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.[audio https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/191633883/HMWC%20Interviews/Dr%20Christina%20Greer%2C%20Baltimore%20Uprising%2C%204.30.15.mp3]
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.
On today’s Hofstra’s Morning Wake Up Call we revisited an interview we did earlier this summer with Theresa Sanders about race relations and housing options on Long Island in the wake of a recent report that found that the region’s history of racially segregated housing patterns is linked to school district disparities that most negatively affect minority children
Sanders is the president and CEO of Urban League Long Island.[audio https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/191633883/HMWC%20Interviews/theresa%20sanders%20urban%20league%20li%205-20-13.mp3]