What you should know about the Baltimore uprisings

Members of the community work to clean up a recently looted and burned CVS STORE in Baltimore, Maryland, United States April 28, 2015. JIM BOURG/REUTERS

Members of the community work to clean up a recently looted and burned CVS STORE in Baltimore, Maryland, United States April 28, 2015. JIM BOURG/REUTERS

All eyes are on Baltimore as the city faces intense unrest after the death of Freddie Gray, a man who died as the result of a spinal cord injury sustained while in police custody. The governor of Maryland has declared a state of emergency. The National Guard is on the scene. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has imposed a curfew on residents. School was cancelled earlier this week. Even yesterday’s Orioles game was closed off to the public for fear of rioting. But the real question is why is this happening? Dr Christina Greer, a political science professor at Fordham University breaks it down on the Morning Wake Up Call.

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Ferguson: grand jury won’t indict Darren Wilson

Unrest in Ferguson has been near constant since August. IMAGE: ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, J.B. FORBES/ASSOCIATED PRESS

Unrest in Ferguson has been near constant since August. IMAGE: ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, J.B. FORBES/ASSOCIATED PRESS

Last week, the Grand Jury in Ferguson declined to indict officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

The decision leaves us with more questions than answers. Debbie Hines, practicing ¬†trial attorney and former prosecutor joined us on Hofstra’s Morning Wake Up Call to discuss the reasoning of the jury and what will come next for the troubled town in the aftermath of intense riots and protests.