Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake asked the U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday to investigate the city's police department for civil rights violations after the death of a black man from injuries sustained in police custody. The investigation will look into police practices such as frisks, street stops of suspects and arrests to see if they violate the U.S. Constitution, Rawlings-Blake said at a news conference. The request follows the April 19 death of Freddie Gray, 25, who sustained spinal injuries after being arrested. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan lifted a state of emergency for Baltimore on Wednesday.
By Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York jury ended its 16th day of deliberations on Wednesday with no verdict in the murder trial of a former deli worker who confessed to the 1979 killing of Etan Patz, a 6-year-old whose disappearance changed the way the United States responds to reports of missing children. The jury has been struggling to weigh kidnapping and murder charges against Pedro Hernandez, 54. The panel in state Supreme Court in Manhattan has twice told Judge Maxwell Wiley it was deadlocked but both times was ordered to keep trying. Jurors were due back in court on Thursday to begin a 17th day of deliberations.