Rodney King

Root causes of violence must be addressed

Last week, six Baltimore City policemen were charged with a number of crimes in the death of Freddie Gray. The indictments ranged from misconduct in office and false imprisonment to "second-degree depraved-heart murder," a more serious charge than involuntary manslaughter. Reactions to the indictments came from inside and outside Maryland, across the entire political spectrum. Locally, Carroll County Sheriff Jim DeWees wondered why the indictments were made without Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby first having convened a grand jury. Apparently, the State Medical Examiner's ruling that Gray's death was a homicide and serious procedural errors were...