Biggest Synthetic Drug Bust In DC

DC police are announcing what they say is the largest synthetic drug bust in city history.  They say 500 pounds of synthetic drugs were recently seized.  Under arrest are Siraj Issa and Yenework Abera, who are both charged with possession and intent to distribute XLR-Eleven.  DC police made the announcement this afternoon alongside representatives from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and other law enforcement agencies.

Senate Dems Ensure Iran Deal Will Go Through

The Iran nuclear deal has veto-proof support.  Today, Senate Democrats secured enough votes to block a veto override of the controversial accord.  Maryland’s Barbara Mikulski became the 34th Senate Democrat to endorse the landmark deal.  Lawmakers will vote on the accord later this month.  With unanimous Republican opposition, the House and Senate are expected to pass a resolution of disapproval.  That would be followed by a veto from President Obama. 

Search Continues For 3 Suspects In Killing Of IL Police Officer

Authorities in Illinois say the search continues for three people suspected in the fatal shooting of a Fox Lake police officer.  Detective Chris Covelli with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office said the search perimeter was pulled last night after an extensive manhunt that involved nearly 400 law enforcement officers.  He says dogs and six aircraft were also used to search a two-mile radius.  The Illinois State Police are now conducting “saturation patrols” which are being used to look for the three male suspects and to follow up on any leads that come in.  Fox Lake Police Lieutenant Joe Gliniewicz was fatally shot early yesterday while chasing three suspects on foot.

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Harold T. Fisher is a broadcast journalist and author. He is currently the host of the news/talk program, “The Daily Drum” on WHUR-FM and H-U-R Voices, Sirius/XM Channel 141. Highlights of his journalism campaigns include the aftermath of the earthquake in Port Au Prince, Haiti; coverage of the 2008 Democratic and Republican conventions; the Jena 6 protests in central Louisiana; the Midwestern floods of 1994 and hurricane Andrew in 1992.

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