Heat and humidity through the weekend, with a chance for pop-up thunderstorms. A cold front should come through sometime on Sunday, bringing more storms, but cooler temperatures for the start of next week.
7-year-old Kester “Tony” Browne and his mother, Jennifer Jeffrey-Browne, 31, were found dead in their home in Southwest Baltimore yesterday morning. Both were shot in the head. There’s no word yet on a suspect or motive in the murders. Tony Browne is being remembered as a bright, energetic boy that was learning Mandarin Chinese at Baltimore International Academy. This brings Baltimore to 38 homicides for the month of May.
In an ongoing competition with himself to say the most insensitive thing possible, local Fraternal Order of Police president Gene ‘Lynch Mob’ Ryan chose the day a child was murdered to issue a statement complaining about the real victims: the police. “There is no respect. Police are under siege in every quarter. They are more afraid of going to jail for doing their jobs properly than they are of getting shot on duty.”
Meanwhile, the Sun discovered that three of the six officers charged with ‘doing their jobs properly’ when Freddie Gray had his spine severed, unrestrained in the back of a police van after a spurious arrest, were arrested without handcuffs. An uncuffed Caesar Goodson, Jr., the police van driver charged with second-degree murder, was even greeted with a hug. No respect.
Experts and that loud guy in your corner bar agree: Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake may have a tough time running for re-election next year. Nobody else has declared intent to run, but former mayor Sheila Dixon could be considering a bid, alongside several city council members. One thing working in Rawlings-Blake favor: cash. Rawlings-Blake has a several hundred thousand dollar head-start on campaign fundraising.
Speaking of slim election chances, Martin O’Malley is expected to announce his presidential campaign tomorrow on Federal Hill. Protesters will be staking out O’Malley’s event, hoping to draw attention to how his aggressive policing policies contributed to the current climate in Baltimore.
Festivals, BBQ, and a bubble parade are highlights in Baltimore magazine’s weekend lineup. There’s even more weekend events over at SouthBmore.com.