Baltimore City Paper writer Caitlin Goldblatt and Buzzfeed News report that many of the 235 protesters arrested Monday night—including 34 juveniles— in Baltimore remain in jail without formal charges nearly two days later.
The State’s Attorney’s office and the courts were closed on Tuesday because of the protests, depriving many of those arrested without a chance to appear in court.
Maryland law requires all detainees to have a court appearance within 24 hours of their arrest, though Katie D’Adamo, a Baltimore public defender, told Buzzfeed that the state of emergency declared Monday night by Maryland governor Larry Hogan might supersede those laws.
D’Adamo claims none of the hundreds arrested Monday night were charged until Wednesday morning; according to Rochelle Ritchie, Director of Communications for the State’s Attorney’s office, 93 people had been charged by midday Wednesday.
Goldblatt reports that many of those charged have been ordered held on bails of hundreds of thousands dollars.
"If you're poor, that's being held with no bail."April 29, 2015
There is no limit on how high judges can set cash-only bail.April 29, 2015
Among those being held, according to Goldblatt, is Vice reporter Shawn Carrie, who was arrested Monday night after being injured by a rubber bullet fired by police.
Hearing @shawncarrie has been told he's "fine" by police, even though he has been dizzy & believes he has a concussion. No medical help.April 29, 2015
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