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Efforts to slow transmission of the coronavirus have affected nearly every walk of life. Two chaplains tell us how they’ve creatively adapted their approaches to offer comfort and care to patients and staff during this time of social distancing. Rabbi Jeffrey Orkin is director of pastoral care at Levindale long-term care facility. And Rev. Denise White is staff chaplain at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Because visitors are are allowed in only a few circumstances during the pandemic, she says the solace she can offer patients is even more urgent.
When crime surged in 2015 after the Freddie Gray protests, Baltimore police were more determined than ever to rack up more arrests and seize more illegal guns from the streets. A new book, 'I Got A Monster: The Rise and Fall of America's Most Corrupt Police Squad,' chronicles how that empowered cops on the ‘Gun Trace Task Force’--some of whom had been planting evidence, making illegal arrests and robbing drug dealers for years--to step up their own illicit activities. We talk with Brandon Soderbergwho co-wrote the book with Baynard Woods. It took a federal indictment to shut down the Gun Trace Task force in 2017. We ask why the authors say prosecutors and police commanders looked away.
Photos in conjunction with the book are on view through August 21 at Current Space at 421 N. Howard St., from photographers including Devin Allen, a video installation that shows two shorts clips from the documentary based on 'I Got A Monster' and police surveillance and surveillance plane footage.