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Baltimore Police Officers Face Homicide Charges:  State's attorney for Baltimore Marilyn Mosby announced today that the six police officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray are facing criminal charges in relation to his death.  Fox News reports that one of the officers was charged with murder, three with manslaughter, and two with assault.  Mosby said that the officers had "no basis" for arresting Gray, who died of a broken neck while being transported in a police van.

'Broken Windows' Policing Still Works:  NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton delivered a message yesterday defending the enforcement laws against low-level crimes.  Citing that 'broken windows theory,' that the enforcement of lesser crimes improves the quality of life and reduces serious crime, Bratton said it is something that we need "now more than ever."  Rocco Parascandola, Denis Slattery, and Jennifer Fermino report that Bratton says that more misdemeanor arrests lead to fewer felony arrests because crime is prevented more effectively overall.  However, the pro-sentencing reform City Council does not agree, claiming 'broken windows' is a model that unfairly targets minorities.

Criminal Free Under Realignment Pulls Gun On Cop:  An AB 109 probationer was wounded and arrested after pulling a gun on a police officer during a foot chase in the Los Angeles city of Baldwin Park.  Brian Day of the San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports that James Anthony Teter fled when an officer recognized him as an AB 109 probationer wanted for violating the terms of his release.  Teter was released on PRCS on April 8 after serving three months for resisting or obstructing police and violating his probation.  He has been booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer.

Mandatory Minimums for Felons with Guns:  Milwaukee has been experiencing a surge of violence, with homicides up more than 180 percent from last year, prompting state lawmakers to introduce a bill that would create mandatory minimum sentences for felons caught with guns.  Ben Handelman of Fox 6 Now reports that the bill requires that a felon in possession of a firearm be sentenced to at least three years in prison, and eight years for use of a firearm during a violent crime.  The Milwaukee Police Department likes the bill, but the it faces major opposition from strange bedfellows: the ACLU and NRA.

New Patrols, Cameras Fight Denver Gang Violence:  The city of Denver and federal officials are working together to reduce the gang violence that currently plagues the city.  Phil Tenser of the Denver Channel reports that Denver's mayor has ordered the police department to conduct extra patrols in high-crime neighborhoods and is working with the ATF to add 15 new High Activity Location Observer (HALO) cameras in the area.  So far this year, 17 fatal shootings have occurred, 12 of which were gang-related.

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