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Officers in custody...Charges bring shouts of "Justice!"...Prosecutors learn more about bridge closing



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BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore's mayor says at least five of the six police officers who've been charged in the death of Freddie Gray are now in custody. Gray's neck was broken while he was in police custody, prompting renewed outrage around the country over police brutality against African-Americans. One officer is charged with second-degree murder. The others face charges including manslaughter. The city's top prosecutor says Gray was illegally arrested, and then assaulted -- and that officers failed to get medical help for him.

BALTIMORE (AP) — The charges against six Baltimore police officers come as the city is still under a nighttime curfew, and as National Guard troops and police are still out in force in the aftermath of Monday's rioting. There have been cheers and shouts of "Justice!" on the streets of the city, where few had expected the charges to be filed so quickly.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says he trusts the legal process that resulted in charges against six Baltimore officers in the death of Freddie Gray. The likely presidential candidate was asked today how a president can address rising anger toward police. He told reporters a president can lead a conversation on how to fight the pockets of poverty that can result in dissatisfaction and anger. Commenting on the Baltimore case, Bush said: "The process works" and "people are innocent until proven guilty."

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Prosecutors say a guilty plea by a former ally of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is providing some answers about a politically-motivated scheme to close lanes on the George Washington Bridge two years ago. They say David Wildstein plotted with two other Christie allies, Bridget Kelly and Bill Baroni, to close the lanes as punishment for Fort Lee's mayor for refusing to endorse Christie's re-election bid. Wildstein pleaded guilty today, while Baroni and Kelly -- who was Christie's deputy chief of staff -- were charged in an indictment.

MILAN (AP) — Violence has erupted in Italy following the opening of Milan's Expo 2015. A few hours after Italian Premier Matteo Renzi inaugurated the world's fair, dozens of protesters split from a generally non-violent march in downtown Milan and began torching parked cars, smashing bank and store windows and throwing bottles at police and journalists. The violence occurred far from the expo grounds. Some 20 million visitors are expected to attend the expo, which runs through October.

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