The death of Freddie Gray and the future of police reform

On a cold and rainy day shortly after the election, I interviewed Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis in his office overlooking the city’s downtown.

Donald Trump had just nominated noted racist Jeff Sessions as attorney general, and the consent decree the city had been negotiating with the federal government to reform its police department was in question.

Read the column in Baltimore City Paper, ISTHMUS, and more

2017-07-12T16:22:17+00:00

About the Author:

Baynard Woods
Baynard Woods founded Democracy in Crisis. He is editor at large at the Baltimore City Paper. His work has also appeared in the Guardian, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Vox, Salon, McSweeney’s, Virginia Quarterly Review, and many others. He is the author of the book “Coffin Point: The Strange Cases of Ed McTeer, Witchdoctor Sheriff,” about a white sheriff who used hoodoo to govern a largely black county for 37 years. He earned a Ph.D. in philosophy, focusing on ethics and tyranny and became a reporter in an attempt to live like Socrates. He wrote the libretto for Rhymes with Opera’s climate-change opera film “Adam’s Run.”